Top 10 Cool Facts About The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Top 10 Cool Facts About The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Every chance we get, we profess our love for KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R, MO’s 2014 Motorcycle of the Year. Aggressive styling matched with a monstrous engine, sophisticated electronics, sportbike-like handling, and reasonable comfort all combined to win our hearts that year. For 2016, KTM is adding to its impressive lineup with the SDR’s cousin, the 1290 Super Duke GT. Aimed for those wanting a Super Duke R but with all-day comfort and some storage…

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2016 KTM 690 Duke First Ride Video Review

2016 KTM 690 Duke First Ride Video Review

Last week, KTM flew me to Gran Canaria to sample the 2016 KTM 690 Duke and Duke R. While these trips are usually grueling (think 40+ hours in a total of six different pressurized aluminum tubes for just a few hours of riding), I’m not complaining. The 690 Duke exemplifies why we get so excited over new motorcycles. Refinement is an annual event, but large-scale makeovers of an engine that so dramatically address the powerplant’s…

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2016 KTM 690 Duke & 690 Duke R – First Ride Review

2016 KTM 690 Duke & 690 Duke R – First Ride Review

2016 KTM 690 Duke & 690 Duke R Editor Score: 89.75% Engine 19.0/20 Suspension/Handling 13.0/15 Transmission/Clutch 9.5/10 Brakes 8.5/10 Instruments/Controls 4.25/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10 Appearance/Quality 9.5/10 Desirability 9.0/10 Value 8.5/10 Overall Score 89.75/100 KTM finds itself in the enviable position of having created a popular brand-within-a-brand with its Duke line of motorcycles. Don’t believe me? Take a look at KTM’s 2016 Duke line-up. Consisting of six different models (some of which, unfortunately, don’t make it to…

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Brace Yourself for the KTM Super Duke GT

Brace Yourself for the KTM Super Duke GT

KTM Italy has released information about the new Super Duke 1290 GT, a bike that will show up in its finished form next month at EICMA in Milan. According to our virtual translator, this one’s “dedicated to a sporting public that, while traveling in comfort, wants to be always ‘Ready to Race’!” Basically, what’s going on here is KTM taking MO’s 2014 Motorcycle of the Year Super Duke R and turning it into a quasi-Sports…

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2016 KTM 690 Duke Announced

2016 KTM 690 Duke Announced

Amid multiple reports of a new Twin-cylinder replacement model, KTM confirmed the Single-cylinder 690 Duke will live on for at least another year with some significant updates for 2016. While official specifications won’t be available until EICMA in November, KTM has released photos of a prototype and a few details about the revised 690. While it has long been reported that KTM is developing a new 800cc Twin-cylinder platform, recent spy photos suggest a new…

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2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Recalled for Potential Fuel Leak

2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Recalled for Potential Fuel Leak

KTM is recalling the 2014 1290 Super Duke R because of a potential fuel leak. As of this writing, recalls have been announced in Canada and Australia, and we expect a similar recall for the U.S. to be announced shortly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to Transport Canada, the threaded inserts that attach the internal overflow pipe to the fuel tank may leak fuel due to an irregularity in the coating process….

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Spied! 2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Spied! 2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Our 2014 Motorcycle of the Year, KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R, is getting a new stablemate to join the recently added 1290 Super Adventure. The prototype in these photos is a hybrid of the other two KTM Supers, sharing the bones of its brothers like the 1301cc V-Twin engine, steel trellis frame, single-sided swingarm and Brembo M50 monoblock brakes. 2014 Motorcycle of the Year These photos were shot near KTM’s factory in Austria, and they…

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Geoff Duke: 1923-2015

Geoff Duke: 1923-2015

Geoff Duke, one of Grand Prix motorcycle racing’s first superstars, has passed away at the age of 92. The English racer made his Grand Prix debut in 1950 in just the second ever world championship season. After finishing second in the 350cc and 500cc classes that season, Duke would sweep both titles in 1951 and take the 350 title in 1952, all riding  for the Norton works team. Duke switched to a Gilera the following…

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