KTM unveils three new 1290 Super Adventure models for 2017

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.
KTM 1290 Super Adventure R in action

KTM’s largest capacity road bike, the 1290 Super Adventure, has been revised for 2017 with not one, not two but three versions of the Adventure Travel Enduro machine now available. 

Along with the two new 1090 models, it appears as though the 1050 and 1190 have had their day.

The 1290 Super Adventure comes in S, R and T model designations and all three have been unveiled this afternoon at Intermot, the Cologne-based motorcycle show ahead of their availability in the UK at the start of next year when the Euro4 emissions regulations come into play.

Just two years ago the Austrian firm introduced the world to the 160bhp monster; a £16,199 super tourer that will get from 0-60mph in under 4 seconds yet has more than just a nod in the direction of its off-road heritage. A 30 litre tank offers 240+ miles, it covers the ground quickly with a sporty nature and very decent handling. Ok, it lacks the refinement of a Multistrada Enduro or an R1200GSA but is an extremely accomplished motorcycle.

So what’s new and why do we need three versions? Based on the specification, the ‘T’ model is nigh-on identical to the outgoing 2016 model.

The steel trellis frame still houses a 1,301 cc, 75° V-twin based on the engine of the 1290 Super Duke R. However, its intake has gained newly developed expansion chambers for what KTM describe as “even more refinement and smoother power delivery especially in the low and mid range.”

The same 160bhp is provided but the R loses 13kg in weight and is down to 216kg (dry) thus increasing its power-to-weight ratio.
KTM 1290 Super Adventure S new for 2017

The three-bike range has had a face lift courtesy of the long-term design partner of KTM, KISKA. The headlights are part of the new ‘face’ of the bike: a central aluminium carrier for the new LED lights which at the same time acts as a heat sink. Integrated into the lower part of the headlights are the LED cornering lights which are based on the data of the MSC lean angle sensor.

Thankfully, the three bikes get a new full colour 6.5” TFT display to replace the dowdy, grey Gameboy style version.

The 1290 Super Adventure R becomes the most off-road focused of the three with a smaller fuel tank than the 2016 model; 23 vs 30 litres yet stiffer springs in the WP upside-down front forks and 21” front and 18” wire-spoke wheels leading to 20mm longer rear shock travel and a longer wheelbase (by 20mm at 1580mm). Ground clearance is increased by 30mm up to 250mm over the S & T models while the new one-piece seat sits 30mm higher at 890mm. And not forgetting those all important orange engine crash bars (black on the T model).

In addition to the Sport, Street, Rain or Off rider modes comes a new ‘Offroad Pack’ mode; the ABS will allow the rear wheel to lock for a degree of hooliganism with “controlled slides” while the front wheel ABS is retained and controlled by offroad specific settings. Traction control (MTC) will allow up to 100% of rear wheel slippage for well-controlled drifting.

The 1290 Super Adventure S appears to take over where the 1190 Adventure leaves by being a more road biased Travel Enduro bike with its cast wheels.

It too shares the same 160bhp, 1,301cc 75° V-Twin lump as well as the MSC, MTC and semi-active WP suspension with the four damping settings; Comfort, Street, Sport and Offroad.

KTM claim an easier to operate windshield mechanism is new as is a waterproof compartment with USB charger.

The sportier cast aluminium wheels in 19’’ front and 17’ on the rear as well as a suspension travel slightly shortened to 200 mm lend the “S” a lower centre of gravity.

Keyless ignition and cruise control are included while Hill Hold Control (HHC), Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and a quick shifter for up and down changes are optional extras on all three models.

The 1290 Super Adventure range for 2017 now competes with the standard GS as well as the Adventure spec version of BMW’s R1200 as well as Ducati Multistrada S as well as the Multistrada Enduro. The sports adventure market just got feistier.

The main specification differences between the three are:

  • S & R have smaller fuel tanks; 23l vs 30l on the T
  • S & T have semi-active front and rear suspension
  • R is 30mm taller (21” front and 18” rear wheels) than S & T which are on 19” front and 17” rear, also reflected in the seat height – 30mm taller than the current model and the new S & T models
  • The R also has an extra 20mm travel from the rear suspension
  • R has a 20mm longer wheelbase
  • R & T are on spoke wheels while the S has cast

Make sense?

