2013 KTM 1190 Adventure - First Look

Austrian BMW beater?

KTM 1190 Adventure - left 3/4 view

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure - left 3/4 view

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.

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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.

KTM 1190 Adventure - left 3/4 view

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure - left 3/4 view

The KTM 1190 Adventure looks very impressive and is expected to be unstoppable.
KTM 1190 Adventure - front tire/fork close-up

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure - front tire/fork close-up

The 1190 Adventure uses massive 320mm Brembo rotors and radial calipers complete with ABS.
KTM 1190 Adventure - front view

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure - front view

Details of the windscreen and headlights with LED technology.
KTM 1190 Adventure - suspension close-up

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure - suspension close-up

Detail of the rear suspension with pressure die-cast swing arm and link actuated rear shock.
KTM 1190 Adventure R - right side view

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R - right side view

R version with additional engine and side protection.