We showed you the first visuals of the KTM 1290 Super Duke Tourer back in December 2014. Come 2015 and the same machine with more developed parts has re-appeared on the spy radar, exiting the KTM testing facility in Spain.
The machine rumoured to be called the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT will boast the same 1301 cc, 180 bhp, V-twin engine present in the 1290 Super Duke R and the 1290 Super Adventure. The engine’s state of tune could be different, being more attuned to touring, but in true KTM fashion, it still would be quite a mean machine.
In the recent spy shot there are more details of the front end of the motorcycle, which shows a sharp and sloped front headlight with the addition of a steep and tall visor. Currently the exhaust seems to be the same as the one found on the 1290 Super Duke, but that might change later during the development stage. In fact, most of the components of the GT seem to be coming off the parts bin of the Super Duke R, including the wheels, brakes, forks and the main chassis.
There seems to be an addition to the overall length of the subframe which is also lower than the one found on the Super Duke R to make room to carry luggage.
The new KTM 1290 Super Duke GT would be an effective successor to the 990 SMT in the near future, which could later land up as the top-end touring variant, while a new 1050 Adventure based platform in touring form could come in as a slightly lighter offering.
The new KTM Super Duke GT is expected to be unveiled at the 2015 EICMA Motor Show as a 2016 model.