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KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 Bike Specs Review

The new KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 is another masterpiece of KTM brand. It has got the powerful engine along the stylish chassis. The engine delivers the best acceleration and torque. This bike has world’s most difficult travel Enduro frame. Each and every component of this adventure bike is specially designed for durability and stability. The review of newly launched KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 bike with the specification is written below.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 Bike

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 Bike – Specification

Limitless Power, Bottomless Grunt

The newly launched KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 bike comes with the 1,301 ccs V-Twin engine offering a 160 horsepower and torque of 140 Nm. The 108 Nm torque is available at 2,500 rpm. Due to this much power, this bike has got the name of “The Beast”. The engine features new cylinders with the newly developed cylinder head and the new crankshaft. It also features a twin plug ignition system that controls the two differently sized spark plugs. These spark plugs are positioned in each cylinder head independently for optimised combustion. It results in more power, low fuel consumption and lower emissions. Due to the high-quality components and reliable engine, this bike has extremely long service intervals of 15,000 km. The new and small weight crankshaft helps in smooth responsive of an engine. The spread transmission transfer the power to the clutch basket without any backlash, which eliminates the vibration and reduces the engine noise. The intake sides contain a newly developed resonator chamber specially designed to polish torque output in the lower to mid-range rpm. The handlebar includes switches on the left side and display in the TFT dashboard allows the rider to set and change the requested speed intuitively. This cruise control comes as a standard with the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017. The sixth gear of this bike serves as a great overdrive, and it saves fuel and adds to the cruising comfort. Each cylinder of the engine has state-of-the-art 4-valve cylinder head. They combine with the twin plug ignition, flow-optimized ports and slick low-friction valve train with the cams from each of the cylinder camshaft driving DLC-coated cam followers. The Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) is extremely hard, durable and has well-suited coating used in most of the KTM Bikes. The Ride-By-Wire system guarantees the smooth throttle response. It offers perfect application of torque. It can electronically translate the throttle commands of the rider into the throttle valve positions. This new RBW system is now fully compliant with the new strict DIN 26262 safety standard from the automobile sector. The new slipper clutch assists the torque when he opens the throttle, and it also opens when the engine back-torque becomes too high. It prevents the destabilising rear wheel chatter when braking sharply plus it reduces the lever force required for changing gear. The newly developed pistons from the Formula one technology offers a high loading capacity. These have extremely short and lightweight design. They have three mm more diameter as compared to those of KTM 1190 Adventure plus they weigh 47 grammes lighter. The piston shirts have a new state-of-the-art, Graf finish, which not only reduces friction but it features hard wearing.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 Bike Engine

Ready to Rumble

The newly launched KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 bike comes with the robust and stylish chassis. It contains 21 inches of wire-spoked wheels at the front and has 18 inches at the rear. Both of them has floating 220 mm of fully adjustable WP suspensions. Like the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S 2017, this bike also features an ergonomic design. It features tubular trellis frame, steel crash bars and high-strength, die-cast, open-lattice swingarm. This adventurous bike is an unusual combination of lightweight chassis and powerful engine. This fully equipped bike weighs about 240 kg including the 23 litres of fuel. The overall geometry of the bike is fantastic featuring high-quality suspension components. The new die-cast and open-lattice swingarm are specially redesigned for optimised stability. The new WP steering damper of the motorcycle helps in excellent handling. This bike can be used along with the vast selection of suitable tires. It features a standard Continental Trail Attach second tires with the size of 90/90-21 and 150/70-ZR18. The chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame features an excellent chassis geometry with the good surface finish. It only weights about 9.8 kg while the unfueled chassis weight is about 217 kg. This bike features a BREMBO brake containing the front brake of 320 mm discs with radially mounted 4-piston fixed callipers and a radial master cylinder. The rear has the 267 mm of disc brakes with the Bosch’s two-channel 9ME C-ABS for the emergency. This adventurous bike features a tubeless, wire-spoked 21/18 inches of wheels. The new 48 mm of UPSD fork with extra stiff spring is used in the front while PDS shock absorber is used in the rear. They are fully adjustable and features a suspension travel of 220/220 mm.

Staggering Value

The newly launched KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 bike features 23 liters of a fuel tank with the service intervals of 15,000 km. This new bike contains a quality equipment with the fully adjustable suspension featuring PDS shock absorber, MSC featuring cornering ABS, MTC, C-ABS, LED headlight and LED indications, TPMS, adjustable ergonomics and much more.

