2017 Super Adventure gets aerodynamic comfort boost
Despite the apparent periscope fitted to the back of this test mule, we’re as certain as we can be that KTM aren’t actually readying a new submersible version of the 1290 Super Adventure just yet. But the fact that this test bike was spied in Spain last week does intimate that an updated model will arrive in 2017.
The bike is a clearly a prototype version of a midlife refresh for the 1290 Super Adventure, which will almost certainly be seen officially later this year alongside the KTM 1190 MCN spied recently with similar modifications to the front fairing and screen.
There most obvious oddity on this test bike is that tall periscope, which appears to be carrying a series of microphones, an air-speed sensor and other calibration kit. We suspect this may well be to measure the engine and exhaust noise at various speeds as the bike will necessarily be undergoing testing and set-up in order to pass strict new Euro 4 regulations that come into force for all new motorcycles at the start of 2017 – and which the current Super Adventure doesn’t meet.
Along with the bike’s test apparatus, check out the short strips of thread all over the rider’s jacket and helmet. These thin pieces of material give an easy visual representation of airflow