The focus in Italy is on the road going Duke line-up in an effort to show their wares head to head with the other European naked street fighters breaking cover in Milan this week.

“The DUKE brand is how KTM really hit the street 22 years ago and for model year 2017 this sub-brand really comes out fighting,” said CEO Stefan Pierer. “From the 125 to 1301cc, each and every model punches out the true core values of KTM and the attitude of DUKE. To underline the importance of this range of naked machines, with the 790 DUKE prototype we can give you a look into the future and an all-new source of power from KTM.”

This muscle-bound mauler pumps up 177 horsepower, with a correspondingly stout chassis that is equally at home on the road or track. This is what it looks like when corners become prey.

Every bit, byte, nut and bolt wants you to be able to ride fast and stay in control: wider, lower handlebar, massive Brembo monobloc brakes, MSC with Bosch cornering ABS, WP suspension, an optional, two-way quick shifter, a multifunctional TFT display, a full LED headlight, the works.

The electronics suite offered in the 1290 Super Adventurer R last month is the same system found on the 1290 Super Duke R, making it one of the most state of the art motorcycles KTM has ever produced. And a transponder ignition key. Ripped.

Gallery: 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

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With its unrivaled amounts of performance and levels of sophisticated rider assistance, KTM looks set to rewrite the expectations of the Sports Touring motorcycle class when the new 1290 SUPER DUKE GT arrives in dealers later this month.

More than deserving of the SUPER DUKE moniker, the GT is the fastest V-twin Sports Touring bike in the world. By taking many of the attributes of the Naked Bike class-defining 1290 SUPER DUKE R, riders can go further and faster as the new machine goes to the next level in terms of refinement and comfort. Still a true KTM Sportmotorcycle – the GT masters the seemingly impossible split between passionate fun riding, comfortable long distance travelling and breathtaking track day use.

Since it was unveiled in its finished form in Milan in November at the EICMA show, the world has been waiting to see if the GT lives up to its promise and specification. During the end of February and beginning of March, members of the world’s motorcycle media were invited to make up their own minds and experience the machine on the demanding and varied roads that make up the Spanish island of Majorca.

An intense route through a multitude of weather conditions and asphalt grip levels meant that the journalists were able to trial the myriad of electronic settings offered by the GT, such as its WP semi-active suspension and multiple ride modes; even the lean angle-sensitive motorcycle traction control (MTC) and combined ABS were put to the test . Consequently, the positive reaction from the specialist press in reviews available to read and watch now has been as expected.

The 1290 SUPER DUKE GT arrives at dealers with standard features that include electronic cruise control, a quickshifter for upshifting, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), heated grips, LED cornering lights combined with LED indicators with automatic cancelling.

Helping to provide appropriate long distance capabilities is the 23-liter fuel tank, the extended rear subframe with integrated pannier mounts for the optional luggage system, comfortable seats and a height adjustable windshield. In addition, the optional Hill Hold Control (HHC) and Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) are available, the latter of which preventing the rear wheel from losing grip, should the rider chop the throttle or dump the clutch when downshifting.

No Sports Tourer can offer more in the way of rider satisfaction, thanks to its performance, comfort and safety systems than the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT.

All options and the full program of high quality PowerParts and PowerWear products can be reviewed on dedicated KTM Configurator.