It invigorates the Adventure motorcycle segment with the release of its over-1000cc ADVENTURE models for the past eight years.

KTM has taken full advantage of the development feedback to introduce a new era rider-focused design. And groundbreaking technology with the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S.

Introducing the third generation of over-1000cc KTM ADVENTURE models, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is the sportiest.


And most technologically advanced Adventure bike to ever roll its wheels off the production line in Mattighofen, Austria.

Forged to provide the benefits of a versatile sports-tourer with diligence paid to ergonomics. And comfort over any terrain, in brief, it’s the ultimate high-performance Adventure bike.

Redesigned ergonomics

Focusing on keener handling, the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S introduces a chassis overhaul that further enhances weight distribution and riding agility.

A sharper cornering sensation is achieved by moving the steering head back by 15 mm and re-locating the engine’s front section.

Additionally, the longer open-lattice swingarm contributes to a more stable feeling under acceleration.

The subframe comes crafted to provide a lower seat height without sacrificing durability or practicality.

Surrounding the rider is a new 23-litre, keyless-cap fuel tank and a set of bodywork augment the bike’s agile feeling. Every centimetre of the panelling comes analysed in order not to impede the riding sensation. 

The new seat is two-tiered and adjustable by 20 mm. Also customisable are the handlebar levers. The all-new TFT and the windshield developed through wind tunnel testing and can be moved by 55 mm.

Overall, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S excels for its lower centralisation of masses and delicate weight balance. It begs to be ridden hard or caressed to speed over long distances.

Technology to boost performance

Regulating the ride is the new generation of electronic aids with a less intrusive level of traction control. In RAIN, STREET, SPORT, OFFROAD and an updated (optional) RALLY mode.

To take you to the best riding terrain with less fuss, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S introduces. An innovative Adaptive Cruise Control system as standard for 2021.

Developed in collaboration with Bosch, the radar-based system automatically adjusts the safe distance to traffic ahead according. To five stages set with the redesigned handlebar switches.

The riding experience further boosted with the brand new 7″ TFT display hooked to a new Connectivity Unit for seamless smartphone pairing.

The larger dashboard view has quicker and more practical menu systems and clear aesthetic infographics to indicate various bike sections.

The dash sits on top of a redesigned storage department with a USB charging socket. The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S comes with all-new switches. Both sides of the handlebar communicate with the new display, which offers a unique and seamless user experience.

A new set of quick select and favourites buttons will allow for set-up changes on the fly and while the rider stays focused on the roads ahead.

Advanced componentry

The heart of the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is the revised and Euro5 compliant V-twin. The eye-widening 160 hp. And 138 Nm come in a lighter form (-1.6 kg) thanks to thinner engine cases and a new oil circuit.

The engine breathes through an upgraded two-headed exhaust. And shifts with a revised PANKL gear mechanism brings significant improvements in the optional Quickshifter+.

New pistons have further raised reliability, and the whole unit retains better cooling thanks to a freshwater/oil system.

The two new radiators work with the redesigned bodywork to channel warm air away from the rider’s legs. 15,000 km service intervals and low fuel consumption round-off the re-energized powerplant.

Furthermore, the lean angle-dependent Motorcycle Traction Control has two different controllers—wheel slip and another for pitch angle, with their data and strategies.

The Cornering ABS and Offroad ABS systems are products of the new Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control, while Motor Slip Regulation is optional.

The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S will hurtle along bumpy trails courtesy of a new generation of WP APEX Semi-Active Technology, suspension.

The SAT boasts augmented damping thanks to new valves while the 6D lean angle sensor inputs directly. Into the unit for a thorough outline of rider behaviour.

Part of the updated range of KTM PowerParts designed explicitly for the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S. Is the Suspension Pro package offers individual damping for the fork.

And the shock, automatic preload adjustment and an on/off Anti Dive setting. With the additional Rally Pack featuring the RALLY riding mode and the respective MTC slip adjuster.

All of the Suspension Pro and Rally Pack features together with the Quickshifter+. The Motor Slip Regulation. The Hill Hold Control and the adaptive brake light included in the all-in-one Tech Pack.


  • New ergonomics -> new fuel tank, lower seat & new plastics
  • Reworked bodywork -> shorter chassis, new subframe & longer swingarm
  • Optimized weight distribution -> added agility & comfort
  • New generation electronics -> innovative ACC & reworked cornering MTC
  • More intuitive 7” TFT display -> optimal accessibility
  • Redesigned handlebar switches, improved CCU.
  • Revised 1301cc LC8 engine -> 160 hp & 138 Nm
  • Next-generation of Semi-Active Suspension
  • Remodelled optional technology -> Suspension Pro, Rally Pack & Tech Pack

Joachim Sauer – KTM Product Manager: “The 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is a sporty bike designed to offer unparalleled riding fun in any terrain. 

With this model, KTM enters its third generation of big Travel-Enduro bikes for street and gravel adventurers.

Collecting feedback from the market, we focused on enhancing rider feeling. And ergonomics while introducing groundbreaking advancements, such as the Adaptive Cruise Control, the KTM way. 

To appreciate the magic of our ACC, you need to consider the ideal roads to experience. The thrilling performance of the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S may lie hours away. 

With highways in between, ACC will let you breeze through the transit, keeping you ready to strike whenever possible.

The new generation model will carry you as far, long and as hard as you want while maintaining the original KTM DNA strong with its high-performance potential.”

The new generation KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S will be available at KTM dealers internationally (excluding North America) starting March 2021.

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