First look at KTM's 1290 Super Adventure

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

Last month KTM officially announced an addition to their Adventure range; the 1290 Super Adventure. And now, at the INTERMOT show in Cologne, the bike has been unveiled to the public.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure, with many bells and whistles

KTM call it a “luxury touring machine” and with more displacement, power, equipment, comfort and safety than its predecessor, it looks the 1190 Adventure’s days are numbered.

The 1290 Super Adventure uses many engine components from the 1301cc, V-Twin, 1290 Super Duke R to join new cylinder heads and anew crankshaft to produce a 160bhp sports-adventure machine which should compete with Ducati's Multistrada S, Aprilia's brand-new Capanord 1200 Rally and BMW’s forthcoming S1000XR which is due to be unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan next month.

Hi-tech 1290 Super Adventure being adventurous

Among the KTM’s arsenal of rider treats are an adjustable wind screen, heated seat and grips, electronic cruise control, electronic hill start, multi-mode semi-active suspension, mid-corner stability control, tyre pressure monitors, newly developed cornering lights and a whopping 30 litre fuel tank, comparable only to the BMW R1200GS Adventure.

With this kind of spec, the 1290 Super Adventure is certainly KTM's most technically-advanced model. In fact, it would be hard to find many other motorcycles with this level of gadgets and wizzardry.

Power from a 1290 Super Duke R but in an adventure bike

What price can we expect? Well, currently the 1190 Adventure sits at £12,999 while the 1190 Adventure R is £13,799 and the SuperDuke R is £13,999 so expect a similar price for the new 1290 SA model in standard trim.

Looks good, right? 

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