UP-SPECCING THE BIG KTM
From the day my KTM 1290 Super Adventure S came out of the factory it was already more than capable of taking me on this 2000-mile round trip, but that doesn’t mean a few additions won’t make the bike even sweeter to ride when I head out next month.
Luggage The first additions for my big trip are a topbox and panniers. I’ve decided on official KTM items as they’re designed specifically for this bike. The styling is a little bland – a bit ‘BMW’ – and I was tempted with more rugged alloy cases, but the brackets and carriers needed to make them fit put me off. The KTM items are sleek and from the minimal use I’ve put them through so far are easy to use, appear waterproof and are easy to get on and off.
Akrapovic end can There is no need to adjust the fuel mapping with the new exhaust – it’s a simple case of plug and play. I’d be lying if I said I could feel any increase in power, but that is one area where I’m already completely satisfied. It gives a lovely, but non-offensive bark to the exhaust note, and apart from its looks, its most impressive credential is that it gives a hefty 3kg weight saving over the standard silencer.
Ergo heated seat I’ve never had a heated seat before and while we’re currently basking in a pretty decent British summertime it seems pretty unnecessary. But the Ergo seat isn’t just about being heated, it is a different shape and thickness designed to improve comfort.the downside is that it adds 20mm to the overall seat height, which is something I’ll get used to, but at 5ft 10in, I could probably do without.
Heated grips Like the seat, the thought of having to use heated grips seems a long way away, but I beg to differ. I may be getting old but I’ve already used the heated grips on the lowest setting just to take out the chill of an early morning ride. It means I can embark on any ride with summer gloves, safe in the knowledge that I can activate the grips at any time and have toasty mits!