KTM has updated the baddest sport-naked motorcycle on the market (also possibly the only sport-naked motorcycle on the market?). The Super Duke GT is returning for 2022 with several updates, but for now, we’ve only seen it confirmed for Euro customers.
The announcement comes in the middle of the EICMA show, but KTM wasn’t actually at the show, choosing instead to announce the bike outside the (expensive) confines of the event. Whether you think that’s cheeky, or thrifty, is up to you, but we can say that the resulting machine looks like plenty of fun.
The Super Duke GT has always been a bit of an oddball, taking the Super Duke hypernaked platform and modifying it slightly for long-distance comfort and utility. That’s the theme again for 2022; KTM’s updated GT has a six-gallon fuel tank for laying down the miles, and it comes with a set of easily-detachable hard bags, and heated grips should also come standard (they were standard on previous models). The windscreen offers a bit of minimal protection from the elements, as does that bulbous gas tank.
That’s all pretty familiar stuff. For 2022, the GT gets a larger 7-inch TFT screen, which should make navigation even easier. Speaking of which, KTM says this is their first motorcycle with a new Turn-by-Turn Plus navigation system. As per the press release:
Turn-by-turn PLUS which will further enhance the touring experience. TBT+ will be available via KTM Connect. This allows navigation instructions to be projected directly on the new 7-inch TFT display, helping riders navigate more effectively. Turn-by-turn PLUS will be launched on the 2022 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT, with roll-outs to other models in the near future.
Powered by SYGIC®, TBT+ can also operate offline, allowing riders to plan their journey and adventure from remote locations, with the NAVIGATION feature using industry-standard mapping to guide riders to their destination of choice. There’s also an advanced search feature, and a diverse range of POIs including gas stations, restaurants, rest stops, while the system lets you select one of your pre-saved destinations directly from the TFT dash. All the above features can be accessed directly from the new 7-inch TFT dash, while the rider no longer needs to remove their phone from the jacket pocket, making it more convenient and efficient for those quick on-the-fly changes.
Indeed, Sygic (long well-liked as a smartphone-based navigation system for cars) seems to be pushing into the world of motorcycles, with inclusion on other OEMs’ machines as well. Stay tuned on this one—hopefully it’s an improvement over existing tech.
The handlebar controls are also updated, presumably to take advantage of newer onboard tech.
The wheels on the new bike are lighter—they’re the same units that KTM fitted to the Super Duke R, which means less unsprung mass, and presumably, faster steering.
For 2022, the GT still has KTM’s WP Apex Pro semi-active suspension, with settings for Rider, Rider & Pillion, Rider & Luggage, or Rider, Pillion & Luggage. There’s a new anti-dive setting for 2022, as also found on other high-end KTMs this year.
The engine itself is updated to Euro5 emissions standard; it’s still the LC8 V-twin, with 1,301 cc displacement. It should put out roughly 175 horsepower, which is certainly enough to get you, your pillion and your luggage across the country with minimal problems making it up the steeper grades against a headwind …
KTM has announced this bike for Europe, but so far, American and Canadian riders haven’t been promised anything. The GT model is indeed a ridiculously fun bike for weekend touring, but has never been a big seller in North America. Don’t be shocked if it’s delayed coming here, or doesn’t come here at all.