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New Details from Intermot on KTM 1290 Super Adventure

KTM raises the bar on performance, luxury and safety in the ADV liter-class.

Published on 09.30.2014

KTM proudly unveiled their new 1290 Super Adventure today at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, after officially announcing the model in August. New details reveal a long-distance touring motorcycle with a no compromise approach toward safety and comfort.

KTM’s new flagship Adventure Touring model is built on the 1190 Adventure platform with the Super Duke’s 1301cc V-Twin powerplant stuffed inside. The engine has been detuned 20hp for enduro and touring characteristics, but is still able to achieve a category high of 160hp.

The 1290 Super Adventure is optimized for comfort with better wind protection and a windscreen that can be adjusted with a single hand. A semi-active WP suspension system adapts damping rates in real-time to the riding surface and rider, ensuring a smooth ride. Heated seat, grip warmers and electronic cruise control all come standard. A 7.9 gallon (30 Liter) tank should allow riders to continue riding over 300 miles without refueling.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure
The 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure offers a new level of comfort, safety and power.


KTM reports the new 1290 Super Adventure is “the safest motorcycle in the world” and the bike is packed with more sophisticated electronic rider aids than any previous model. Included are KTM’s advanced traction control (MTC) and ABS (MSC) systems, both designed to be lean angle aware with a range of selectable presets.

Newly developed LED cornering headlights and tire pressure monitoring sensors are also standard. An electronic hill hold control (HHC) is available as an option, as well as an engine drag torque control that prevents the rear wheel from losing grip, should the rider chop the throttle or pop the clutch on a downshift.

KTM claims the new 1290 Super Adventure weighs 505 lbs. (229 kg) with all fluids except fuel. That’s an additional 37.5 lbs (17 kg) of heft over the standard KTM 1190 Adventure, but still roughly 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) lighter than the BMW R1200GS Adventure. Suspension travel on the Super Adventure is .4 in. (10 mm) more than the standard 1190 Adventure, although both bikes have the same ground clearance and seat height.

No announcements have been made yet on price, but we can expect a pronounced increase over the standard 1190 Adventure. KTM will keep the existing 1190 Adventure and Adventure R models in the range for 2015.


Design 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
Displacement 1,301 cc
Bore 108 mm
Stroke 71 mm
Starting aid Electric starter
Performance 160 hp (118 kW)
Peak Torque 103.3 ft.-lbs. (140 Nm)
Engine lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 3 rotor pumps
Primary gear ratio 40:76
Secondary gear ratio 17:42
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch PASC™ anti-hopping clutch/ hydraulically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Frame Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Fork WP Semi-active Suspension USD Ø 48 mm
Shock absorber WP Semi-active Suspension PDS Monoshock
Suspension travel front 200 mm
Suspension travel rear 200 mm
Brake system front Twin-disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers
Brake system rear Single-disc brake with two-piston brake caliper; fixed brake disc
Brake discs – diameter front 320 mm
Brake discs – diameter rear 267 mm
Chain 5/8 x 5/16” X‑Ring
Steering head angle 64°
Wheel base 1,560±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 220 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 860/875 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 7.9 Gallons (30 l)
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx. 505 lbs. (229 kg)

Official KTM 1290 Adventure Promo Video

Photo Gallery

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure front view

2015 KTM Super Adventure

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure Engine

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure Engine Case

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure on the coast

KMT Super Adventure Monaco

KTM Super Adventure Monaco

KTM Super Adventure

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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September 30, 2014 5:09 pm

I think it is interesting and looks very nice. People are going to poo-poo the size and the fact that it is listed int he “adventure” category, but I think spec wise it fits the bill nicely. If you want a 690 then go for it, I like the Interstate/wind resistant/ long range/semi off-road bikes and have only ridden BMW’s thus far – I will test ride this bad boy!

September 30, 2014 5:21 pm
Reply to  jrd1993

This will certainly be an interesting bike to keep an eye on! If your adventures include miles by the hundred or thousands, this one might be a great candidate!

December 9, 2014 10:06 am
Reply to  jrd1993

I’m with you jrd, I’ve been on the big GS’s for over 10 years now. I’m thinking about jumping ship to the KTM. After some test riding of the LC GS and V-Twin, I’ll have one or the other in my garage soon (ish). The hardest thing to give up (in my thoughts so far) is the BMW service loaner. That’s been a huge benefit for many years. I’ve debated the chain / driveshaft many times over the years and think the pros & cons are a wash for me.

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December 6, 2014 9:33 am

I put a deposit down on the 1290SA a few weeks ago. I was originally looking at the F800GSA which interestingly weighs the same 229KG but the small bimmer was soleless.

Expecting delivery April 2015… oh it’s going to be a long winter!

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
December 6, 2014 10:06 am
Reply to  L BJGH

Congratulations on the new bike! We checked out the KTM 1290 SA at the Long Beach IMS and it did seem smaller and lighter than expected. However, the BMW F800GS Adventure is a lighter bike. The 230kg weight of the F800GSA is the fully fueled wet weight. The KTM 1290 SA without fuel is 229kg. Fully fueled, the KTM should weigh an additional 50 lbs. (22.7kg). Post some pictures of your new bike on our Facebook page so we can check it out. Hopefully, Winter ends quickly!

Jacek K
Jacek K
August 6, 2018 8:20 am
Reply to  Rob Dabney

compare it to 1090 mate not to 1290 , best to husky 701

March 31, 2015 9:36 pm

BMW officials should be really worried, finally some justice..


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