The 1290 KTM Super Adventure sets a new benchmark in the travel enduro segment with a class-leading equipment specification that leaves other travel enduros playing catch-up.
The Super Adventure’s uncompromisingly powerful KTM engine is matched by safety and electronics packages that are streets ahead of the competition, which means that sports riding meshes seamlessly with a versatile travel enduro style, making the Super Adventure the perfect ride for any journey.
State-of-the-art instrument cluster from automotive supplier VDO: central permanent LCD for displaying all riding conditions (plus speedo, cruise control and rev counter with adjustable gearshift light), another LCD on the left for displaying the adjustable features:
- Favourites page
- MSC ride modes
- WP Semi-active suspension mode
- Heated grips and seats
- Riding conditions page for additional info, e.g. outside/oil temperature, onboard voltage, various trips, average speed, average and current fuel consumption, range, distance to next service
Different modes for the various assistance systems can be selected using a mode switch on the left side of the handlebar. It’s very simple and intuitive: “up” and “down” through the menu selection, select the desired menu item with the left button, confirm it with the right, job done!
Based on the most powerful travel enduro engine to date, the 1190, combined with 1301cc displacement of “The Beast” 1290 Super Duke R, this engine clearly sets a new benchmark in all categories: a powerful punch for fully-loaded tours, torque right from the bottom end, reducing gear shifting, easily controllable for offroad use and 160 hp peak power for when the chips are down. In designing the engine KTM’s engineers took the cylinders, pistons and con-rods from the 1290 Super Duke R and brought them together with a newly developed cylinder head and crankshaft to give the 1290 Super Adventure a power plant to match its mighty appearance:
- Massive torque
- Extremely smooth throttle control
- Strong, well-mannered power characteristics
With its ultra-lightweight yet extremely rugged tubular space frame, the high strength, die-cast, open-lattice swingarm and newly developed, semi-active suspension components from WP Suspension, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure’s chassis meets and exceeds every demand in terms of stability, delivering total control to the rider. Spoked wheels – tubeless, 19-inch up front; 17-inch at the rear – fat tyres and tuned suspension travel further optimise its talents on the asphalt. Unrivalled braking from world market leader Brembo and assistance systems (MSC with MTC and lean-sensitive C-ABS), developed in close collaboration with Bosch, round off the package and raise the 1290 Adventure into a clear lead in terms of ride dynamics and safety. The very best components from world-class suppliers are brought together to create the 1290 Super Adventure’s chassis. They combine the renowned KTM pure riding experience with the best possible feedback and maximum safety.
The tubular space frame is made from chrome-molybdenum stainless steel. The frame is the key to the Super Adventure’s excellent chassis geometry, is extremely rugged and yet weighs only 9.8 kg, in line with the consistent lightweight construction that contributes to the low overall weight of just 229 kg (ready to ride, without fuel) and 249 kg fully fuelled.
- The highest welding standards
- Precisely manufactured tubes (laser-cut for perfect clearances, robot-welded, minimal welding stresses, etc.)
- High quality surface finish
WP SEMI-ACTIVE SUSPENSION
The innovative WP Semi-active Suspension system creates a new level of comfort and safety in motorcycle riding. A SCU (Suspension Control Unit) continuously adapts the damping rates in real-time to optimise the chassis according to the road surface and riding style.
SCU uses special damping sensors:
- Stroke sensor front and rear
- Accelerometer on the front and rear bodywork
- The rider can select between four damping modes:
» Soft: maximum comfort while preserving optimum feedback and dynamics
» Street: best useful compromise for street use
» Sport: sets each function of the system to achieve short times on the racetrack
» Offroad: optimises damping for offroad riding
The SCU detects specific riding situations and delivers the appropriate settings changes to deal with them. “Anti-Dive”, for example, keeps the bike horizontal when braking, a big comfort benefit for two-up riding as well as the safety benefit of keeping the headlight shining where it should. The system also recognises the vehicle load, firming the suspension to match increased weight.
- More comfortable, dynamic and safe riding
The die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is not only particularly light and stable, it’s also precisely manufactured, its design optimized for stiffness while offering essential flex characteristics.
Precise application, powerful and fade-free: Abundant stopping power is assured on the 1290 Super Adventure with the very finest components from Brembo: such as twin 320 mm brake discs, radially mounted, four-piston fixed callipers and a radial master cylinder. At the rear, braking is taken care of by a generously dimensioned 268 mm disc. The system management is taken care of by Bosch’s 9ME C-ABS, together with MSC.
With so much propulsion on tap the front wheel can become very light which, if unchecked, can quickly lead to unpleasant kick-back on uneven roads or following a slight stimulus at the handlebar. The Super Adventure prevents this safely with a reliable and sensitive WP steering damper.
TUBELESS SPOKED WHEELS
Wire-spoked wheels for tubeless tires featuring airtight rim beds patented by KTM. The rims on the 1290 Super Adventure combine all the benefits of a tubeless tire (easy fitting and dynamic advantages due to no inner tube) with the stability and robustness of a wire-spoked wheel. This construction makes the Super Adventure’s rims substantially more resilient than any of the competition’s cast or spoked wheels – an added bonus, especially in hard offroad riding. Hubs and rims are finished in a high quality dark satin titanium coating, the rims also bear the “1290 SUPER ADVENTURE” logo.
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Forced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps
SECONDARY GEAR RATIO
PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular space frame, powder-coated
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)
2 x Brembo four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake discs, floating
Brembo twin-piston fixed calliper, brake disc
FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER
REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER
Bosch 9ME combined ABS (incl. cornering ABS and offroad mode, disengageable)
X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
STEERING HEAD ANGLE
1560 ± 15 mm
TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.)
WEIGHT READY TO RACE (WITHOUT FUEL)