The all-new KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is here

 The all-new KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is here

The second instalment in the new generation of litre-class KTM ADVENTURE models comes from the all-new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R. 

It comes engineered to cross the wildest and most challenging terrain. This motorcycle can take adventurers anywhere.

Primed and ready to plant its flag anywhere on the planet. The 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R has been designed from the ground up with an extensive list of innovative upgrades.

All-terrain agility

Riding the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R across rough terrain most easily. And intuitively has been a development priority for the completely reworked 2021 edition. 

An all-new bodywork providing excellent ergonomics and allowing to hold the fuel in the tank as low as possible comes designed for better agility. A lower centre of gravity and an even better feeling in all riding conditions.

A sharper cornering sensation comes achieved by moving the steering head back by 15 mm, re-locating the engine’s front section. And introducing a slightly longer new diecast open-lattice swingarm for a greater depth of feeling under acceleration. 

KTM engineers have analyzed and trimmed every centimetre of the new bodywork to provide the right thickness and the optimal rider-bike contact.

The sensation of control and balance comes augmented by the new three-part fuel tank that holds 23 l. And comes positioned lower to assist riding equilibrium.

Like the chassis, the subframe comes reconstructed and with a sporty stepped seat at 880 mm of height with slim dimensions and handy storage underneath.

Further enhancing handling is the reworked 2021 WP suspension configuration. 

The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R streams elements of KTM’s prolificacy offroad. And embraces the best of WP XPLOR technology. 

The fully-adjustable 48 mm front forks with an impressive 220 mm of split damping functions. Quick modification potential with a twist of the respective dials. 

The exact travel measurement graces the WP PDS shock. 

To achieve the system’s competence through tests in the Californian desert-land. And long stretches of varied landscapes across Europe.

Performance-tailored technology

The 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is a vessel for the latest electronics packages. And the collaboration with first-rate pioneers like Bosch. 

A new 6-axis lean angle sensor filters information on the bike’s exact pitch. And position and its behaviour. 

In turn, this affects the degree of Motorcycle Traction Control, Motor Slip Regulation, Motorcycle Stability Control and forces of Offroad ABS. 

To fit the modern all-terrain riding enthusiast’s needs, all rider assists can be tweaked or disengaged.

Alongside the standards RAIN, STREET, SPORT and OFFROAD ride modes. The optional RALLY mode permits riders to set throttle response to aggressive and select one of nine different wheelspin levels. 

The changes to suit any topography are all charted through the all-new. And more use-friendly 7″ TFT dash, which comes hooked to a new Connectivity Unit.

The larger view has quicker and more practical menus. And clearly shows turn-by-turn directions indicated by the KTM MY RIDE app.

Premium-spec components

The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R relies on the new Euro 5-ready LC8 that is now 1.6 kg lighter. And froths out 160 hp at 9,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque 6,500 rpm for the best power-to-weight offering in the segment. 

KTM has combed through the V-Twin powerplant internals to improve heat dissipation. And shave grams in the quest for improved rideability.

With much effort to optimize the airflow through the bike. The 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R features two separate radiators instead of its predecessor’s one-piece unit. 

With cleverly designed air ducts. The amount of hot air streaming towards the rider’s legs comes significantly reduced. And the difference becomes easily noticeable in the slow, tight sections.

Thanks to a reworked airbox, riders can now easily access the air filter by simply removing four screws. 

The filter now features vertical ribs instead of horizontal, which helps direct dust or sand towards the air box’s bottom. Overall, a better design for hardcore adventurers.

Some additional engine updates include lighter engine cases, new pistons, improved shifting, altered coatings. And easier filter access and a re-jigged two-header exhaust unit.

Package

The updated package making the LC8 flighty, more reliable and more dependable for all types of trail. 15,000 km service intervals come achieved with low fuel consumption at 5.7 l / 100 km. 

Together with PANKL, KTM has also reworked the gearbox shifting mechanism for faster, lighter and more responsive actions. Can feel the full force through the optional Quickshifter+, which now has a quicker and even more precise operation.

To cope with the rigours of life away from the beaten track, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is armed with premium level equipment. 

Fresh, Adventure-specific Bridgestone tires come wrapped around ALPINA aluminium spoked wheels. Which can be run tubeless with a reassuring O-ring sealant in the spoke. 

This new generation 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R comes with modern and eye-catching paint and graphic set.

KTM RACE ON tech takes keyless ignition to a new level of autonomy, separate Tire Pressure Monitor system sensors provide detailed customization.

And four-piston radial-mounted Brembo callipers bring the whole show to a fearsome stop or satisfying slide. 

The windshield, the levers, the pegs and the handlebars all are adjustable to enhance rider adaptability further.

As is the case with its S model counterpart, the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R benefits from a remodelled optional software package policy. 

The Rally Pack offering the RALLY riding mode, the MTC slip adjuster and the adjustable throttle response. The all-in-one Tech Pack includes the Quickshifter+, the Motor Slip Regulation.

The Hill Hold Control, the adaptive brake light and all the features of the Rally Pack.

KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R – MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • All-new ergonomics offering extra agility
  • Redesigned seat with a lower height
  • Reworked long-travel, adjustable WP XPLOR suspension
  • Optimized weight distribution with lower-placed fuel tanks
  • Cutting-edge electronics that enhance the ride
  • New, intuitive 7″ TFT display with redesigned handlebar switches
  • New LED headlight with LED daytime light
  • Revised V-Twin engine [EURO 5] with improved heat dissipation
  • New, Adventure-specced tires by Bridgestone

Joachim Sauer – KTM Product Manager: “For KTM, ‘R’ stands for ‘Rally’ and ‘Racing’, so with the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R, we feel in our element.

Adopting all the great benefits of the recently launched S model, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is here to set new all-terrain performance standards.

 We wanted even more rideability with this new offroad powerhouse, and to achieve it, we looked into rider-focused ergonomics and improved suspension performance.

The new bike also offers a big step forward in terms of weight distribution and riding agility. 

Making gains with the overall performance of our LC8, we were also able to give the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R innovative technical features.

If some of the best moments of adventuring come about by discovering the unknown, with this bike, riders could not have a better tool for the job.”

The new generation KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R will be available at KTM dealers internationally starting March 2021. For the North American markets, it will become available in the fall of 2021.

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