KTM 1290 Super Adventure R in action. The headlight resembles the unit that we saw on the upcoming, entry-level KTM Duke series.
The 2016 INTERMOT show had something for almost everybody, even for adrenaline junkies who like to go off the tarmac. Who else would grab their attention other than one of the leaders of the Dakar Rally, KTM. The KTM’s stand, full of Adventure Travel Enduros, was mostly about endurance tourers. No less than four newly developed true Sportmotorcycles made in Austria stormed into the limelight.
KTM CSO Hubert Trunkenpolz said that KTM in Germany plays a massive role within the manufacturer’s success story. The Austrian two-wheeler maker unveiled its new line-up of the 2017 Adventure models which are claimed to reflect KTM technical excellence and belief in the purest and honest way of travel endurance riding. The new models get increased performance and rideability and numerous newly developed electronic features.
The endurance motorcycle experts showcased the 2017 Super Adventure 1290 and the relatively smaller Adventure 1090. Both the motorcycles would be replacing KTM’s 1050 and 1190 Adventure motorcycles. The new range comprises of three sub-models of the 1290 Super Adventure – 1290 Super Adventure R, 1290 Super Adventure S, and 1290 Super Adventure T – and two variants of the 1090 Adventure – 1090 Adventure, 1090 Adventure R.
The bigger Adventure series draws power from KTM’s Super Duke R sourced 1301cc 75-degree V-Twin liquid-cooled engine. The motor on the hyper naked puts out 173bhp of power but it has been retuned for the Adventure series, now delivering 160bhp and 140Nm of torque. The motorcycles come packed with a long list of features such as slipper clutch, a 6-speed transmission and Brembo twin-piston fixed calliper disc brakes as standard. The motorcycles also get Bosch MSC package in its top specification with integrated, lean-angle sensitive Cornering-ABS (C-ABS), Traction Control and selectable riding modes – Sport, Street, Rain and Off-road.
The 1290 Super Adventure R is an off-road spec motorcycle with wired spoke wheels while the 1290 Super Adventure S, with its alloys, is street focused. The 1290 Super Adventure T is essentially the Euro IV compliant variant of the existing 1290 Super Adventure. Setting the 1290 Super Adventure R apart from the 1290 Super Adventure S is the 21-inch wheel upfront and 18-inch unit at the rear. The tarmac spec variant (Adventure S) gets 19-inch wheel upfront and 17-inch at the rear.
The relatively smaller 1090 Adventure series is aimed at offering affordable endurance touring. The V-twin on the 1090 Adventure delivers a healthy 125hp of power. Similar to the bigger adventure range, the 1090 Adventure is available in two variants – standard and R. The standard 1090 Adventure, equipped with alloy wheels, is street touring focused whereas the 1090 Adventure R with spoke 21-inch and 18-inch wheels (front and rear respectively) is designed to conquer the rough terrain. Other features include selectable riding modes, traction control, adjustable ABS levels and slipper clutch.
Here are some more images of the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure and 1090 Adventure series. Do let us know your view about the motorcycles through the comments section below.