The KTM Super Duke GT sport-tourer is based on the ridiculously entertaining 1290 Super Duke R EVO, but features amenities needed for longer-distance touring. (KTM/)
One part flashy hyper-naked, one part touring bikeTwo words: “Supermoto mode.” On a sport-touring bike? It could only be a KTM.The LC8 engine is one of the last great performance V-twins
Only 11 pounds lighter than the 1290 Super Adventure R (sans fuel). Really?Side cases are sold separatelyWon’t win any awards for its looks
The KTM Super Duke GT is a sport-touring motorcycle based on one of modern motorcycling’s most notorious hyper-nakeds, the Super Duke R. For riders looking for superlative wheel-lofting performance with a side of practicality, the SD GT is hard to beat. It’s a well-equipped daily ride, a stripped-down tourer, and a tire-smoking goon in one goofy orange package. For proof of what makes KTM great, look no further.
The Super Duke GT gets KTM’s GT-only graphics and paint, and no shortage of aggressive styling cues. This is a bike that’s not afraid to stand out. (KTM/)
What kind of bike do you want to ride in the country’s best twisties? Is it the same bike you want to ride on a multiday journey to get there? It’s the classic have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too conundrum, and one of motorcycling’s great barroom debates: is there a perfect compromise between performance, comfort, and utility? If the motorcycle you envision is a no-compromise performance machine that produces a gazillion horsepower, sports the latest rider aids, and has enough creature comforts to get you wherever you’re going, the Super Duke GT may be for you.
Based around the hellacious 1290 Super Duke R, the Super Duke GT makes big touring and adventure bikes look excessive and ponderous. It takes the “everything you need and nothing you don’t” philosophy and shines it through an orange lens. Is that 160-odd hp at the rear wheel? Check. Cruise control, heated grips, nine-way-adjustable windscreen? Check. Electronic semi-active WP suspension, rider aids galore, and a proven trellis frame? Check. While the world goes mad for 21-inch wheels and knobby tires, the Super Duke GT’s classic sport-sized 17-inch wheels reaffirm the virtues of a proper sport-tourer.
In all, it certainly seems like the folks at KTM have the same conversation about the performance and comfort spectrum at the local beer hall as the rest of us. In fact, they may have even been in their cups when they made it look like that. Whatever that is. A praying mantis in a chef’s toque? No matter; there’s no need for looks to kill when you’ll only ever want to look at the winding road ahead. And hey, maybe you even like the looks?
Hard cases are sold separately. A matching top case is also available. (KTM/)
Updates for 2023
For 2023, the Super Duke GT returns to the US market with several updates. The 1,301cc engine has been updated to comply with global emissions standards, but KTM claims performance has not been compromised. To decrease unsprung weight, the GT receives the wheels from the Super Duke R EVO, saving 2.2 pounds over the previous model’s wheels. KTM’s updated switch gear is paired with a new 7-inch TFT display, which supports TBT+ (Turn-by-Turn Plus) on-screen navigation, powered by Sygic.
Pricing and Variants
The 2023 KTM Super Duke GT has an MSRP of $19,799. Unlocking all electronic features, including Track mode, Hill Hold Control, and the quickshifter, requires an additional fee at the dealership.
While no other manufacturer is making a sport-tourer based on a hyper-naked, the sport-touring segment is in a bit of a renaissance lately. The Suzuki GSX-S1000GT ($13,349), Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX ($27,500), the BMW S 1000 XR ($16,945), and Ducati Multistrada V4 S ($27,195) are functionally similar. The
By: Seth Richards
Title: 2023 KTM Super Duke GT
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Published Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2023 04:03:13 +0000
BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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