2016 KTM Super Duke GT Launch -3

Someone in KTM, probably something to do with all the schnitzel they eat, came up with the idea of taking the bonkers V-twin from the Super Duke R and putting it into a sports-tourer. Launched as the 2016 KTM Super Duke GT, and retailing with a basic selling price of RM118,000 (RM125,080 with 6% GST), this machine combines speed and comfort in one package.

Carrying the 1,301 cc 75-degree V-twin from the Super Duke R, in GT form this engine puts out 173 hp and a humungous 144 Nm of torque. Fed by Keihin EFI with ride-by-wire, the Super Duke GT gets the power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and a hydraulically activated slipper clutch.

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The chrome-moly steel trellis frame is suspended by WP semi-active suspension front and rear, with 125 and 156 mm of travel, respectively. Twin Brembo monobloc four-piston radial-mounted calipers grabbing 320 mm discs take care of braking duties in front, and a single Brembo two-piston unit looks after the rear brake.

A full suite of electronic aids comes with the 2016 KTM Super Duke GT, which includes Bosch’s 9ME ABS that combines cornering ABS and supermoto mode – for those moments when the inner hooligan surfaces – and is able to be disengaged.

Fuel is carried in a 23-litre capacity tank, while seat height is a somewhat lofty 835 mm. The dry weight of 205 kg with a ground clearance of 140 mm and a wheelbase of 1,482 mm makes the GT a somewhat hunky machine.

Appearing in the KTM showroom and selected dealers soon, the 2016 Super Duke GT brings continental-style sports-touring to the rider at a basic selling price of RM118,000 (RM125,080 with 6% GST). Only one colour option is available, as well as a full range of accessories from the KTM catalogue.

For a limited time, and while stocks last, the 2016 KTM Super Duke GT will come supplied with panniers.

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