2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R First Look

September 20, 2012
JC Hilderbrand
JC Hilderbrand
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Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA’s Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn’t matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.

The adventure touring rumor mill just mainlined an eight-ball of meth thanks to some leaked photos of a brand-new pair of KTM motorcycles. The supposed 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure and 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R have lit the fires on what is going to be an exciting model year for the ADV crowd. KTM Austria responded to the breach by tossing a few bones in the form of these photos. We checked with KTM USA and were informed that the bikes shown are 2013 European models. North American versions will be revealed as 2014 models next fall.

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure
2013 KTM 1190 Adventure
The 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure will not reach American shores until fall of next year as a 2014 model.

KTM has been tight-lipped about the machine but European rags like our friends at MCN have been keeping a keen eye on its development and have gleaned info and photos. The Adventure is a more street-biased machine with 19/17-inch wire-spoke wheels and will come in orange or grey with a black chassis. The Adventure R heads for the dirt with a 21/18 tubeless wire-spoke combo, black/white bodywork, smaller, smoked windscreen and an orange frame and crash bars, similar to the KTM 990 Adventure Dakar model we tested last year.

Both motorcycles use an LC8 V-Twin engine that is derived from the RC8 sportbike. We dyno’d that bike during the 2011 Superbike Smackdown and it cranked out 152.41 horsepower and 86.13 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers in an AT platform would be insane – similar mind-melting qualities as the Ducati Multistrada which is also due for a revamp. It’s probably safe to assume that the Adventure version will be tuned differently so that it doesn’t have to be revved over 10,000 rpm all the time, but that boatload of torque is going to be well-suited to the Adventure. The old 990 Adventure revved much lower and only generated roughly 95 horsepower, that’s a 62% increase! It’ll use ride-by-wire throttle tech, have variable engine mapping and looks to feature traction control with multiple settings. Service intervals are recommended at 15,000 kilometers (9320 miles).

The chassis is latticed tubular chromoly steel and it is suspended by WP components. The street version is reportedly electronically adjustable, and the R model has a fully adjustable shock and fork with separate compression and rebound damping. The seat looks to be adjustable with the R model sporting a stitched suede version. Footpegs and handlebars are also multi-position. Both models are shown with handguards though it’s tough to see a standard skidplate from the photos. As is customary with premium AT bikes, the windscreen is adjustable.

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R
The 2013 KTM Adventure R model comes with some different bodywork, seat, wheels and crashbars.

It has a left-side chain drive and the exhaust goes 2-into-1 underneath the swingarm pivot point before exiting to the right in a large muffler. Brakes are dual discs up front with four-piston Brembo calipers. Out back is a Brembo and single rotor. It is reported to have switchable Bosch ABS. The ABS and traction control will have an off-road mode. At a claimed 518 curb pounds, that would put this bike well under the norm for big ADVs.

We’ll know for certain where the Austrians stand during the INTERMOT show in Cologne on the first week of October. That’s when we’ll see the new BMW R1200GS as well with its liquid-cooled Boxer. Things are shaping up nicely for 2013 across the pond, and there’s speculation that KTM could also be debuting a 1290 Adventure in 2014 (probably 2015 for us).

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