As the covers were pulled off their latest range of adventure motorcycles at Intermot yesterday, we all finally realised that KTM were killing off the hugely capable 1190 family.
However, don’t be saddened by this news for long, because in it’s place is something that promises to be even better!
The Austrian manufacturer will now be offering riders two 1090 options, and three 1290 variants suitable for road riders right through to extreme off-road enthusiasts.
The smaller 1090 family includes the Adventure R model, based around the 1050cc V-Twin, and with genuine off-road ability. As you’d expect from KTM, the bike makes use of their market leading electronics package with four rider modes to meet the wide variety of demands encountered on different kinds of terrain, and fully adjustable long-travel WP suspension. You’ll also get that all important 21″ front wheel which makes the task of riding off-road that little bit easier.
The firm’s new ultimate go-anywhere bike is the new 1290 Super Adventure R, a 160bhp off-road weapon using a tweaked Super Duke R engine. It’s got a new look at the front, and KTM have integrated LED cornering lights which are controlled by a lean angle sensor. The rims are tubeless, and with an integrated TPMS, the rider will receive a warning if tyre pressures drop. Again it has four rider modes, with the potential to deactivate the ABS on the rear wheel, whilst retaining it on the front end. The options list is also packed with other great tech and luggage options to turn this machine into your ultimate adventure bike.
If you’re after the ultimate adventure tourer, the now Euro 4 compliant 1290 Super Adventure T is the bike for you. It takes the best bits of KTM’s other leading adventure bikes and rolls them into one – think big, fast, and comfy!
The Super Adventure T will also roll out of the factory on ContiTrailAttack 2 tyres, whilst the Super Adventure R will have them available as an alternative fitment if you’re more likely to stick to the road.
We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these!
Find out more about the Continental adventure tyre range here.