KTM 1290


Motorcycling is not just about riding from point A to point B, but about the journey and the experiences you have along the way. KTM, a manufacturer known for its cutting-edge motorcycles, has raised the bar once again with the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and R models. This article delves into the advanced features, performance, and ride quality of these two prominent bikes from KTM’s lineup.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

KTM 1290 Adventure S

Established on the pillars of speed, performance, and adventure, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S has earned a solid reputation among riders who seek power and adventure. The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S model adds a fresh sheen of refinement, setting an even higher standard for adventure motorcycles.


Engine and Transmission of KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

Powering the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S is an Adventure-specced 1,301 cc V-Twin engine that makes cross-country journeys seem effortless. The engine, designed with a 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, 75° V configuration, packs a power output of 118 kW. The engine’s forced oil lubrication system utilizes three oil pumps to keep the engine running smoothly, while the Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, along with double ignition, ensure precise and responsive engine control.

The motorcycle’s 6-speed transmission and PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated, make gear shifts smoother and effortless, enhancing the bike’s overall performance.

Chassis of KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

The Super Adventure S boasts a chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated for durability and strength. Its cutting-edge braking system features Bosch 10.3ME Combined-ABS, including Cornering-ABS and offroad mode. The front and rear brake disc diameters are 320 mm and 267 mm, respectively. These components, combined with a 525 X-Ring chain, ensure robust and reliable braking power in diverse riding conditions.

Performance and Ride Quality of KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

Performance is where the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S truly shines. Dispatching entire cross-country journeys is a breeze, thanks to its potent engine, semi-active suspension, and reworked rider-focused ergonomics. Reviewers have praised the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S for its agility and long-distance comfort. Riders have also complimented the bike’s stability, regardless of pavement condition or curve radius.

Additional Features of KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

For 2023, KTM has upgraded the Super Adventure S’s navigation software, making it even easier to roam roads everywhere and anywhere. The KTMConnect App now boasts Turn-by-Turn+ guidance and waypoint markers while on the go. The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S also offers two new color schemes: the iconic KTM orange-and-black trim or the neutral hue of KTM’s Graded Gray aesthetic.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

KTM 1290 Adventure R

While the Super Adventure S is designed for swift and comfortable cross-country journeys, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is crafted for “hardcore offroad adventurers.” The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R model retains its reputation as a premium bike designed to conquer any landscape.

KTM 1290 Adventure R VIDEO

Engine and Transmission of KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R shares the same potent engine and transmission setup as its sibling, the Super Adventure S. This shared setup includes a 1,301cc LC8 V-Twin engine and a 6-speed transmission, a combination that delivers a claimed 160 hp and approximately 102 lb-ft of torque.

Performance and Ride Quality of KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

Built for off-road adventures, the Super Adventure R showcases its prowess on rugged terrains. This model features Motorcycle Traction Control, Motorcycle Stability Control, and various ride modes, making it a versatile choice for adventurers. When tested on Jett Tuning’s dyno, the bike produced 126 hp at 9,100 rpm and 88 lb-ft of torque at 8,000 rpm at the rear wheel in Sport mode.

Additional Features of KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R also boasts enhanced Turn-by-Turn+ guidance and the ability to set waypoints and diversions all through the handlebar switch dial and the 7-inch TFT display. In addition, the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R comes in a new sporting white color and graphic scheme.


In summary, both the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and R prove to be impressive offerings in the adventure motorcycle market. Both models, with their respective enhancements for 2023, solidify KTM’s position as a leading motorcycle manufacturer committed to innovation, performance, and rider experience. Whether you’re a cross-country explorer or a rugged offroad adventurer, KTM offers the right bike to help you conquer your journey.

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