2014 KTM 1190 Adventure—First Ride Rider Magazine

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KTM 1190 RC8

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure–First

A smaller 19-inch front and wider, lower-profile tires to the Adventure’s nimble, confident

Photo Credit: Courtesy of KTM

25, 2013

Roaring out of the fourth uphill corner, one of hundreds in our ascent from sea level to the fields surrounding 12,198-foot Teide, two things dawned on me. One is Tenerife, the largest of the 13 Canary situated off the northwestern coast of is a beautiful but challenging place to The other is that the all-new KTM Adventure is light-years beyond its

After winning the Dakar in 2002 with its LC8 950R, KTM a production version for 2003 the 950 Adventure. With angular, styling and a potent 942cc V-twin, it quickly established as the most off-road-ready of the big-bore tourers. Displacement was increased to for 2006 and, over the of a decade, more than 950/990 Adventures were

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure

with the ADV segment brimming high-tech bikes like the BMW R GS, Ducati Multistrada 1200, Tiger Explorer and Yamaha Ténéré, having a powerful strong chassis and trick doesn’t cut the mustard. Fully electronics—riding modes, traction and ABS—are the name of the game, with pushbutton-adjustable suspension, ergonomics and a high level of The new 1190 Adventure has all of this and thanks to 120,000-plus man-hours of by 180 engineers—the most intensive project in KTM’s history.

than start from KTM adapted the 1,195cc LC8 V-twin its RC8 superbike—an engine that has produced and refined for five adventure touring duty. The cylinder heads have valves and two spark plugs per with separate ignition for each spark plug to optimal combustion.

The retuned makes a claimed 150 horsepower and 92 of torque—… even with the Multistrada 1200 ( Rider . 2013), the reigning horsepower in the class. Even though the is larger and more powerful, economy is said to be 20 percent than that of the 990 Adventure. is sent to the rear wheel a 6-speed transmission with a new clutch and chain final rather than a heavier

The KTM 1190 Adventure has undergone an from-the-ground-up transformation.

As with bikes in this segment, the throttle valves are controlled with sensors, algorithms and replacing the previous model’s cable. And like other KTM claims its system maximizes performance and efficiency.

Joining the club allowed KTM to grace the new with multiple riding Street, Rain and Off-road—which varying levels of engine throttle response and traction (TC). The TC system was developed by as was the new combined anti-lock braking which offers two modes and Off-road). Purists, of course, can off TC and ABS.

Those who just can’t get button pushing can add the new optional damping system (EDS), by WP Suspension. EDS offers four settings (solo, solo luggage, two-up and two-up luggage) and three damping (Comfort, Street and Sport), oddly, not a dedicated off-road Four buttons on the left and an LCD panel to the left of the tach it a breeze to change riding TC, ABS and EDS settings.

The more I ride with fully integrated the more I appreciate their and adaptability.

RC8-derived 1,195cc makes a claimed 150 horsepower and 92 of torque.

No stone was left when redesigning the new Adventure. The trellis frame weighs 21.6 pounds, the cast swingarm has a lattice design for strength and the patented tubeless wheels are now in 19-/17-inch sizes, the less street-friendly 21-inch on the previous model. They’re with special Continental 2 tires that were in conjunction with the Adventure, in front and 170/60-17 rear

Further enhancing user-friendliness, and rear suspension travel has reduced from 8.3 inches to 7.5

Nearly every contact between the bike and rider can be and clutch levers, footpegs, and seat—and quick-release levers the windscreen to be repositioned. High-quality are everywhere, from the standard damper to the LED running lights and signals, from the removable inserts in the cleated footpegs to the luggage rack that’s for the accessory top box. The styling now has curves and fewer sharp broadening the Adventure’s appeal those who recite rally in their sleep.

KTM 1190 RC8

The Adventure’s new reminiscent of the 990 SMT, is more than the rally-racer look of the model.

Two days of climbing up, down and the mountains of Tenerife, on narrow lined with unforgiving rails, concrete blocks and volcanic rock, gave me a feel for the 1190 Adventure’s and capabilities. KTM has made the bike in almost every way—more engine, lighter clutch slicker transmission, better better braking performance and comfortable ergonomics.

The superbike-derived RC8 can be rowdy, with lots of and noise at high revs, but it peacefully at touring speeds. The of cruise control, firm and chain final drive, not to the excellent Brembo brakes radial front calipers and master cylinder, reaffirm “ready to race” philosophy. fuel capacity—6.1 gallons, up 5.2—should give the new Adventure range, and its claimed wet weight is 507 pounds.

The good news is the all-new 1190 Adventure the bar in the extremely competitive open-class touring segment. The bad news is pricing remains a blank in the spec chart until and the bike won’t be in U.S. until October 2013.

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure

Base Price: NA

Engine Liquid-cooled, transverse 75-degree DOHC, 4 valves per cyl.


Transmission: 6-speed, actuated wet slipper clutch

Drive: X-ring chain

KTM 1190 RC8


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