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True ad­ven­ture takes guts, so KTM’S rally ex­perts brought out the big guns for one sole pur­pose

.301cc, 140 Nm of torque and 160 hp into the world’s most ad­vanced Travel En­duro chas­sis, mak­ing for a mile-munch­ing om­ni­vore, ready to carve its name into any ter­rain. This is the KTM 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture R.

The KTM 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture R sets new per­for­mance stan­dards: 160 hp and a weight of only 240 kg pro­duce a power-to-weight ra­tio pre­vi­ously un­heard of in this class. The pow­er­ful yet cul­ti­vated en­gine en­ables ei­ther par­tic­u­larly re­laxed rid­ing or, if re­quired, su­per-sporty propulsion – with ev­ery con­ceiv­able level in be­tween. The chas­sis com­bines light­ness with out­stand­ing ge­om­e­try and sus­pen­sion, which, to­gether with ev­ery elec­tronic rid­ing aid KTM could muster.

Laid-back tour­ing and run­ning up the back-roads are a cinch. The ex­tremely wide ap­pli­ca­tion range is made pos­si­ble by the ground-break­ing elec­tron­ics pack­age fea­tur­ing Bosch MSC. There is no overly sharp re­spon­sive­ness or a taut chas­sis setup; the bike’s many rid­ing modes seam­lessly fit to wher­ever you might find your­self. Whether that’s an alpine pass, a bone-shak­ing track, wind­ing curves or sim­ply the ur­ban jun­gle.

The bike’s er­gonomics can be ad­justed to suit the pref­er­ences and stature of any rider, wher­ever they may roam: Two han­dle­bar clamp­ing po­si­tions: hor­i­zon­tal with a vari­ance of 10mm, Two foot­peg po­si­tions: 10mm up and back (di­ag­o­nally), Hand levers with 5 reach set­tings. Rid­ing it is a plea­sur­able af­fair for your pos­te­rior too. KTM un­der­stands that rid­ers spend a lot of time in the seat, so the seat has to pro­vide sup­port, feed­back and free­dom of move­ment. Thanks to KTM’S sta­teof-the-art 3D foam pad­ding, it does not mat­ter if the jour­ney is long, both rider and pas­sen­ger will get there in com­fort.

Its front looks are just as amaz­ing as well. The wind­shield’s height can be changed as quickly as you can change your mind, thanks to the eas­ily op­er­ated self-lock­ing win­der. The head­light’s cen­tral alu­minum part holds the LEDS and keeps the unit cool and is flanked by two more LED strips: the day­time run­ning lights. An­other set of LED cor­ner­ing lights round things off at the bot­tom and these use the lean an­gle sen­sor of the MSC sys­tem to ad­just their in­ten­sity in real-time.

Based on the 1,301cc V-twin of the KTM 1290 Su­per Duke R”, the KTM 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture R is clearly a strong con­tender. With 160hp and 140Nm of torque on tap, of which 108Nm is al­ready avail­able at 2,500rpm, it isn’t hard to imag­ine the kind of places this bike can go. With so much power, the bike’s ride-by-wire sys­tem en­sures per­fect

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