Reader Stu­art Pickup rates his KTM 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture

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There used to be a time when speed-junkies had to give up their adren­a­line thirsty ways when age made knees and wrists too stiff for sport­sters. Not any more – Aus­trian man­u­fac­turer KTM have been at the fore­front of putting men­tal mo­tors in­side comfy chas­sis for the past few years and their 2017 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture S was enough to sat­isfy per­for­mance-lov­ing Stu­art Pickup from Lan­cashire.

“I re­ally loved my ZZR1400 but I was get­ting in­creas­ingly more un­com­fort­able on it so thought it was time for some­thing more up­right. I saw that the KTM 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture was due out around about the same time as I was look­ing to get a new bike so I made the 100mile trip to my near­est deal­er­ship, Col­wyn Bay Mo­tor­cy­cles, to take a test ride. I wasn’t dis­ap­pointed. The 1290 was ev­ery­thing I wanted and I didn’t feel like I was sac­ri­fic­ing per­for­mance, so I put my or­der in and added the Tour­ing Pack, too.” But it’s not been plain sail­ing for Stu­art and his KTM. Be­tween ac­ci­den­tal dam­age and faults, his 13,450 miles haven’t been the smoothest and it’s left him feel­ing a lit­tle blue about his big or­ange bike. “Faults and is­sues are just one of those things but I don’t think KTM’s cus­tomer ser­vice has been par­tic­u­larly good. It’s also not helped that my near­est dealer is so far away, ei­ther. I love the bike, but the prob­lems I’ve had have taken the shine off it.”

‘It’s not helped that my near­est dealer is so far’

He also had the seat re­filled and re­cov­ered

Stu­art’s added some mir­ror ex­ten­ders

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