KTM

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

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’

The KTM has stacks of power and can give su­per­bikes a scare on the road

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