1190 gets hefty re­vamp for 2017

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

KTM’S 1190 Ad­ven­ture will be heav­ily up­dated for 2017, as re­vealed by th­ese spy shots taken last week out­side the Aus­trian fac­tory. The 1195cc V-twin has been a strong seller and re­mains an im­por­tant model for the firm – and has been up­dated to meet up­com­ing Euro4 reg­u­la­tions.

MCN man­aged to get images of an ear­lier ver­sion of this bike, wear­ing heavy dis­guise, sev­eral months ago but this is the first time the all-new fair­ing, larger wind­screen and new LED lights have been clearly vis­i­ble.

The big­gest changes can be seen up front and ap­pear to sig­nal a new de­sign trend for KTM with a look that’s go­ing to ex­tend to other bikes, such as the new 800cc par­al­lel-twin range.

The head­light is split into two halves by a cen­tral, ver­ti­cal strip which may dou­ble as an air-in­take. With no of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion avail­able it’s im­pos­si­ble to as­cer­tain whether this air duct is to feed the air­box, or if it’s aimed more at cool­ing the LED lights, or is there for purely aes­thetic rea­sons.

The new fair­ing slots around what ap­pears to be the same 23-litre fuel tank but there are dif­fer­ent shaped side pan­els that in­cor­po­rate re­vised air in­takes, while the ad­justable screen also ap­pears to have grown.

Al­though we can­not see in de­tail what is hap­pen­ing with the dash, it is likely to be in line with the de­vel­op­ments on the rest of the range, which are mov­ing to full colour Thin Film Tran­sis­tor (TFT) screens.

Cast wheels point to a road-fo­cused edi­tion of the 1190 New R model sport­ing se­ri­ous lug­gage KTM’S ex­ist­ing 1190 R is a big seller

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