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KTM Confirms 1290 Super Adventure

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
KTM has confirmed a new model for its 2015 lineup with the 1290 Super Adventure. The Austrian marque has released one teaser pic, and limited information. The full spec details for the 1290 are forthcoming, pending its official launch at the INTERMOT show on September 30.


A brief press release announcing the 1290 Super Adventure bills the new model as “the absolute pinnacle of luxury sport-touring riding.” The new mount is based off this year’s 1190 Adventure, but adds displacement and fuel capacity – the latter from an “incredibly large fuel tank” to use KTM’s PR verbiage.

Presumably, the engine upgrade is similar to the 1290 Super Duke R, which boosted displacement of the LC8 V-Twin to 1301cc via 2mm longer stroke (108mm) and 3mm larger bore (71mm). While not identifying the exact engine upgrades, KTM’s Super Adventure PR does promise an increase and power and torque from the extra displacement. On that note, the 1290 Duke belted out an exhilarating 150.7 rear wheel horsepower and 92.4 lb-ft of torque on the MotoUSA dyno. That should put the Sport in sport-touring…

KTM also touts the up-spec Super Adventure will showcase the sophisticated electronics package developed for its 1190 Adventure models, including the Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system, ABS and traction control, which all work in tandem with the electronically-adjustable suspension damping. KTM also hints that this Super Adventure “will feature further absolutely unique electronically supported riding assistance equipment.”

So there’s a big tease and nice pic from KaTooM that will have to hold us over until the INTERMOT show. 

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DaveY   September 7, 2014 05:11 PM
When can I buy one?
Poncho167   August 26, 2014 04:52 PM
I'm glad they didn't go with the beak look.
Drunkula   August 25, 2014 06:00 AM
Wow. That makes me contemplate getting such a rig.
RaptorFA   August 21, 2014 01:13 PM
Wow, this looks great. The 1190 was an awsome bike. Seems like they have taken what they learned from that machine and made some nice enhancements. I like the new styling of the fairing and the new windscreen looks to be even more efficient. Can't wait to see one up close and personal!
thesoapster   August 21, 2014 09:21 AM
Oooo. Now I'm wondering about the RC8 upgrade...
RaptorFA   August 21, 2014 08:20 AM
Man, as if the 1190 wasn't awsome enough! This new machine will raise the bar even higher, unfortunately it will carry an even bigger price tag as well. “the absolute pinnacle of luxury sport-touring riding,” they say? Well maybe, if you are going where the pavement ends. I don't know, I think I would still prefer an FJR or a K1600. However, for adventure-tour riding I think we are looking at the machine that will finally kick some BMW GS butt!