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Unveiled: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT and Duke R

If you’re looking for a new bedroom poster then KTM has something that might interest you. Meet the 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT and the Super Duke R. One is a sports-tourer and the other one a naked street bike, so that you can choose what adorns your wall. Both motorcycles have received significant updates over their previous models, which include new features and added power.

1290 Super Duke GT
The 1301cc engine has received revised resonator chambers, titanium inlet valves and a new engine mapping. With these upgrades, the engine now produces 175bhp and 144Nm of torque. While the torque figure remains the same as before, power has increased by a solid 5 horespower. You also get different ride modes, with an optional ‘Track’ mode now. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, the 1290 Super Duke GT also gets the ‘Quickshifter+’ system, for smooth clutchless up and down shifts. The 2019 GT gets a new 6.5-inch TFT display with connectivity for your smartphone via an app. This allows for turn-by-turn navigation, receive and reject calls and change tracks on your playlist.

And if you are thinking that the list ends here, then you’d be wrong. The 1290 Super Duke GT gets an updated LED headlamp, a height-adjustable windscreen and a re-positioned cruise control switch to make it easier to use. Suspension receives an upgrade as well – the new-gen WP semi-active suspension will offer three settings – Comfort, Street and Sport. Braking duties are taken care of by dual 320mm discs at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear; and ABS is offered as standard. The 2019 Super Duke GT is also equipped with features like lean angle sensitive braking and traction control and heated grips and fuel-tank mounted cornering lights.

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1290 Super Duke R
If you think that the Aprilia Tuono V4 and the Triumph Street Triple R aren’t quite up to the mark, then let us introduce you to the 2019 Super Duke R. This isn’t an all-new motorcycle, but just like the GT, the R too, has received some major updates. The engine remains the same as the 1290 GT, but it develops 177bhp and 144Nm of torque for the Duke R. The 2019 model gets a ‘Track Pack’ and ‘Performance Pack’. While the Track Pack gets features like launch control, spin adjuster, three throttle response settings and anti-wheelie function; the Performance Pack gets motor slip regulation and ‘Quickshifter+’ system. Moreover, the Duke R gets Brembo monobloc brakes, cornering ABS, competition developed WP suspension, TFT-display and LED headlamp. Other than these, all the other mechanicals of the R are similar to that of the GT. The updated Super Duke R is available with two paint schemes – black and white – and new body decals. KTM promises more details about both motorcycles on November 6 at EICMA.


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