‘Strips of thread on the rider’s jacket sug­gest KTM have a wind­tun­nel’

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di­rec­tion and tur­bu­lence, and sug­gest that KTM may have a se­cret wind­tun­nel test fa­cil­ity in Spain.

Other changes clearly vis­i­ble on the bike in­clude a sig­nif­i­cantly al­tered nose cone and side pan­els. The frontal area is now no­tably lower, while the leanan­gle sen­si­tive lights sit higher in the side pan­els, lin­ing up more closely with the new, lower, head­lamp unit. Hope­fully this will re­duce the dis­tract­ing light pol­lu­tion that in­vades the fork re­cess when cor­ner­ing at night. The screen is also of a dif­fer­ent shape and boasts per­fo­ra­tions at the sides, aimed at dif­fus­ing the air­flow and tur­bu­lence so preva­lent with ad­ven­ture bikes. There are no fur­ther aes­thetic changes vis­i­ble on the test mule, but the en­gine will also have re­quired sig­nif­i­cant work to bring it in line with Euro 4 – KTM have al­ready been through this process for the new Su­per Duke GT, from which the Su­per Ad­ven­ture is likely to bor­row heav­ily.

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