Dick’s Racing ups the 1190’s prowess
KTM’s 1190 Adventure R has to be one of, if not the, best large adventure bikes on the market today. Its
off-road prowess is the stuff legends are made of. The
only real problem with a reputation like that is that the
rider can easily forget that he is on a 500-pound motorcycle, which can get him into trouble real fast. We know
guys who own the 1190 R who complain that the suspension feels soft. The fork has garnered the majority of
the quibbles. It’s sprung way too soft for real off-road
adventure. The rear shock is better than the fork, but it
still could pack better damping and a focused spring rate.
The power down low may not feel too soft for those step-
ping up from 990cc versions, but riders who’ve jumped the
BMW ship really notice a lack of grunt. Thankfully, none of
these issues are really that hard to address.
Enter Dick Wilk, owner and tuning guru of Dick’s Racing.
Dick picked up a 2014 KTM Adventure R and nearly killed
himself on his first ride because the mighty 1190 R lulled
him into thinking it was a really big 500exc. While crossing a
medium-sized washout on a singletrack trail behind his shop,
he bottomed the bike so violently that he immediately turned
around and headed back to the shop. Before he made it
inside the building, he’d already decided what needed to be
done to improve the dirt manners of his new ride.
KTM 1190R HOP-UP
By John Bumgarner