SO WHAT ABOUT THE OLD ONE?
The 1190 Adventure was introduced in 2013 alongside the 1190 Adventure R as all-new, road/dirt orientated successors to the 990 Adventure and KTM 990 Adventure R.
With a new, 1195cc version of the LC8 V-twin producing 147.5bhp and 92.2ftlb, the 1190 had a punchy, potent delivery while its pioneering, multi-mode electronics combined with semi-active WP suspension, delivered super-naked-esque handling with the security offered by lean-sensitive traction control and ABS.
Euro4, however, forced its replacement. The newcomer, the 1290 S, has a similar chassis (but with cast wheels), more refined electronics, a new nose including adjustable screen, LED lights and swish 6.5in TFT screen plus a 1301cc, 160bhp and Euro4-compliant version of the LC8 motor. Its RRP is also £300 more.
On the plus side, unsold 1190s are now being discounted by up to £3200, making it up to £500 cheaper than even the new 1090 whose profile it mostly shares (adjustable screen and cast wheels aside) but over which it has a more sophisticated chassis and an extra 22bhp.
Unsold 1190s are going cheap