In order to fully test out the capabilities before its upcoming release, KTM invited multi-time Isle of Man TT, Macau Grand Prix and British Superbike race winner, Michael Rutter, to take the new KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT to the legendary Isle of Man. With a racing career spanning 30 years and also as a bike journalist, the Englishman has ridden a hugely diverse range of machines and knows what he wants from a bike on track and on the road.
“The GT is a world away from what I usually ride, but I was amazed by the performance – particularly the engine; the torque and drive is phenomenal,” said Rutter. “Very impressive. Comfort is a big factor; the seat and bar position were spot-on at speed on track and on the road. For a bike designed to tackle a variety of riding types – having a blast and all-day touring – it works fantastically in all situations, even ridden hard on the fast and bumpy Jurby circuit. Best of all, it has heated grips – a big thing for all year riders and even for summer in the UK!”