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
KTM 1290 Super Adventure S
KTM 1290 Super Adventure T
1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE T
Engine
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75° 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75° 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Displacement 1,301 cc 1,301 cc 1,301 cc
Bore/Stroke 108/71 mm 108/71 mm 108/71 mm
Power 118 kW (160 hp) @ 8,750 rpm 118 kW (160 hp) @ 8,750 rpm 118 kW (160 hp) @ 8,750 rpm
Torque 140 Nm @ 6,750 rpm 140 Nm @ 6,750 rpm 140 Nm @ 6,750 rpm
Compression ratio 13.1:1 13.1:1 13.1:1
Starter/battery E-starter/12V 11.2 Ah E-starter/12V 11.2 Ah E-starter/12V 11.2 Ah
Transmission 6 gears 6 gears 6 gears
Fuel system Keihin EFI (throttle body 52 mm) Keihin EFI (throttle body 52 mm) Keihin EFI (throttle body 52 mm)
Control 4 V/DOHC 4 V/DOHC 4 V/DOHC
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
Engine oil Motorex, SAE 10W-50 Motorex, SAE 10W-50 Motorex, SAE 10W-50
Primary drive 40:76 40:76 40:76
Final drive 17:42 17:42 17:42
Cooling Liquid cooling Liquid cooling Liquid cooling
Clutch PASCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated PASCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated PASCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine management Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
Traction contol MTC (4-Mode, disengageable) MTC (4-Mode, disengageable) MTC (4-Mode, disengageable)
Chassis
Frame Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Subframe Aluminum, powder coated Aluminum, powder coated Aluminum, powder coated
Handlebar Aluminum, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm Aluminum, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm Aluminum, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm
Front suspension WP Semi-active Suspension USD Ø 48 mm WP-USD Ø 48 mm WP Semi-active Suspension USD Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP Semi-active Suspension shock absorber WP PDS shock absorber WP Semi-active Suspension shock absorber
Suspension travel front/rear 200/200 mm 200/220 mm 200/200 mm
Front brake 2 x Brembo four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm 2 x Brembo four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm 2 x Brembo four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear brake Brembo two piston, fixed caliper, brake disc Ø 267 mm Brembo two piston, fixed caliper, brake disc Ø 267 mm Brembo two piston, fixed caliper, brake disc Ø 267 mm
ABS Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disenengageable) Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disenengageable) Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disenengageable)
Wheels front/rear Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 19"; 5.00 x 17" Spoked wheels with aluminum tubeless rims 2.50 x 21"; 4.50 x 18" Spoked wheels with aluminum tubeless rims 3.50 x 19"; 5.00 x 17"
Tyres front/rear 120/70 R 19; 170/60 R 17 90/90 21; 150/70 R 18 120/70 R 19; 170/60 R 17
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16" X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16" X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16"
Silencer Stainless steel silencer with regulated catalytic converter Stainless steel silencer with regulated catalytic converter Stainless steel silencer with regulated catalytic converter
Steering head angle 64° 64° 64°
Trail 120 mm 123 mm 120 mm
Wheelbase 1,560 ± 15 mm 1,580 ± 15 mm 1,560 ± 15 mm
Ground clearance 220 mm 250 mm 220 mm
Seat height 860/875 mm 890mm 860/875 mm
Fuel capacity approx. 23 litres/3.5 litres reserve approx. 23 litres/3.5 litres reserve approx. 30 litres/4 litres reserve
Dry weight approx. 215 kg approx. 216 kg approx. 222 kg
Weight (ready to ride) approx. 222 kg (without fuel) approx. 224 kg (without fuel) approx. 229 kg (without fuel)
Weight (full fuel) approx. 238 kg approx. 240 kg approx. 249 kg
Latest News from BikeSocial

Latest News

  • One owner from new and it
    Pick of the Ads: Good, Bad & Ugly - One Owner Emerging Classics
  • BikeSocial
    Ducati Multistrada 950 - World First Riding Impressions
  • Vanguard Roadster set for production
    Vanguard Roadster prototype planned for production
  • Benelli 3-cylinder 1200cc scooped
    Big Benelli 1200cc triple scooped