KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2021 Blue is back

Even more driving dynamics. As with the road-oriented S version, the engineers of the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R concentrated on making driving behavior even easier and more intuitive. The completely new bodywork not only offers more freedom of movement, but also sets the fuel in the 23-liter tank as low as possible to increase maneuverability and lower the center of gravity for better feedback in all situations.

Handling is improved by a control head that has been moved back by 15 mm and the relocation of the front part of the engine, while a slightly longer truss swing arm provides more feedback when accelerating and more stability. Just like the chassis, the rear frame has also been redesigned, and it now holds a sporty, stepped bench with a seat height of 880 mm, in slim dimensions and a practical storage compartment underneath. The windshield, lever, footrests and handlebars are adjustable.

A comprehensive electronics package should continue to support the driver without patronizing him. A new 6-D sensor filters information on the incline, position and behavior of the bike. These data influence the intervention of the fine-tuning motorcycle traction control, the engine drag torque control, the motorcycle stability control and the off-road ABS. Of course, all driver assistance systems can be adapted or switched off for off-road use.

Apart from the standard modes RAIN, STREET, SPORT and OFFROAD, the optional RALLY mode allows the driver to make the throttle response more aggressive and to set one of nine different levels of rear wheel slip. Like the S, the settings are now made using new switches and are read on the 7-inch TFT display, which is connected to a new connectivity unit.

The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is powered from the EURO-5-fit LC8 engine, which is now 1.6 kg lighter and still delivers a maximum of 160 hp at 9,000 rpm and 138 Nm torque at 6,500 rpm (-2 Nm). In order to improve its heat dissipation, two new coolers were installed and the bodywork on the side was adjusted accordingly to dissipate hot air.

Particularly important for digging in the dirt: The redesigned air filter box makes it possible to access the air filter by removing just four screws. The filter itself now consists of vertical instead of horizontal slats, which should help keep dust and sand away from the bottom of the air filter box.

Include other engine updates new pistons, an improved switching mechanism, revised coatings and easier access to the air filter as well as a new exhaust system with two manifolds. All in all, the changes should make the LC8 easier to turn, more reliable and more reliable in every situation. In addition, the engine only needs to be serviced every 15,000 km and consumes just 5.7 l of fuel per 100 km. When testing the Super Adventure S, we needed about 6.1 liters. In cooperation with PANKL, KTM has also optimized the shift mechanism for faster, smoother and more precise shifting processes. These innovations are particularly noticeable in connection with the optional Quickshifter +, which now shifts even faster and more precisely.

Like the S model, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R also benefits of customized optional software packages. While the Rally Pack offers the RALLY driving mode, the MTC slip adjustment and an adjustable throttle response, the even more extensive Tech Pack offers all the features of the Rally Pack as well as the Quickshifter +, the engine drag torque control, Hill Hold Control and the adaptive brake light.


  • Brand new ergonomics for even greater maneuverability
  • Newly designed bench with a lower seat height
  • Revised, adjustable WP XPLOR suspension with long travel
  • Optimized weight distribution with lower fuel tanks
  • State-of-the-art electronics that increase driving pleasure
  • New, intuitive 7-inch TFT display with new combination switches
  • New LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Revised V-2 engine [EURO 5] with improved heat dissipation
  • New adventure tires from Bridgestone


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