Some may call the KTM 1190 Adventure an evolution of the species, but I would rather think of it as the Austrian bike maker’s response to BMW’s new R1200GS with an eye toward the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak.
The adventure touring rumor mill just mainlined an eight-ball of meth thanks to some leaked photos of a brand-new pair of KTM motorcycles. The supposed 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure and 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R have lit the fires on what is going to be an exciting model year for the ADV crowd. KTM Austria responded to the breach by tossing a few bones in the form of these photos. We checked with KTM USA and were informed that the bikes shown are 2013 European models. North American versions will be revealed as 2014 models next fall.
KTM has been tight-lipped about the machine but European rags like our friends at MCN have been keeping a keen eye on its development and have gleaned info and photos. The Adventure is a more street-biased machine with 19/17-inch wire-spoke wheels and will come in orange or grey with a black chassis. The Adventure R heads for the dirt with a 21/18 tubeless wire-spoke combo, black/white bodywork, smaller, smoked windscreen and an orange frame and crash bars, similar to the KTM 990 Adventure Dakar model we tested last year.
Steering geometry is a moderate 26 degrees of rake and an off-road-friendly 4.0 in. of trail. The Adventure uses the same tire sizes as the BMW R1200GS—120/70-19 front and 170/60-17 rear—but the R variant can switch to a front 90/90-21 and a rear 150/70-18.
No corners were cut in the braking department, where massive Brembo 320mm front discs and radial-mount calipers are standard equipment. KTM announced a claimed dry weight of 467 pounds. The R version is slightly heavier due to additional engine and tank protection.
The chassis is latticed tubular chromoly steel and it is suspended by WP components. The street version is reportedly electronically adjustable, and the R model has a fully adjustable shock and fork with separate compression and rebound damping. The seat looks to be adjustable with the R model sporting a stitched suede version. Footpegs and handlebars are also multi-position. Both models are shown with handguards though it’s tough to see a standard skidplate from the photos. As is customary with premium AT bikes, the windscreen is adjustable.
We dyno’d that bike during the 2011 Superbike Smackdown and it cranked out 152.41 horsepower and 86.13 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers in an AT platform would be insane – similar mind-melting qualities as the Ducati Multistrada which is also due for a revamp. It’s probably safe to assume that the Adventure version will be tuned differently so that it doesn’t have to be revved over 10,000 rpm all the time, but that boatload of torque is going to be well-suited to the Adventure. The old 990 Adventure revved much lower and only generated roughly 95 horsepower, that’s a 62% increase! It’ll use ride-by-wire throttle tech, have variable engine mapping and looks to feature traction control with multiple settings. Service intervals are recommended at 15,000 kilometers (9320 miles)
The 1190 Adventure looks to be an all-around enhancement of the 990’s qualities, with an eye toward greater on-road comfort without losing the off-road capability (particularly with the R version) the big KTMs have been known for.