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ADV BikesSpy Photos Reveal New KTM 1190 Adventure

Spy Photos Reveal New KTM 1190 Adventure

KTM's big-bore adventure bike line receives key model updates for 2017.

Published on 08.31.2016

New KTM 1190 Adventure - Redesigned for 2017

A model refresh seems to be underway for the nearly four-year-old KTM 1190 Adventure. KTM appears to be updating its entire big-bore Adventure line for 2017. Recently released spy photos reveal significant styling changes that give the 2017’s a distinctive new appearance. Photos show updates to a new KTM 1190 Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure R and what appears to be the KTM 1050 Adventure.

The most noticeable change shown in photos of the new KTM 1190 Adventure is the headlight design. Two slim vertical lights are split by a thin rail opening in the middle. It’s not yet known if this is for aesthetic reasons or if the split headlight design has a function. Potentially, the opening could be used as an air intake for the engine or for cooling of LED headlight bulbs. The new headlight design also incorporates LED running light strips that run from top-to-bottom along the sides. Additionally, the new KTM 1190 Adventure gets an updated windscreen and side panels with more aggressive intakes and venting.


New KTM 1190 Adventure R - Redesigned for 2017

A spy photo of the new KTM 1190 Adventure R shows the same new headlight design treatment as the standard KTM 1190 Adventure. Side panels also receive new side venting but with a different design than the standard 1190 Adventure. Photos of the new KTM 1190 Adventure R also show a new stubby windshield design that gives it an even more off-road edge. The tank, seat, chassis and exhaust all appear to be unchanged on both KTM 1190 Adventure models.

New KTM 1050 Adventure - Redesigned for 2017

Another spy photo of a KTM adventure model running on cast wheels is most likely the new 1050 Adventure, despite showing 1190 badges on the tail piece. It appears KTM fit the standard 1190 Adventure’s split-seat design on the 1050 Adventure, to replace the flat one-piece design. The 1050 also gets the same redesigned headlight and side panels as the new KTM 1190 Adventure. There is also a possibility that this spy photo reveals a new road focused 1190 Adventure with cast wheels and a more sporty suspension, but only time will tell.

Beyond what can be seen in the photos, KTM’s big-bore adventure models will also be updated with some internal changes. The upcoming Euro4 emissions and noise standards go into effect January 1, 2017 and will apply to all new bikes sold next year in Europe. Hopefully, the performance of KTM’s big-bore adventure bikes will not be affected by the new regulations.

Missing from the spy photos is the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure, but the model is expected to get some of the same 2017 design updates to maintain the KTM family resemblance. It is expected that KTM will show off its updated big-bore adventure line on at the Intermot show in Cologne this October, and hopefully their all-new KTM 800 Adventure model spied earlier this month.

For more information on the spy photos, visit the Website.

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 Mexico, Africa, Europe, 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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August 31, 2016 1:10 pm

Good god! Looks like Honda beat Ktm in the looks department. This is coming from a guy that bleeds orange.

Joey Brooks
Joey Brooks
September 22, 2016 7:12 pm

Totally agree Dirtstar. That headlight is horrible.

September 29, 2016 8:52 pm

Looks like ktm is a bug with that dual split light. I’m just glad I purchased mine before ktm decided to make it ugly! I can see this affecting sales for sure! Run out and get your 2016 model before they are all gone!

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
September 29, 2016 9:02 pm
Reply to  Jason

It is interesting though how these new designs often look distasteful at first, then a year later they finally start to look good. We’ll have to wait and see! 🙂


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