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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

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