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KTM Makes Significant Changes to 2019 1290 Super Duke GT

Powering perhaps the sportiest sport tourer around, the massively powerful, 1301cc v-twin found in the 1290 Super Duke GT, believe it or not, gets a performance update for more horsepower and torque. For 2019, the beastly engine gets titanium valves and other modifications. Even more changes are found to the rest of the bike, with a revised windscreen, LED headlight, and a bright TFT instrument panel being just a few of those. Have a look at the full press release from KTM:


Meet the next generation of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT. At first glance, the 2019 “GT” betrays the distinct, extremely aggressive base of the 1290 SUPER DUKE R that became famous as the “Beast”. Even though it was drafted as a separate model, the GT approaches touring from a sporty angle. No ifs and buts. And just to let you know up front: the core of the SUPER DUKE GT will always be incredible performance. This KTM is the cutting-edge interpretation of a sport bike fit for travel. The 1290 SUPER DUKE GT is not a slimmed-down super tourer with racing stripes, it is an extremely sporty real-world champion, which for the first time masters the seemingly impossible split between mountainous twisties, comfortable long-distance highway travelling and breath-taking track day use, thanks to intelligent and innovative design and technology. For 2019 the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT features a new LED Headlight, Handguards, improved wind protection, a full color TFT Dashboard, a whole new shape of the front and many details like storage compartments and connectivity features. The GT’s engine also saw updates including titanium inlet valves, resonator chamber technology and new mapping, resulting in even further refinement, speed and performance.


  • UPDATED 1,301cc LC8 V-Twin engine now with titanium valves and intake resonator chambers sets the standard in the sports tourer segment in terms of horsepower and torque.
  • NEW 6.5” Multifunctional TFT Dashboard with KTM MY RIDE Navigation displays all important information in a clear and bright display.
  • NEW windscreen and height adjuster offers easy adjustment and better wind and weather protection.
  • NEW Handguards developed for perfect aerodynamic integration provide excellent rider comfort in all riding conditions.
  • NEW LED Headlight provides optimal visibility and illumination.
  • NEW Cruise Control design features switches on the left side of the handlebar and a display in the TFT dashboard to intuitively set and change the requested speed.
  • UPDATED WP Semi-Active Suspension introduces a new level in comfort and performance with three settings: Comfort, Street and Sport, while the damping rates adapt in real time.
  • Ultra-lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame with bolt-on rear trellis subframe is light yet strong.
  • Pirelli Angel GTs offer eager steering with a broad grip range and fantastic stability.
  • MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control) with Cornering ABS by Bosch incl. Supermoto mode, Ride mode technology and multi-stage, lean angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC).
  • Standard Quickshifter+ allows clutchless up- and downshifts under any load so the shift action is fast and smooth.
  • KTM MY RIDE comes as standard and features a Bluetooth connection to the rider’s smart phone to control audio playback and to accept phone calls.
  • KTM RACE ON keyless system for less hassle and increased security.
  • Optional dealer-installed competition closed course only Track Pack with ‘Track’ ride mode which allows 3 Drive Modes, Anti-wheelie off, TC slip adjust and Launch control.
  • Heated grips for cold riding weather comfort.
  • Color-matched panniers with enough storage to fit most full-faced helmets.


Engine Type: 2-Cylinder, 4-Stroke, 75° V-Twin, DOHC

Displacement: 1301 cc

Bore/Stroke: 108/71 mm

Starter: Electric; 12V 12Ah

Transmission: 6 Gears

Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 56 mm Throttle Bodies

Lubrication: Pressure Lubrication, 3 Eaton Pumps

Cooling: Liquid Cooling

Clutch: PASC Slipper Clutch, Hydraulically Operated

Ignition: Keihin EMS with Ride-By-Wire, Dual Ignition

Frame: Chrome-moly Steel Trellis

Subframe: Chrome-moly Steel Trellis

Handlebar:  Aluminum, Tapered, Ø 28/22 mm

Front Suspension: WP Semi-Active Suspension USD Ø 48 mm

Rear Suspension: WP Semi-Active Suspension Monoshock

Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 125 mm/4.9 in; 156 mm/6.1 in

Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 320 mm/240 mm

Front/Rear Wheels: 3.50 x 17”, 6.00 x 17”

Front/Rear Tires: 120/70ZR17”; 190/55ZR17”

Steering Head Angle: 24.9º

Wheelbase: 1,482mm ± 15 mm / 58.3 ± 0.6 in

Ground Clearance: 141 mm / 5.6 in

Seat Height: 835 mm / 32.9 in

Tank Capacity: 23 L / 6.1 gal

Weight (without fuel), Approx: 209 kg/ 460.8 lbs

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  1. Southbound says:

    NOW I remember where I’ve seen this front end before!! It’s the giant BUG from StarTroopers!

