Adventure bikes remain a core focal point of KTM’s product portfolio, as once again evidenced by the launch of the latest Adventure generation for model year 2017. But for many years now, KTM’s business success has been tied to street bikes to a similar degree. And the ADVENTURE Travel Enduros play a very special role in this mix. Looking at the latest ADVENTURE generation, launched here at the INTERMOT in Cologne, this trend can be expected to continue in 2017 with some confidence. For model year 2017, KTM is now expanding its ADVENTURE family to three models in the U.S., launching its widest range of ADVENTURE models to date: KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R, KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R and KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE T.

KTM sent Upshift's Simon Cudby to Cologne Germany to check out these new models and this is what was presented.

KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R - The adventure bike for all who refuse to stop just because the tarmac ends, and thus have the highest requirements regarding the cross-country mobility of their Travel Enduro. At 125 hp (92 kW), the new KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R has long stroked, fully adjustable suspension components by WP Suspension, laced wheels in the enduro dimensions of 18 and 21 inches, and a chassis fully supporting unrestrained offroad riding. Roads may end, but the riding fun on the “R” goes on – thanks to multi-mode ABS, traction control and four KTM ride modes. It can be so easy to escape the daily grind.

KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R - For all those tempted by experiences far off the beaten track, KTM has put the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R onto its large, 18 and 21 inch laced wheels. The highest- performing fully offroad capable Travel Enduro on the market at 160 hp (118 kW), it is ready to back up the promise of its breathtaking KISKA design and authentic rally looks at any time. Wherever the tarmac ends, the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R becomes the quickest connection between two places. That is ensured by plenty of suspension travel, a fully adjustable WP Suspension chassis and tubeless enduro tires. At the same time, the most sophisticated electronic assistance package on the market, the Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) with leanangle sensitive ABS and traction control, delivers maximum safety and perfect control in any riding situation. A new 6.5’’ TFT display takes care of optimum rider information, and thanks to the new LED headlights with electronically controlled LED cornering lights, riders will never lack visibility even in the darkest night.

KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S - In the same way the 1190 ADVENTURE re-defined the standards of riding dynamics in 2013 in the Travel Enduro segment, the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is all set to raise the bar once again by quite a bit. It packs a seminal package of riding assistance systems and comprehensive levels of high-tech, from the large TFT display to the LED headlights with electronically controlled LED cornering lights. At 160 hp (118 kW) of maximum power, with a semi-active suspension and the Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) with lean-angle sensitive ABS and traction control, it offers an unrivaled combination of performance and active safety to make it a great ride in every respect. Especially on the road, the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S will introduce its riders to a new dimension of riding experience.

No pricing or U.S. delivery dates were given but we expect this to be available at AIMExpo in a few short weeks.

Chris Glaspell

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