The Super Adventure is the most electronically advanced
motorcycle that KTM has ever offered and has a number
of features that are beyond normal human understanding.
This is the third bike in the current KTM Adventure family, joining the 1190 Adventure and the 1190 Adventure R.
A fourth member, the 1050 Adventure, will be available in
Europe. This lineup makes it clear that KTM is very serious
about this segment of the market.
The division of labor between models puts the new 1290
at the top performance-wise. If you just purchased an 1190
Adventure R, though, take heart. That model is still the most
dirt-oriented in the line. The 1290 is mostly about horsepower. The 75-degree V-twin motor has 3mm more bore
and 2mm more stroke, bringing the displacement to 1301cc.
The horsepower rating is 160. The crank is heavier than that
of the 1190 by more than 4 pounds. Most of the electronic
KTM is clearly
the 1290. The
motor is rated at
WP SCV shock
features self-tuning abilities
The 1290 has a
in flywheel inertia
compared to the
The new battlefront in the
adventure bike world is
electronic. The 1290 has
MTC, MSR, HHS, ABS,
SCU and pretty much
every other three-letter
combo that exists.
The 1290 is clearly
aimed more at pavement, as the wheel size
and tire choice indicate.
The day is coming when a hop-up can be downloadable from