KTM 1290 Super Adventure R Suzuki DL1000 V-strom / XT
160bhp | 240kg | Seat height 890mm
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