Owners of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT from 2016-2018 are now being offered the latest generation suspension settings as an upgrade.
The performance-packed premium sports tourer takes advantage of a host of upgrades for 2019, including the latest version of the 1,301cc LC8 V-twin engine that delivers 173hp and 141 Nm, a full color TFT display, revised ergonomics and aerodynamics and a new LED headlight, but a big stand out feature is the updated suspension.
Since the introduction of the original KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT, three additional years’ experience and development of the WP semi-active suspension – which also takes into account customer feedback – has resulted in enhancement to the performance of the different damping settings.
Accessible at the push of a button almost instantaneously during riding, the parameters of the three available settings – Comfort, Street and Sport – are now further defined. Quite simply; Comfort is more comfortable and Sport sportier. The anti-dive function has also been removed from the Street setting, with its damping characteristics further refined.
The reaction, response and accuracy of the semi-active suspension to the roads’ condition has also been drastically improved, with software development moved completely inhouse to KTM. New algorithms now see triple the number of damping curves than previously available, meaning the bike’s computer/ECU has less calculations to do in rapidly creating a ride quality to match the current surface.
As the 2019 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT uses identical suspension hardware as the previous generation, KTM official dealers are now able to upgrade* 2016-2018 models with the same settings. The software is an optional free upgrade requiring just the cost of 30 minutes labor, which covers the install and test; a perfect opportunity to take if the bike is being serviced, fitted with KTM PowerParts or getting fresh tires.