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KTM 1290 Super Adventure preview

KTM 1290 Super Adventure
KTM 1290 Super Adventure

KTM will unveil its “super” version of the 1190 Adventure at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne in Germany on September 30.


The bike will be powered by the 1290 engine from the Super Duke R, hence its name Super Adventure. We are not sure if it will be a detuned version of the powerful 134kW Super Duke R. That is an extra 24kW and seems like an awful lot of power for an off-road bike. However, you could easily set a new record for an east-west Australia crossing on a beast like this.

KTM Australia marketing and communications manager Greg Chambers confirms: “The rumours are true, there will be a 1290 Super Adventure in the KTM model range for 2015. It will be more than just a larger engine though. It will be KTM’s take on a sport-touring model that will be both refined and luxurious.

“It’s really exciting that we’re entering this segment of the market, it will fit perfectly with our 1190 Adventure models which are also refined though targeted towards those riders wanting to venture off road a little more. The 1290 Super Adventure will be luxury built with a Ready to Race mentality. Very cool.”

From the photo, it appears the front has been redesigned to accept the bigger engine, with larger boomerang-shaped air intakes.

Let’s hope they have done something about the radiating heat from that engine.
It also looks like they have retained wire wheels and have hard panniers for the serious off-road tourer.

There is no Australian release date yet,  but we could expect it in early 2015.