Let’s start with the height of it. The very tall riding position – its 890mm seat height is the same as the R1200GS’S – is in reality the tallest of the bunch. Unlike the Beemer, there isn’t much sag in the conventional, fully adjustable WP suspension once you’ve climbed on-board, so you feel like you are constantly riding on stilts.
The seat isn’t as plush as the BMW either, while the standard screen needs to be slightly larger, and there isn’t the physical wind protection from the bodywork like you get on both the Ducati and BMW. You’re sat more on the bike rather than in it.
But make no mistake, KTM have made an astonishing bike – a machine that has a 21in front wheel AND superbike levels of power and torque.
A small-for- class 23-litre fuel tank and narrow seat have their benefits as, both off and on-road, they give the impression the bike is lighter and more flickable. And while the BMW and Ducati both have electronic suspension, the Super Adventure’s relatively basic set-up allows you to enjoy the full 160bhp of the 1301 V-twin. It’s not as refined as the Ducati, and doesn’t have the comfort of the BMW but it delivers fun by the bucket-load both on-road and off. The only negatives are the lack of feedback from the front tyre at big lean angles and questionable stability at high speeds when a slight weave starts to make itself known.
‘The KTM is an astonishing bike, with superbike levels of power’