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Super Duke GT Gets a Fresh Look and More Upgrades for 2024
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Super Duke GT Gets a Fresh Look and More Upgrades for 2024
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Alongside the 1390 Super Duke, the Super Duke GT is set to undergo a transformation with upgrades and a facelift in the near future, scheduled for 2024.56280364faf6913317e.png

With this facelift, the Super Duke GT is shedding its iconic front beak design, which has been a trademark of KTM. Instead, it's adopting a new look, akin to the Super Duke R. This revamped appearance features two vertically stacked LED projector lamps encased in a plastic frame. In its current prototype stage, this futuristic front mask resembles rapid prototyping, but it's likely to evolve. Compared to the October version seen on the Super Duke R, there are only minor differences, notably around the round LED lights, which are now more concealed.

Additionally, in November, observers noticed illumination emanating from the openings on either side of the upper lamp on the Super Duke GT. These could serve as daytime running lights or cornering lights. While it's possible that a transparent fairing window or "headlight glass" might be added for practical reasons like insect protection, this remains uncertain. It's more probable that KTM will stick with the "open" front design. Surprisingly, despite the new front end, fairing, and chassis, there's no sign of a radar system for distance cruise control, a feature already present in the 1290 Super Adventure S. Apparently, the new face doesn't accommodate such a system.
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The new KTM Super Duke GT is promising improved comfort. It features a front fairing with a tall windshield, a key distinction from the Naked-Bike-R. Designers and engineers have clearly focused on enhancing wind protection while retaining onboard electronics with a generous color display and driver assistance systems, consistent with the standard Super Duke.

Notable differences from the Super Duke can also be found at the rear of the Super Duke GT. Although the basic cast aluminum frame remains, it now offers greater passenger comfort. While it may not reach the level of a touring enduro, the footrest position and newly designed grab handles are more accommodating than those on the R version. Interestingly, the 1290 Super Duke GT continues to be manufactured on the old Super Duke platform, which includes the old frame with a tubular steel rear frame. The 2023 model year is still featured on the KTM website, and the transition to the new platform is expected, possibly in 2024.
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One noticeable absence is the semi-active fork, though the electronic hydraulics for preload adjustment are clearly visible on the shock absorber. This hints at the possibility of a new generation WP fork with a single semi-active fork spar. Alternatively, KTM may introduce a more affordable GT model with a conventional chassis as standard and semi-active components as an option, perhaps with an "Evo" designation, similar to the Super Duke R Evo. This approach would make the high-performance GT more accessible. In 2022, the GT already received the lighter 17-inch cast aluminum wheels from the Super Duke R and the radially mounted Stylema monoblock four-piston calipers from Brembo, further enhancing its performance.

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In August 2023, it was revealed that the new Super Duke would be called the 1390. The implications of this name change, particularly for the Super Duke GT, remain unclear, but it's likely that KTM will introduce more engine displacement and power for the 2024 models.

The transition of the Super Duke GT to the newer technical platform is long overdue. With this shift, the GT is shedding its Splitface beak and adopting the new KTM design language. Anticipation is building for the successor models of the 1290 series KTMs expected in 2024, with both the Super Duke and Super Duke GT likely to sport the 1390 moniker.


Foto: Stefan Baldauf/SB-Medien
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