The KTM 1050 Adventure misses out on the bells and whistles from the bigger Adventure bikes but comes with adequate power that will surely keep the tourer happy.
Adding a new model to its coveted Adventure lineup, KTM premiered the new 1050 Adventure motorcycle at the ongoing EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan. The youngest Adventure bike from the Austrian manufacturer, the 1050 Adventure resembles the 1190 Adventure in terms of aesthetics but misses out on certain bells and whistles compared to its elder siblings. Nonetheless, the motorcycle will definitely appeal to those looking for a tourer on a budget or to those who need adequate power without too much of electronic intrusion.
While detailed specifications have not been revealed as yet, the 2015 KTM 1050 Adventure weighs a healthy 212 kgs and is powered by a 1050cc liquid-cooled V-Twin engine that produces 95 PS of power. KTM is also offering a detuning kit on the motorcycle that reduces the power output to 48 PS, thus making it compatible for A2 license holders in Europe. Compared to bigger Adventures like the 1190 and 1290 models, KTM has limited the number of tech wizardry on the 1050 Adventure but the model still comes pretty well loaded with features including a slipper clutch, 3-level traction control, Brembo brakes and ABS.
You also get WP suspension system; adjustable windscreen, handlebars and foot pegs as well as different riding modes and throttle-by-wire technology. The detuning kit also opens up avenues for novice riders to start young, thereby catering to a wider target audience. In addition, KTM is also offering a range of accessories for owners to customize their model to individual specification. Confirmed for Europe, the KTM 1050 Adventure will not be sold in other markets including North America and has been priced at 13,150 Euros (Rs. 10.10 lakhs). It could make its way to India via the CKD route.