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.
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:
|1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S||1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R||1290 SUPER ADVENTURE T|
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|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|