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Spy Shots: KTM 1290 SMT – Another Beast?

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KTM fans should brace themselves for another model, as the Austrians have been caught teasing a successor to the KTM 990 SMT. Based of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R platform, the new SMT borrows the Super Duke’s core, and adds proper panniers, taller suspension, more cowling, and a windscreen.

Visibly similar on the SMT are the chassis and motor of the Super Duke R, and as such the SMT highlights the same steel trellis design and single-sided swingarm.

The LC8 engine can easily be seen as well, and the SMT-sucessor can be seen with even the same stock exhaust as found on the 1290 Super Duke R.

In this machine, we can see KTM’s response to BMW and Ducati’s continued entrance into the sport/touring/adventure segment.

Presumably this KTM 1290 SMT/Supermoto T could make the Super Duke’s 177hp figure out of the box, which combined with some serious touring amenities, could give bikes like the new BMW S1000XR or the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 a serious run for their money.

It’s not clear yet how far out KTM is with this new Supermoto T model, though one would suspect that with it borrowing heavily from an already existing model, KTM could bring it to market very quickly.



By mid-summer, perhaps? As always, time will tell.

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Jensen Beeler

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