  2. toad says:


  3. Provologna says:

    If this was much uglier there’d be a law against it.

  4. Blackcayman says:

    New 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Price $24,450 MSRP.

    I’ve got a few more years until I’m not servicing the mortgage…Now that the Motus is no more, this bike becomes the Dream Bike.

    The looks are strange…and not really my cup of tea….But the performance and that stance!

  5. Sean says:

    Not a fan of lumpy vtwins…or they styling. I’m sure it’s a fantastic bike, but it hits about zero of my desire buttons.

  6. Ted says:

    I love the idea of this sport tourer, but that has got to be the ugliest motorcycle I’ve ever seen.

  7. Fred says:

    I have 15K on a 2017 SDGT I seem to love it more every day.

  8. bob says:

    The headlight/fairing assembly seems to have been inspired by Foghorn Leghorn.

  9. VLJ says:

    Despite its goofy looks, if I had mickey money I’d own one of these things.

  10. Michael says:

    I feel like such a wus, I put almost 100 miles on my Duke 390 yesterday on 35-45 mph back roads, my roads of choice, that little squirt has enough power to have a surprisingly amount of fun on, this bike here, wow, waaay too much sickle for me but cool to look at and dream about…

  11. ApriliaRST says:

    What’s the price?

    What’s the valve adjustment interval?

    Is that windshield adjustable?

    • curtisbrandt says:

      Price: I haven’t seen it announced anywhere.

      Valve adjustment interval: I have a 2017 Super Duke R, and this seems like the same motor (give or take some ECU settings). The valve adjustment interval for the SDR is 18,600 ml (30k km).

      Windshield adjustability: I just saw a youtube video of this windshield being adjusted on the motorcycle show floor. It’s vertically adjustable in nine steps. You grab the top of the windshield, push it forward, then slide it up or down. It snaps back in position (and the wind holds it from there, presumably). Pretty slick.

      Hope this helps.


      • ApriliaRST says:

        It does help, and thank you. I was ruminating about this bike today while on a ride. I’m going to have to find one to look at.

        • curtisbrandt says:

          I would guess it’s incredible. Look at the posts by people who have one. I’d like one, and I already have an SDR. Not instead, additional. 😉 The question about the “next bike” becomes Super Adventure S versus this new SDGT. I think the GT, now that it has the updated LCD and things…

  12. TimC says:

    “And that when I ram my ovipositor down your throat and lay my eggs in your chest. I AM NOT AN ALIEN!”

    – MST3k

  13. Anonymous says:

    I bought a SDGT when the first bikes hit the USA. It has been an amazing super sport/touring bike in every respect. Great handling, acceleration and comfort, still trouble free and wide grin inducing. It makes me feel 10 years younger, it’s like I am 68 again!

    • curtisbrandt says:

      I have a Super Duke R. The first thing I thought when I rode it was, “I’m going to need another one of these, with a little wind protection”. Might be saving for a new SDGT.

    • Blackcayman says:


      I “like” your post. I don’t doubt it.

  14. rob gagne says:

    This is a fantastic SPORT Touring bike, I wish KTM would do the same type of SPORT Touring bike based on the Duke 790

  15. PBrasseur says:

    Rode one about a year ago. Loved it! It’s real easy to ride at low speed and simply awesome at higher speed. This new version is perfect.

  16. mickey says:

    A 2 cylinder that weighs over 500 pounds with fuel… Why aren’t you guys screaming about what a heavy pig it is?lol.

    • Matt says:

      I’ve ridden one. With that much power on tap, and with a suspension that good, the weight simply vanishes.

