Looks like the world would be getting another KTM tourer pretty soon , and based on the spy pictures coming in, it is to be the KTM 1290 SMT. The news comes as a welcome surprise for all the KTM fans who where looking for an upgrade to their action packed 990 SMT.
With the touring/adventure segment getting crowded by the hour, KTM may have felt the need for a higher capacity tourer to compete with the likes of Ducati and BMW , who already have proven motorcycles in the segment. And with this bike KTM seems to be taking all the right steps. The KTM 1290 Supermoto T ( SMT) will borrow most of the features from the already existing platform of the 1290 SuperDuke R .From the spy pictures it is pretty clear that the Superduke’s LC8 motor will be powering the 1290 SMT . And it’s not just the motor which would be similar ,as the SMT borrows the frame , swingarm and even the exhaust from the superduke.
With all theses similarities , It is only right to say that the stock 1290SMT could produce top of 175 PS of power .Of course not everything would similar , and the bike gets taller suspension, larger windscreen and more cowling so as to stay true to its touring pedigree.
The KTM 1290 SMT on launch, would be a serious contender in the touring/adventure segment ,and could even go on to be a giant killer. Though the exact date of launch is not know, we feel that it would noy go beyond the first quarter of 2015 as the bike shares lots of features with the existing platforms
Stay tuned for more updates.
Pics via- A&R