KTM 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture R Suzuki DL1000 V-strom / XT

160bhp | 240kg | Seat height 890mm

Motorcycle News (UK) - - New Bikes Special - MO­TOR­CY­CLE SHOW 2017

Trac­tion con­trol & Cor­ner­ing ABS Fully-ad­justable WP sus­pen­sion 21in front / 18in rear laced rims

Take the en­gine from the Su­per Duke R, give it a fid­dle, shove it in a huge hard­core enduro chas­sis, and pull the pin. This is go­ing to be epic. If you thought the 1190 Ad­ven­ture R was bonkers – this just stole its lunch money, pushed its head in the toi­let and flushed it.

In typ­i­cal R fash­ion there’s the wild or­ange frame and crash bars, big laced wheels, and huge sus­pen­sion travel – but let’s talk about the en­gine first.

At peak tune, the 1290 mo­tor makes 173bhp – but KTM have tuned it to de­liver 160bhp in this guise, with 103.25ftlb of torque on tap.

The R gets a rather dis­tinc­tive new face, which you’ll ei­ther love, or think looks like a ba­boon’s back­side. At its core is an alu­minum carrier for the new LED lights, which also acts as a heat sink. In­te­grated into the lower part of the head­lights are LED cor­ner­ing lights which are con­trolled by lean an­gle sen­sors.

The 1301cc V-twin was used in the 2016 Su­per Ad­ven­ture, but for 2017 it gets Euro4 ho­molo­ga­tion, and its in­take has gained newly de­vel­oped ex­pan­sion cham­bers for im­proved re­fine­ment and smoother power de­liv­ery, es­pe­cially in the low and mid range. At 2500rpm there’s al­ready 80ftlb of torque.

The en­gine and chas­sis are all tied to­gether with the Bosch MSC pack­age in its top spec­i­fi­ca­tion with in­te­grated, lean-an­gle sen­si­tive C-ABS, Mo­tor­cy­cle Trac­tion Con­trol (MTC) and five rid­ing modes. In off-road mode, the ABS al­lows the rider to lock

the rear, while re­tain­ing ABS on the front. The 1290 gets laced 21in front, and 18in rear, rims which are tube­less thanks to

the unique rim de­sign. They’re also fit­ted with KTM’S Tyre Pres­sure Mon­i­tor­ing Sys­tem ( TPMS). The bike also has WP sus­pen­sion with 220mm of travel front and rear. Stiffer springs in the 48mm WP up­side-down front forks and a pro­gres­sively damped PDS shock en­sure the chas­sis can take what­ever is dished out. There’s also key­less ig­ni­tion, cruise con­trol, and an op­tions list that in­cludes Hill Hold Con­trol (HHC), the Mo­tor Slip Reg­u­la­tion (MSR) and a bidi­rec­tional quick­shifter – all of which can be con­trolled via the new 6.5in TFT color dash. There’s even a wa­ter­proof mo­bile phone com­part­ment with USB charger. And, of course, there are lots of lug­gage op­tions, too.

‘Thought the 1190 R was bonkers? This just stole its lunch money’

99.2bhp | 228kg | Seat height 850mm

The V-strom 1000 gets a range clean-up and a host of small changes for 2017. The stan­dard V-strom is for road rid­ers, the XT is for the more ad­ven­tur­ous – just like the 650 range.

Both get the same re­vi­sions, with a new seat and cowl­ing/wind­screen de­sign for im­proved com­fort, while adopt­ing the Mo­tion Track Brake Sys­tem. The XT is dis­tin­guished by laced rims and a more rugged stance.

The Mo­tion Track Brake Sys­tem is a Bosch ABS sys­tem us­ing a five-axis In­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Unit (IMU), which means cor­ner­ing ABS. The front and rear brakes are also linked, au­to­mat­i­cally ap­ply­ing pres­sure to the rear brake when the front brake pres­sure rises to a cer­tain level.

The wind­screen de­sign has also been changed thanks to ex­ten­sive wind-tun­nel test­ing. Three pre-set po­si­tions are avail­able. Set at the low­est po­si­tion as stan­dard, the screen can be lifted 15mm or 30mm up­wards.

At least you can’t see the weird front head­light from this an­gle

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