The KTM 1290 is the latest adventure bike from the Austrian manufacturer that uses the 1301cc V-Twin engine from the Super Duke R.
After giving a glimpse of the new adventure few weeks ago, KTM has officially unveiled the 1290 Super Adventure motorcycle at the ongoing Intermot Motorcycle Show in Germany. The Austrian manufacturer’s flagship adventure motorcycle, the new 1290 uses the underpinnings of the 1190 Adventure, while the engine comes from the 1290 Super Duke R, albeit with a few changes. While the 1290 Super Adventure may not be radically different from the younger 1190 Adventure, the bike does get a mildly revised tank extensions, reworked windshield, new LED cornering lights that are standard on all variants and the all-new black and white colour scheme that is exclusively available on the Super Adventure.
The 1290 Super Adventure uses the same tubular chrome molybdenum steel space frame from the 1190 Adventure; whereas the 1301cc V-Twin powerplant comes from the 1290 Super Duke R naked superbike but has been detuned to offer slightly less power. The liquid cooled 75-degree V-twin unit now belts out 160 HP of power and 150 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox using a hydraulically operated anti-hopping clutch. The Super Adventure also gets a heavier fly wheel compared to the 1290 Super Duke R. The bike gets heated grip and heated seats for a comfortable ride even in cold temperatures.
Suspension duties are performed by the WP inverted telescopic front forks and WP monoshock set-up at the rear. Stopping power on the 1290 Super Adventure comes from the 4-piston twin disc brakes at the front and a 2-piston single disc at the rear. Being an Adventure motorcycle, the fuel tank measures at a hefty 30-litres and will make sure you won’t be stopping for fuel anytime soon. A special addition is the new Bosch MSC cornering ABS and the bike also comes with traction control and cruise control as standard, while Hill Hold Control (HHC) is available as optional. KTM will start the sales of the 1290 Super Adventure in the first quarter of 2015 across Europe.