2017 Su­per Ad­ven­ture gets aero­dy­namic com­fort boost

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Andy Downes

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

Up periscope! The test mule’s snorkel is mea­sur­ing sound Tweaked screen will boost Su­per Ad­ven­ture’s com­fort Pa­tent shows a ring of hap­tic ac­tu­a­tors in­side BMW’S com­mu­nica­tive hel­met

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