Travel Pack

This adventurous bike features quick shifter plus, which allows slick, clutchless up and downshifting under any load. The new optional Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) works in the opposite direction to the MTC. Due to any abrupt throttle opening causes the engine torque too high, the ride-by-wire system opens the throttle exactly as much as it is needed to avoid the rear wheel from drifting. Thanks to MSC, this system is also lean-angle sensitive. The optional Hill Hold Control (HHC) prevents the bike from accidentally rolling backwards. This system automatically applies the brake when the bike is going back down the hill. The rider can also connect his phone via Bluetooth with the motorcycle and can receive incoming calls and use audio player.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 Bike

State-of-the-Art Safety

The all-new KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 bike features one of the best Bosch MSC assistance package, which is one of the world’s first lean-sensitive cornering ABS. This system is based on high-quality 9ME modulator. It combines the efficient pressure modulation with the high-quality pressure modulation with the high-quality BREMBO hardware for the most advanced braking system. Whenever the front brake lever is engaged, the rear brake is simultaneously applied for optimises stability. The new Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) is the lean-sensitive traction control system, which reacts immediately if the rotational speed of its rear wheel is not proportional to the riding situation. The MTC reduces the engine output in milliseconds in an incredibly smooth way. This MTC allows four different levels of traction slip at the rear wheel. “Sport” is for respectable drifts, “Street” offers smooth, controlled riding with full engine power. “Rain” allows maximum grip in wet condition while “Offroad” allows 100 percent slippage. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPRM) check the tire pressure and alarms the rider in case of pressure loss.

Mission Control

The newly launched KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 bike features a dashboard with 6.5 inches of TFT display that shows all the desired information about the motorcycle. The show offers a visible data even in direct sunlight. This screen can automatically adapt to ambient light levels, and its angle is adjustable so that rider do not miss one bit of information. The computer shows a favourite menu with up to eight flexible features. Different riding modes for various conditions can be selected using the menu switch on the left side of the handlebar. There is a waterproof compartment to keep rider phone safe and dry plus it contains a USB socket for charging as well. Rider can receive incoming calls via Bluetooth.

King of all Roads

The newly launched KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 bike comes with the perfect ergonomics having a weight of 240 kg. The chassis has an outstanding geometry and excellent suspension. The seat offers maximum support, feedback and freedom of movement. It provides the maximum of liberty for both rider and passenger. If rider forgets the ignition keys and mechanically locked fuel caps, all he needs is a transponder in his pocket. This bike features a fantastic electronics package of Bosch MSC. This bike features a multifunctional LED headlight. The central aluminium parts hold the LEDs and keep the unit cool. The lean angle sensor of the MSC system adjusts their intensity in real-time. The ergonomics of the bike can be adapted to suit the preference and stature of the rider. It allows two handlebar clamping positions, two footpegs positions. The height of windshield can be changed according to the preference of rider.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 Bike

Excell Offroad

The new Offroad ABS mode allows the rider to block the rear wheel when required. The ABS function remains active on the front wheel unless rider turns it off entirely. The Offroad TC mode provides up to 100 percent slippage. Just turn it on and master controlled drifts with ease. Once the Offroad ride mode is engaged, the ride-by-wire limits the throttle response and peak power.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 Bike – Specs


KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 Bike Specs

Design 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Displacement 1301 cm³
Bore 108 mm
Stroke 71 mm
Power IN KW 118 kW
Starter Electric starter
Lubrication Forced oil lubrication with three oil pumps
Transmission 6-speed
Primary Drive 40:76
Cooling Liquid cooled
Clutch PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
EMS Keihin EMS with RBW and the cruise control, double ignition

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 Bike Specs


Frame Design Chromium-Molybdenum Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Front Suspension WP-USD Ø 48 mm
Rear Suspension WP-PDS Mono-shock
Front Suspension Travel 220 mm
Front Brake 2 x BREMBO four pistons radial fixed calliper, floating, brake discs
Front Brake Disc Diameter 320 mm
Rear Brake BREMBO twin-piston fixed calliper, brake disc
Rear Brake Disc Diameter 267 mm
ABS Bosch 9ME with combined ABS (including cornering ABS and off-road mode, disengage-able)
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16.”
Steering Head Angle 64 °
Wheelbase 1580 ± 15 mm
Ground Clearance 250 mm
Seat Height 890 mm
Tank Capacity 23 l
Dry Weight 217 kg

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2017 Bike Specs

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