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.
This all-new, purposeful-looking machine packs a 150-horsepower edition of KTM’s compact, lightweight 75-degree V-Twin. Styling is less edgy than previous KTM maxi-enduro models, especially from the front, and the LED headlight adds a touch of high-tech that goes with the times. A protective fairing should ensure good comfort for the rider when cruising at high speeds.
Measuring 105.0 x 69.0mm, the big Twin has a compression ratio of 12.5:1, breathes through 52mm Keihin throttle bodies and revs to 9500 rpm. With 92.2 foot-pounds of peak torque coming at 7500 rpm, there is a spread of 2000 revs separating the two peak values—a sign of excellent flexibility and ridability.
In standard trim, the Adventure has a 61.4-inch wheelbase; the R version, with its longer-travel suspension, spans 62.2 in. The frame follows the KTM steel-tubing trellis structural design and appears very sturdy. 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 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.