Aiming squarely at the luxury touring machine market, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure shows a new direction for the Austrian firm. Apparently, the V2 engine will “ensure furious fervor”, with the new flagship bike including Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), Traction Control MTC, semi-active WP suspension, and cruise control.

The bike comes with the newly developed cornering headlights as standard, and can be equipped with electronic Hill Hold Control HHC. Here are the full details from KTM…



With the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE, KTM re-writes the history of the ultimate travel enduro. After defining new benchmarks of the segment already with the KTM 1190 ADVENTURE, they now add even more displacement, more power, more equipment, more comfort and more safety to raise the bar for the competition by another couple of notches. To this end, the developing engineers helped themselves to the cylinders, pistons and connecting rods of the 1301 cc V2 of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. They developed new cylinder heads and a new crankshaft to go with these, in order to give the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE 160 hp and optimise the engine characteristic for super enduro duty with some extra flywheel mass. Already exemplary on the KTM 1190 ADVENTURE, ride comfort was once again increased on the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE. For example, wind protection was optimised with a new windshield that the rider can adjust with a single hand. A heated seat and heated grips exude comfortable warmth if needed, and a large 30-litre tank provides an adequate range.



Everything modern technology has to offer

Already extensive, the rider assistance package with its multi-mode electronic suspension, Ride Mode technology and stability control MSC including the multi-stage, combined C-ABS and traction control MTC has been expanded yet again for the new flagship among KTM travel enduros with an electronic cruise control and standard tire pressure monitoring. The innovative WP semi-active Suspension system which adapts the damping rates perpetually in real-time to the riding surface and rider is also standard, just as the LED cornering headlights. In addition, a hill hold control is available as an option for the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE, as well as the engine drag torque control that prevents the rear wheel from losing grip, should the rider chop the throttle or pop the clutch on a downshift. At the current state of technology, no travel enduro could offer more in the way of rider assistance and safety systems than the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE.



The safest motorcycle in the world

The new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE pulls off the balancing act between the comfort and equipment of a luxury tourer on the one hand and the low weight, awesome dynamism and exemplary safety of a typical KTM travel enduro on the other. But beyond the incomparable suspension and all the rider assistance, it is the stability control MSC that makes it the safest motorbike in the world, launched for the first time last year in the KTM 1190 ADVENTURE and KTM 1190 ADVENTURE R models. Developed in close cooperation with Bosch, this riding dynamics control ensures that the anti-lock brakes and traction control of the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE are controlled with respect to the current lean and dive angles, which means they even work while leaned over and cornering. This way, MSC prevents the wheels from skidding while leaned over, as far as is possible within the limits of riding dynamics. This creates the perfect prerequisites for maximum dynamism and pure riding enjoyment, combined with optimum safety. And it not only makes the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE the world’s most uncompromising luxury travel endure but also the safest motorcycle in the world.


Tony Carter

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