The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is built to traverse terrain quickly and effortlessly thanks to its powerful engine and efficient cooling system.
With a blistering 160 horsepower and 101 lb.-ft. of torque, the proven LC8 V-twin engine is praised as the most compact, lightest, and best performing engine in the segment. It is also more ecological thanks to its reduced consumption.
For 2022 KTM completely reworked the exhaust system. Now it has two new collectors that lead the exhaust gases to a hydroformed collector chamber equipped with two catalytic converters. It also has a stainless steel silencer that provides the classic tone of the V-twins.
This bike from KTM’s 2022 lineup comes with a new generation of WP’s innovative Semi-Active Suspension Technology (SAT) with electronically controlled magnetic valves for variable damping, providing a wide range of adjustments for maximum comfort and safety.
The European motorcycle also features a WP steering damper between the chassis and the lower steering plate. The wheels are MITAS Terra Force-R tires specifically developed for this motorcycle.
With all the technology it presents, this bike increases the rider’s agility and comfort over long distances, to where the brand claims the new 1290 Super Adventure S is the new benchmark in the segment.
The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Adenture S starts at $20,800 USD / $21,499 CAD.
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Price: $20,800 USD / $21,499 CAD.
160 horsepower and 101 lb.-ft. of torque LC8 V-twin engine
WP Semi-Active Suspension Technology (SAT)
WP steering damper
MITAS Terra Force-R tires
Exhaust system with two headers and a hydroformed collector chamber equipped with two catalytic converters
Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
Power in KW
Forced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps
PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
WP SAT (semi-active technology) Upside-Down Ø 48 mm
WP SAT (semi-active technology) shock absorber
Tank capacity (approx.)
Bosch 10.3ME Combined-ABS (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode)
2022 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S Features
With a sledgehammer hit of power and 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, and will deliver 15,000 km service intervals and low fuel consumption, trip after trip, mile after mile.
Helping the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S shift – in more ways than one – is a 6-speed PANKL transmission with a new, lighter aluminum shifting drum with optimized tracks for faster, smoother gear changes. Shifting forks have also been coated in copper to reduce wear and tear. This also helps the Quickshifter+ engage quicker for ultra-fast, slick gear changes.
Not only does the slipper clutch open when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also assists when you open up the throttle. The former prevents destabilizing rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating; the latter reduces the lever force required for changing gears, allowing the clutch to be controlled with one trigger happy finger – saving you energy while riding.
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 S. 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. A newly designed, lightweight, and high-strength aluminum side stand completes the package.
There’s no modest way to say this, but – the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is fitted the most advanced suspension system on the market. Featuring a new generation of innovative WP Semi-Active Technology (SAT) Suspension with electronically controlled magnetic valves for variable damping, providing a wide range of adjustability for maximal comfort and safety. Best yet, all the settings and adjustments to the suspension can be made via the dashboard and are indicated on the TFT screen. In addition, the optional Suspension PRO package allows the rider to benefit from an automatic setting of the rear shock preload or individually adjustable settings for the shock or fork.
Heading off the beaten track often leads to encountering some pretty rough roads. Thankfully, things are kept in check my a WP steering damper as standard. Linked between the frame and the triple clamp, the steering damper ensures things are kept tidy when the road isn’t.
Extended by 15 mm to optimize tracking stability in conjunction with the shorter frame, the die-cast, open-lattice swingarm retained it lightweight and pin-point manufacturing to provide stiffness and uncompromised control when out on the road.
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.
Turning night into day, the new cornering integrated LED headlight has been designed to integrate the front Radar Sensor on the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S, 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.