New 1190’s big screen test

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This 1190 Ad­ven­ture pro­to­type was spot­ted on the same day and at the same lo­ca­tion as the 800 Duke and it shows the 1190 Ad­ven­ture will be get­ting a midlife re­fresh very soon with a com­pletely re­vised front fair­ing.

De­spite the strate­gic smat­ter­ing of dis­guise tape, we can see the wind­screen – built on this bike from rapid pro­to­typ­ing ma­te­rial – is taller, ad­justable and also of­fers a wider area for im­proved rider pro­tec­tion. Ad­justable screens are fast be­com­ing es­sen­tial in the ad­ven­ture mar­ket. The mech­a­nism isn’t vis­i­ble, but it seems likely that it will mir­ror the one-hand ad­justable sys­tem from the new Su­per Duke GT, while there is a chance it could be elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable. At the mo­ment there is a fairly rough and ready alu­minium struc­ture be­hind the screen to hold it upright and act as the ad­just­ment ratchet.

Un­der­neath the dis­guise ap­pears to be an all-new head­light but the tape has been placed over all but two tiny cut-outs to keep the ac­tual de­sign a se­cret for the mo­ment.

En­gine work to make this bike Euro4 com­pli­ant will al­most cer­tainly be done at the same time as this re­design of the front fair­ing as the bike will have to meet the new reg­u­la­tions to be sold af­ter the start of 2017.

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