BEST ADVENTURE BIKE: KTM 1290 Super Adventure

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Best Adventure Bike: KTM 1290 Super Adventure

Best Adventure Bike - 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Long-distance, earth-conquering traveler, capable on pavement, dirt, gravel, and mud. Great every day too. Read MoreCycle World

Bigger isn't necessarily better. But when the topic is KTM's 1,301cc V-twin-powered Super ADV, we have to agree with that old catch phrase. In little more than a decade, KTM has evolved its Adventure from the big, blunt, dirt-tool 950 into the do-it-all Earth explorer 1290—the latter of which has some of the most sophisticated electronic rider aids in motorcycling. More impressive, in just a few short years the Austrian company has shed its reputation as a dirt bike company with a few weird streetbikes. It's now a well-balanced manufacturer of all things wickedly fast, fun, and proficient.

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KTM 1290 Super Adventure on-road action
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