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2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R First Look

Thursday, September 20, 2012
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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Philo   January 17, 2013 09:38 PM
One last improvement... Put in shaft drive. There is no way the service interval can be 10,000 miles with chain drive. Not unless you want to replace the chain each time at that interval.
Philo   January 17, 2013 09:33 PM
Wait a minute. The 990 was already was a thirsty bike. Now they added a bigger engine with only a slightly larger tank and made it more of a street oriented bike. Why not just build a sport touring bike? The have built everything else but wasted their time with this one. If they want this bike to carve out more of the Adventure bike market share, this new bike needs to directly compete with the GSA. Keep the long suspension of the 990, give it a bigger tank (at least 28 liters so it has a decent range)and up the amperes of the alternator. Since I am on my soapbox...IMPROVE THE RELIABILITY!!!
hipsterdufus   January 11, 2013 11:37 AM
The adv community is worried this is to street oriented compared to the 990. The pipe is running along the bottom so this needs a significant skid plate to be dirt worthy. As long as they keep the 990 around i think this is a good addition to the lineup. This reminds of the GS model bmw has alongside its GSA.
Cloudsurfer   November 25, 2012 03:22 AM
Saw this in the flesh at the Melbourne international motor show - Vic, Australia 23 November 2012. Looks awesome. As mentioned by neo, I also couldn't cope the looks of the old model(s) this one is the goods. It ooozes quality and has all the right bits - just add a bash plate and a bag or 2 and go. The muffler is a little big, a slimmer after market job would enhance the sound and look. It also appears pillion friendly but it was on a high stand and I could test the ride position, looks good though! I want one however they aren't available until March 2013 in Australia, and appears at little longer a wait in the US. 150 horses a problem? Not for me. It has ride by wire and 4 modes so you can pick the power you want or turn it off. Has ABS and TC with 3 or so modes each and they too can be on a particular mode or flicked off. You can tell the are getting good input from the real world, with a 23 litre tank it will have range too. Can't wait to hear the big v-twin rumble which is sure to add the riding pleasure compared to the sewing machine sound of the BM. As a buyer contemplating a steed for a few years, I think I've found it.
philthy_utah   September 22, 2012 09:26 PM
Are we seeing the same trend with ADV bikes that we saw with large SUVs years ago? No one took the SUVs offroad but they sure looked bad to the bone driving around parking lots! Very few will take these behemoth Katooms offroad either (mind you, I said very few not no one). I mean who needs a 1190cc (or 1290cc!) 150+ hp bike offroad forchrissake?
neo1piv014   September 21, 2012 06:58 AM
As someone who couldn't stomach the 990's looks, this bike looks gorgeous. Black with the orange frame/crash guards is the right look for it.