UP-SPECCING THE BIG KTM

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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!

michael.neeves@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

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