KTM Super Adventure 1290!!! The KTM Super Adventure has semi-active WP suspension, which is ideal for both aggressive and casual riding. The rider can select from four pre-set suspension damping modes (Comfort, Street, Sport and Offroad) and the MSC system continuously optimizes damping rates depending on the riding surface and rider inputs. A fuel tank that holds nearly eight gallons gives you wide flexibility when picking a route, as visits to the gas station will be infrequent. A luggage rack and case carriers are also present. Powered by a 160 horsepower 1,301cc LC8 powerplant from the 1290 Super Duke R Naked Bike, no lack of power here!!! . The Austrians didn’t hold back on throwing the full book of tricks at their flagship model. The power delivery system (MTC) has four preset modes (Rain, Street, Sport and Offroad) as well as Off. Rain and Offroad Modes trim power down to a manageable 100 horsepower with Rain Mode allowing minimal slippage and Offroad Mode allowing the rear wheel to spin up to 2x as fast as the front. Sport and Street Modes get the full 160 horsepower, with a sharper throttle response in Sport Node and the ability to perform controlled drifts. The1290 Super Adventure is equipped with every imaginable electronic gizmo to enhance performance, safety and convenience, and then some. With its large tank and long list of touring amenities like an oversized windscreen, cruise control and dual heated saddles, KTM is clearly looking to up the ante in the luxury Adventure Tourer class and go head-to-head with the BMW’s popular R1200GS Adventure.
KTM launched the 1290 Super Adventure with the claim that it was “the safest motorcycle in the world” and the bike is packed with an amazing array of sophisticated electronic rider aids. It all starts with Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), a system that constantly monitors acceleration, braking, weight transfer and lean angle. With this data, the MSC system knows exactly how much braking or throttle can safely be applied and instantly modulates the rider’s control inputs. It’s even involved in optimizing suspension damping rates, keeping wheelies in check and engine braking. In short, it’s there to save your bacon when you get too aggressive or make a mistake.
Another unique safety feature are the LED cornering lights. They look like integrated auxiliary lights but they are designed to turn on automatically when the bike leans into a corner (thanks to MSC) to shine light through the turn instead of directly ahead. Twin Brembo 320mm discs up front are radially mounted with four-piston calipers and a single Brembo 267mm disc on the rear provide impressive breaking performance with the aid of C-ABS (Combined ABS) and MSC. The electronics sense when the front brake lever is actuated and applies rear braking simultaneously in optimal amounts. It’s also lean-angle sensitive, so it knows exactly how much braking modulation to apply when the tire’s contact patch is reduced in a turn. Beyond the electronic rider aids, the 1290 Super Adventure comes packed with a long list of standard equipment. For those interested in off-road travel, the Super comes with a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tubeless wire-spoked wheels. Suspension travel is 7.9 inches (200 mm) front and rear, which is .4 inches greater than the standard 1190 Adventure, although both bikes have the same ground clearance (8.7 inches) and seat height (33.9 inches). Crash protection is also standard, which includes hand guards, a minimalist skid plate and crash bars. The 1290 Super Adventure is the perfect bike for those that want to cover vast distances on the highway in comfort, but still want to enjoy the back roads and a few trails once they arrive somewhere interesting. It has been fully serviced, and this Super Adventure is ready for your adventure!!