KTM’s continuing its assault of updates across its extensive range of adventure bikes – and the latest to get tweaked for 2023 is its bonkers 1290 Super Adventure R.
The news follows on nicely from the big reveal of its updated 1290 Super Adventure S and as you’d expect, the more off-road focused R gets many of the same changes as its road-going sibling for the new year.
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In addition to a new paint job and some Bridgestone AX41 tyres, the new 1290 gets a swanky new 7-inch colour display. It’s a proper bit of kit which allows you to access turn-by-turn navigation without having to faff about with the KTM smartphone app (though it does have all the usual smartphone connectivity if you want to make phone calls on the go).
Aside from that, it’s pretty much business as usual. The 1301cc V-twin engine (with 160hp and 138Nm of torque), 23-litre fuel tank, 15,000km service intervals, manually-adjustable WP suspension all remain, and there’s the usual suite of sophisticated electronics which includes traction control, wheelie control, cornering ABS, and multiple riding modes.
It’s a cracking package and KTM didn’t need to mess around with the bike too much, so a few small tweaks and a few extra goodies should be plenty to convince adventure aficionados to give the big 1290 Super Adventure a serious look if they’re in the market for something that’s capable both on and off the road. And it’s already available in dealers for the princely sum of £17,299.
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