    • Motoman says:

      Really? Its 460ish pounds before a generous 6 gal. gas tank. lol

      • mickey says:

        Heck all bikes have a lighter weight spec without fuel.

        I was just messing… Around here if it weighs over 400 pounds people scream..hence the comment.

        I don’t personally worry much about weight.. My ” little” bike, the one I’m riding on this trip weighs 575. The one I left at home weighs 635 according to mfgs specs (with full tank of fuel)

  17. Tom K. says:

    A 200 mph rocket ship, I stand in awe. Unfortunately, I live in a 45 mph world – I understand the importance of having reserve performance, but Jeez Louise. If I had more money than brains (I’m a little short on both, unfortunately), I’d have to own one of these, at least for the fifteen minutes it would take me to lose my license. Afterward, I’d have to get a limo, and ride in the back.

    • Pacer says:

      If you have the self control these bikes are awesome. I am forced to resort to rain mode on occasion. Always more (friendly) power than needed in your choice of gear. Truly a pleasure to ride.

    • Bearm says:

      This bike will not hit 200mph on a downhill with a tailwind. Or 186 for that matter. Still, faster than I’d ride it, no doubt.

  18. hh says:

    Checked my agenda, checked my bank account, checked my lotto ticket, I get this bike, now how do I get one? Places to go…

  19. WSHart says:

    Other than the subjective matter of looks (it looks like a mutant bug 😉 ), well done KTM.

  20. NC Katoom says:

    I own a ’17 GT. I’ll be moving into a ’19 when they’re released. It is, without a doubt, the most incredible motorcycle I’ve ever owned.

  21. randy says:

    still,i’m sure,way too much $$$$ for me.I’ll stick to japanese reliability and price.

    • steveinsandiego says:

      yep, for 20 years i enjoyed three suzukis (800 and 1500 intruders, vstrom 650), and two kawasakis (1600 classic cruiser, ninja 650). no regrets whatsoever.

      but loyalty to the japanese bikes does not hinder me from reading about other scoots.

  22. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    Now if they would rid the machine of all the creases, folds, straight lines to nowhere, multiple material surfaces, open up the view of the ENGINE without all the gadgetry attached to the main reason for go, and put a flat seat with a large round lamp reflector, you would have a MOTORCYCLE. Who chee momma thats a somea go fast, like a bunny.
    The swing arm is smooth.

    • mechanicus says:

      I often fantasize about stripping off one of the anime manga beak bikes and doing just what you said. But, I’m sort of burned-out with custom fab work for the time being.

      • Reginald Van Blunt says:

        Thank you for sharing the fantasy. I believe that the reality stop is the perimeter space frames on everything now. Functionaly much better but will never look like a 66 Triumph Bonneville. It would help if manufacturers could bring back beautiful cylinder barrels, and heads, and stop hiding ugly under BLACK everything. The heart of motorcycles is the engine, now lost forever.

  23. Wendy says:

    Just reading this press release wanted me to turn myself into the nearest lawperson for excessive hooliganism.

  24. todd says:

    I am the least likely person to ever want to own one of these. Hideous excess.

    • Tom R says:

      Hideously Excessive seems to be KTM’s corporate mantra, but for those riders with enough guts and/or skill, there’s your machine.

      I know that it is at least a couple levels beyond MY ability, which a few years ago peaked at about 115hp for 500 pounds wet, and has since dwindled. It is now probably closer to the new 650cc Royal Enfields.

      • TF says:

        I have ridden a 1290 Superduke and I own a 1090 Adventure. Newer KTM v-twins are very friendly engines with near-perfect fueling. They go only as fast as you ask them to and my 1090 will go as slow as I ask it to and not complain. That said, a 1290 SD will flatten your eyeballs…..if you ask it to.

    • todder says:

      Even though this is really tempting, I’m leaning more towards the SuperAdventure. I’ve wanted one of these for a while, but would probably opt for that crazy 1290 SA R. Glad they are doing some proper updates to keep it in line with that bike.

      Still I would really like to see if I had the guts to flog that GT machine around corners. But yeah, I don’t need any more than 120hp which my Sprint or my last FZ1 puts out.

    • Pacer says:

      Bummer. Keep your head up, you’ll be fine.

    • Matt says:

      “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom” (William Blake)

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