KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R 2021
Pick a point on a map, drop a pin, and hit the road. The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is engineered to cross the wildest, most challenging terrain with unmatched ability and class-leading performance. It leaves us saying only one thing – Uncharted territory beware! The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is primed and ready to plant its flag anywhere on the planet.
THE KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R PUT TO THE TEST BY CHRIS BIRCH
From the riding heaven of New Zealand to the rest of the world, Adventure bike guru Chris Birch puts the all-new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R through its paces to provide his own review of KTM’s ultimate all-terrain powerhouse.
01. ENGINE & EXHAUST
With a sledgehammer hit of 160 hp and a massive 138 Nm of earth-twisting torque, the proven V-twin LC8 engine once again takes the accolades as the most compact, lightest, and best performing engine in the segment. Its greener too, meeting all EURO5 regulations and will deliver 15.000 km service intervals and low fuel consumption, trip after trip, mile after mile.
A new, reworked, and lightweight, chrome-molybdenum stainless steel trellis frame featuring laser-cut tubes, combines with forged elements for an ultra-strong component on the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R. The steering head has been moved 15 mm rearwards, to shorten the overall frame for improved cornering behavior, while the front engine mount has been rotated forward by 2 degrees to aid in hard acceleration, keeping the front end firmly planted on the ground.
03. ERGONOMICS & COMFORT
Wide, adjustable, and ready for long hours in the saddle, the high-strength tapered aluminum handlebars are designed to provide riders with greater control, and uncompromised comfort. Newly developed and robust handguards have also been designed for optimal aerodynamic behavior when it comes to high-speed stability.
04. BODYWORK & GRAPHICS
Turning night into day, the LED headlight on the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R has been designed to light the way on any adventure. Flanked by cornering and day time running lights. This results in a clean, KTM-distinctive look which provides impeccable illumination with a wide beam pattern to light up the road ahead.
05. SOFTWARE & ELECTRONICS
Taking charge at the helm is an all-new scratch-resistant 7-inch TFT display. Unmatched in terms of graphics and readability, adventurers can access information on the fly, quickly and easily without navigating complex menus. This comes thanks to a 6-way switch cube on the handlebar and the new quick select and favorites buttons. Connectivity is also taken care of by way of KTM MY RIDE, which connects via Bluetooth for turn-by-turn navigation, music, and even answering calls. Still catching glare? The TFT screen is tilt-angle adjustable.
TORQUE – 138 Nm
TRANSMISSION – 6-speed
COOLING – Liquid cooled
POWER IN KW – 118 kW
STARTER – Electric starter
STROKE – 71 mm
BORE – 108 mm
CLUTCH – PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
CO2 EMISSIONS – 134 g/km
DISPLACEMENT – 1301 cm³
EMS – Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
DESIGN – 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
FUEL CONSUMPTION – 5.7 l/100 km
LUBRICATION – Forced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps
TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.) – 23 l
ABS – Bosch 10.3ME Combined-ABS (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode)
FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER – 320 mm
REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER – 267 mm
CHAIN – 525 X-Ring
DRY WEIGHT – 221 kg
FRAME DESIGN – Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
FRONT SUSPENSION – WP XPLOR-USD, Ø 48 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE – 242 mm
REAR SUSPENSION – WP Xplor PDS shock absorber
SEAT HEIGHT – 880 mm
STEERING HEAD ANGLE – 64.7 °
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT) – 220 mm
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR) – 220 mm