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ADV NewsKTM Announces 1290 Super Adventure R Specs and Pricing For 2023

KTM Announces 1290 Super Adventure R Specs and Pricing For 2023

The flagship adventurer returns with minor updates for the new year.

Published on 12.21.2022

KTM has unleashed the new 1290 Adventure R for 2023 to join the more street-oriented ‘S’ variant in the manufacturer’s flagship ADV range. Unlike the extensive changes seen in the reworked 2021 model, the freshly announced updates are minor yet they will still be appreciated by fans of the tech-packed big enduro.

For 2023, the new scratch-resistant and more user-friendly 7” TFT gives access to updated navigation features. Specifically, an enhanced Turn-by-Turn+ guidance and the ability to set waypoints and diversions are now all possible through the handlebar switch dial and through the TFT. No need to prop the bike and fish around for the phone that engages the KTMConnect APP; everything – including phone call answering and logging top ten ‘favorites’ – can all be done with a dab of a finger. The 1290 also features an advanced BOSCH 6D lean angle sensor that informs much of the bike’s behavior and myriad of settings through Motorcycle Traction Control, Motorcycle Stability Control, various RIDE MODES, ABS, and more. 

Another addition for the new model year is the Bridgestone AX41 tires, which will now come stock. Contributing to the bike’s off-road readiness is the 48 mm WP XPLOR suspension, featuring split cartridge forks and the modifiable rear shock with 8.7 inches (220 mm) of travel. Plus, the suspension funnels the maximum level of feedback through the ALPINA aluminum 21”/18” spoked wheels; with an improved sealing system appropriate for tubeless tires. 


The flagship adventurer relies on the new Euro 5-ready LC8 engine that was slimmed by 1.6 kg for the last iteration and pumps out 160 horsepower and 101.8 ft-lbs of torque. Moreover, the powerplant is fueled by a 23-liter three-piece tank and features an improvement in dispersing heat out and away from the rider. According to KTM, recommended maintenance entails 15,000 km service intervals.

2023 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R Highlights

  • New sporting white color and graphic scheme
  • New Turn-by-Turn+ guidance and more travel navigation options
  • LC8 V-twin engine with 160 hp and 101.8 ft-lbs of torque 
  • Light ChroMo stainless steel chassis weighing just 10 kg, designed for cornering stability and more feeling under acceleration but based on long-travel Enduro sensibilities
  • WP XPLOR suspension
  • Adjustable and customizable ABS settings and RIDE MODES
  • RACE ON remote key system, illuminated switches, 7” TFT dashboard, adjustable windshield, LED lights and simplistic but advanced dashboard interactivity
  • Robust spoked 21”/18” aluminum wheels booted with Bridgestone AX41 tires stock

The whole package is completed with a new white colorway and graphic scheme that KTM says is a nod to their Dakar and Enduro race-bred lineage. A wide selection of Powerparts is also available for the bike which includes crash bars, luggage options, 11 different seats and more. 

The 2023 1290 Super Adventure R is expected to hit dealers this December with an MSRP starting at $20,299. For more information visit

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R Specs

ENGINE TYPE:2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75° LC8
POWER:160 hp (118 kW) @ 9,000 rpm
TORQUE:101.8 ft-lbs (138 Nm) @ 6,500 rpm
COOLING:Liquid cooled
STARTER:Electric starter
BORE X STROKE:108  X 71 mm
CLUTCH:PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
CO2 EMISSIONS:134 g/km
EMS:Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
FUEL CONSUMPTION:5.7 l/100 km (41.3 mpg)
LUBRICATION:Forced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps
TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.):23 l (6.1 US Gallons)
ABS:Bosch 10.3ME Combined-ABS (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode)
CHAIN:525 X-Ring
DRY WEIGHT:221 kg (487.2 lbs)
FRAME DESIGN:Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
GROUND CLEARANCE:242 mm (9.5 in.)
Wheelbase:1578 mm (62.1 in.)
SEAT HEIGHT:880 mm (34.6 in.)
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT):220 mm (8.7 in.)
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR):220 mm (8.7 in.)

Photos by Philip Platzer

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Ron Doogalo
Ron Doogalo
September 18, 2023 7:48 pm

It’s like a dirt bike on steroids!


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