KTM upped its game in the adventure-touring segment with the introduction of a new Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system in its 2014 1190 Adventure. The system, developed in conjunction with BOSCH, utilizes the motorcycle’s Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS) and Motorcycle Traction Control to help riders maintain control
KTM upped its stock in the ADV segment by equipping its 2014 1190 Adventure with a sophisticated Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system.
KTM touts its MSC as a 'revolution on asphalt: lean angle dependent ABS.'
KTM says its MSC is a safety net for riders that links the Motorcycle Stability Control system with the 1190 Adventure's Combined Antilock Braking System and Motorcycle Traction Control.
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is touting the system’s effectiveness particularly when cornering, reportedly “preventing wheels from slipping while leaned over” and keeping bikes from standing up abruptly when a rider hits the brakes while correcting the bike when leaned over.
According to BOSCH’s video explaining the new MSC, the system is constantly pouring over a list of data including wheel speed, lean angle, pitch angle, acceleration, braking pressure and other parameters. If it recognizes anomalies, it will automatically intervene but KTM states it is designed to work in the background without being overly intrusive.
KTM says its MSC will:
• prevent wheels from slipping when braking while leaned over, avoiding low-side crashes;
• minimize the motorcycle’s attempt to right itself when braking during a lean, thus helping decrease turn radius;
• prevent rolling over in emergency stops;
• distribute brake force to front and/or rear brakes, even when only one is applied;
• prevent wheelies while accelerating, and
• prevent rear wheel skids when accelerating while leaning.
The 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure and 2014 Adventure R continue to source a 75-degree V-Twin churning out a claimed 150 hp. A ride-by-wire system controls its 52mm Keihin throttle bodies for quick response to throttle input. The 1190 Adventure is outfitted with a hydraulically controlled slipper clutch and electronically adjustable WP suspension front and back. KTM lists the 2014 1190 Adventure’s weight at 230 kg (507 pounds), but whether that’s curb weight or dry is unknown. Regardless, the MSC has added a few pounds as the 2013 Adventure R is claimed to weigh 467 pounds dry. KTM states its MSC can be retrofitted on 2013 1190 Adventure and Adventure R models.
The 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure should stack up competitively against Ducati’s Multistrada 1200, the Italian ADV bike equipped with a Ducati Safety Pack that has its own sophisticated electronics package integrating data from its Ducati Traction Control, ABS, riding modes and Ducati Skyhook Suspension to keep riders in control.
KTM will begin producing the 2014 1190 Adventure models equipped with MSC in December. Prices listed for the German market are €13,995 (US$18,880) and €15,495 (US$20,900) for the 2014 1190 Adventure R.