Between the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure/S/R and the 1050 Adventure/R, there's a KTM Adventure for everyone in there somewhere. Only, we'd rather take the 1290 Super Duke. Where's that?
For 2017, KTM are expanding their ‘Adventure’ range of bikes in a big way and have unveiled a host of adventurous machines at the Intermot – the 1290 Super Adventure (S, R and T versions), the 1090 Adventure and 1090 Adventure R.
First up, the new, off-road-oriented KTM 1290 Super Adventure R, which rides on 18-inch (rear) and 21-inch (front) wheels, and boasts a massive 160bhp and 140Nm from its 1300cc V-twin. With Continental Trail Attack II or ContinentalTKC 80 dual-purpose tyres, fully adjustable WP fork and shock, and electronics like lean-angle-sensitive ABS and stability control, the Super Adventure R is an unstoppable force and should be a hit with those who like to ride big, heavy (217kg dry weight!) and madly powerful motorcycles, off road. If you do, the bike’s 6.5-inch TFT display will provide all necessary information at a glance, and its new LED headlamps will light up the Sahara desert while you’re blasting across the sand dunes in the night.
On those long, hard off-road rides, you’ll appreciate the 1290 Super Adventure’s one-piece off-road seat, with its 3D foam cushions that provide long range comfort,yet with great seat of the pants ‘feel’ that riders crave. Crash bars, coated in orange to match the R’s steel tube trellis frame, and handguards round off the off-road package. Also, for those who’ll be happy with just 125bhp, there’s the slightly milder KTM 1090 Adventure R that you might want to take a quick look at.
For the more tarmac-oriented among us, there’s the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S, as well as its smaller-engined sibling, the 1090 Adventure. These still get the R model’s fully adjustable suspension and electronic rider aids, but ride on 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels, which are more suited to on-road use. There’s Bosch adjustable traction control with C-ABS, while the three riding modes (sport, street and rain) optimise power delivery and levels of electronic intervention. The bike’s semi-active WP suspension can be set to comfort, street or sport setting, while the rear shock’s spring rate can also be electronically adjusted in four stages.
The 1290 Super Adventure S' Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres (120/70, 170/60 front and rear) offer high grip levels for on-road use, while still retaining modest off-road capability. A ‘floating’ luggage system with integrated baggage is available as an option, while the optional KTM ‘Travel Pack’ gets you electronics like hill hold control, a quickshifter and hill hold control etc. The bike weighs 215kg dry, but at least that should be more manageable on the highway as comparing to dealing with such heft while riding off-road. With its 125bhp, 1050cc V-twin, the 1050 Adventure weighs slightly less, at 205kg dry.