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Freshen up your bike for just £1.69! When you own an older mo­tor­cy­cle, it’s easy to as­sume that ev­ery part is dis­con­tin­ued, but check with your dealer and you’d be sur­prised. I’d learnt to live with the gnarly fair­ing fas­ten­ers on my R1, think­ing re­place­ments would be ex­tor­tion­ate, but it turns out they’re just £1.69 each. Like­wise, the new OE disc bolts I fit­ted were just £20 for a set of 12 on­line. A good re­source for avail­abil­ity is fowlersparts.co.uk

Why you should buy a 2000 R1 right now! Yamaha’s tweaked ver­sion of their su­per­bike is an ap­pre­ci­at­ing clas­sic wait­ing to hap­pen. In­tro­duced in 2000, two years af­ter the first R1, it was sub­ject to 150 mi­nor tweaks, but the at­ti­tude is ba­si­cally the same. The price, how­ever, isn’t. For a mint,

orig­i­nal 1998 bike you’re now look­ing £6000, while a 2000 bike in sim­i­lar con­di­tion would be £3500 up­wards, in the same way that prices of Yamaha’s RD350 YPVSS were hiked as LCS be­come ex­pen­sive, the same is likely to hap­pen here – es­pe­cially for well-main­tained, stock­look­ing mod­els.

Imust ad­mit, the ma­jor­ity of miles I’ve cov­ered so far on the KTM 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture S have been wracked up on my bor­ing M1 and A1 com­mute. But that all changed last week with an in­tense blast into the depths of Wales, where the ad­ven­ture cre­den­tials of the KTM were put to the test.

Cov­er­ing mo­tor­way miles, A-roads, B-roads, sin­gle track and even a lit­tle bit of off-road, I now have a much bet­ter feel for the big KTM. The last­ing impression from my mini pil­grim­age is just how ca­pa­ble and fast the 1290 is as a ded­i­cated road bike. A lot of that is down to the – ar­guably ex­ces­sive – 160bhp and 103ftlb of torque, but that’s not all – its elec­tron­ics are top notch, be­ing both ad­vanced and easy to use.

I’ve never been a fan of elec­tron­i­cally-loaded bikes, be­cause in the past I’ve found their rider as­sists far too in­tru­sive, but the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of ma­chin­ery on the market is so much more re­fined. So now I’ve com­pletely U-turned and have gone from dis­lik­ing the elec­tron­ics to em­brac­ing them be­cause they are so good. On the new Su­per Ad­ven­ture S it all starts with the elec­tronic sus­pen­sion, which is not only semi­ac­tive mean­ing that it re­sponds to the ter­rain you’re rid­ing, but it also al­lows you to dial in the feel you want. So for mo­tor­way cruis­ing it’s Com­fort mode all the way and then when the go­ing gets fast and twisty it’s into Sport which firms things up for a no­tice­ably sharper ride.

You can also use dif­fer­ent maps which change the en­gine char­ac­ter, but it’s the rain map that is the most im­pres­sive. On a bike that just wants to take off at any point of the rev range, the rain map takes the edge off the ini­tial ac­cel­er­a­tion hit, mak­ing it eas­ier, smoother and al­most cer­tainly faster when you’re on greasy, pud­dle-strewn tar­mac.

Renewed heat-shield­ing cour­tesy of heat-proof tape. Orig­i­nal Yamaha heat shield­ing is on back-or­der Wheel lift­ing as Matt gets on the gas, this R1 is the epit­ome of the ana­logue su­per­bike Leo Vinci (they changed name to Leo Vince in early 2000s) is one of four pipes he has for the R1. Stock, Akra, Pro­mo­tive and this ‘I’d for­got­ten what a flex­i­ble friend the bike is, driv­ing hard out of ev­ery cor­ner, front wheel float­ing’


It might be big but the 1290 can hus­tle when needed


2017 KTM 1290 SU­PER AD­VEN­TURE S MICHAEL GUY For­mer 250 road racer, ad­ven­ture rider, En­duro and Rally racer Height 5ft 10in Weight 70kg Price £14,299 Fuel 23 litres at 49mpg = 247.45 miles Weight 238kg Seat 860mm Power 160bhp Torque 103ftlb michael.guy@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

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