Thursday, July 21, 2016

What do you wish for

Every biker do surely have a dream bike in mind which roams the heart every time and it surely welcomes a smile despite the fact that it changes every time due to circumstance surrounding your every day ride.  Most die hard bikers always stick to one brand like a “Fan thing” but still appreciates other brands.

I ride a KTM 990 ADV which was based on my fun demand and my finance,  making me pick a model which does everything thinkable (all terrain/all purpose) fairly enough better, more rugged than the BMW R1200 GS my view. Bikers always want to upgrade to the newer models (year) but the 990 ADV is epic and will always sticks around for long because of the nice fun memories it creates.

The KTM 990 duke/SMT made me like the brand KTM but from years of experience I got so much interested in real hard core off road, initiated by Bami (a crazy friend) but still never dropped the thoughts of having a super duke, now the GT is out and so temping but where is the money?   ….loooool

Let us quickly go through the KTM Super Duke GT   'world's first hooligan-tourer':

From Telegraph UK

The KTM Super Duke GT is almost a contradiction in terms, because if ever there was a bike that seemed unlikely to gain the letters GT at the end of its name, it was the Super Duke. A Gran Turismo machine traditionally blends high performance with long-distance comfort, attracting adjectives such as elegant and refined in the process.

By contrast the original Super Duke, launched in 2005, was the ultimate two-wheeled hooligan. Its potent V-twin engine’s power delivery was sharp, factors such as fuel range and comfort were all but ignored, and its character was highlighted by a publicity video showing it pulling wheelies through Tokyo traffic.

Two years ago the Austrian wild child grew up with the launch of the 1290 Super Duke R, whose thunderous 1,301cc engine’s 180bhp output was matched by a new level of electronic sophistication. And when that bike was complete, its development team realised that the super-naked V-twin had potential to evolve in an even more rider-friendly direction.

Hence the 1290 Super Duke GT. The new machine follows the same format of dohc, liquid-cooled V-twin engine, tubular steel frame and upright, wide-handlebarred riding position. But it’s a distinctly different type of motorbike, incorporating civilising features including adjustable screen, roomier riding position, semi-active suspension and a larger fuel tank with a trio of cornering headlights on each side.

 The Super Duke R’s engine is so refined that little change was required; just reshaped combustion chambers, revised injection mapping and a new exhaust system that reduce maximum output to 173bhp while meeting Euro 4 emissions standards. The GT retains the R-model’s three engine modes and gains cutting-edge electronics controlled by Bosch’s six-axis inertial measurement unit.

It’s a gloriously strong powerplant, its sweet throttle response – in contrast to those early Super Duke ancestors – helping to make the bike controllable and thrillingly fast. The broad spread of torque delivers instant acceleration from below 5,000rpm. And the GT loves to rev, storming towards its 150mph-plus top speed with the help of KTM’s first gearbox quick-shifter, which works only on up-changes.

The GT is notably more comfortable at speed than the Super Duke R, thanks to its broader fuel tank, which shields the rider’s legs, and its windscreen, which diverts wind from the chest. But hands get little protection and, although the screen is easily adjustable on the move, its range of about 5cm is insufficient to eliminate loud turbulence, especially for taller riders.

Chassis layout is based on that of the Super Duke R but incorporates semi-active suspension similar to that introduced with last year’s 1290 Super Adventure. The GT is relatively light, at 205kg, and impressively agile. As with the dual-purpose bike there are three settings – Sport, Street and Comfort – which alter its handling characteristics, relatively subtly in this case.

The WP suspension units’ travel is reduced from the Super Adventure’s but still fairly generous, giving a compliant but well-controlled ride even in the firmest Sport setting. That helps make the GT respectably comfortable, as does its larger seat. In bends the new electronics package provides an excellent traction control system, plus cornering ABS that enhances a powerful brake set-up featuring Brembo Monobloc front calipers.

So the GT is fast and safe, and it’s also respectably practical. Its 23-litre tank gives a reasonable range of 150-200 miles despite the engine’s thirst when used hard. Useful features include daytime riding lights, cruise control, self-cancelling indicators and heated grips. The accessory list adds a heated seat and slim yet capacious purpose-designed panniers, each of which holds a full-face helmet.

The GT’s standard features contribute to a price of £15,999 that makes it £1,850 more expensive than the 1290 Super Duke R. That difference is understandable, because this KTM is an entirely different beast. The GT arguably lacks the weather protection required to be a true Grand Tourer but it’s admirably civilised and well-equipped – and still bursting with the performance and aggression that has long made the Super Duke such fun.


KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Tested: 1,301cc four-stroke V-twin, six-speed transmission

Price/on sale: £15,999/April

Power/torque: 173bhp @ 9,500rpm/106lb ft @ 6,750rpm

Top speed: 160mph (estimated)

Range: 180 miles @ 40mpg

Verdict: Powerful, fine-handling and sophisticated V-twin that adds some sports-touring comfort and practicality to the Super Duke’s traditional naked excitement

Telegraph rating: Four out of five stars****

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  1. How exciting it is! I would like to have such a powerful, fine-handling and sophisticated bike! It’s a gloriously strong powerplant!

  2. That was really exciting! Thank you for posting those materials here. I hope that you'll share more curious ideas later.

  3. Is every racer provided with and holds a full-face helmet? I would like to watch the performance. I cannot imagine how exciting it can be !

  4. I try to save money for the bike. I want something like this one, but of another color, something with red one.

  5. I think that everyone has a dream and in order to achieve his dream, everyone chooses the most acceptable way for him that can last for years.