2013 KTM Adventure 1190

Discussion in 'Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much HP' started by goodcat8, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Balsta

    Balsta Been here awhile

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    It seems I may finally be forced to ditch my beloved SE. About the RC8, what would it take to get some more force than the 150 hp? Why not put the RC8 unchanged into the new 1290R? To be compared with my SE with the SD 990R motor, soo much more fun to ride than the oem 950, (yes, on gravel too, at high speed) I like the tighter gearing as well. About the 21/18 versus 19/17 rims, I'll buy both on day 1.
  2. srad600

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    Not quite 45, but my '11 990A (6,500 mi) has been getting 42.x (usually 42.3) mpg lately, bone stock motor/exhaust/emissions. This is also a mix of riding, both aggressive and cruising. Since I bought it, the mileage has steadily been going up. So I think 45 may be possible.
  3. zoomdude57

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    Fueling on my 2011 RC8R is as good as any fuel injected bike I have owned and fuel economy surprisingly good. I think KTM finally figuring this out and hopefully these lessons make it to the adventure bikes.
  4. syzygy9

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    After having just completes a 5,000 km ride across the Australian outback of which 4,000 kms was on dirt and some of it pretty gnarly, the last thing I'd want is more weight. What happened to a 180kg, 600-800cc 70-80 bhp adv bike with good dirt credentials?

    Frankly, after having dropped, unloaded, picked up, moved to hard ground, reloaded my 200kg 990 Adv for the 3rd time in 20 kms (each one taking 30mins to get back going) the thought of adding more power (not needed) and more weight (definitely not needed) is an anathema to any serious Adv travelling.

    As an aside, fuel consumption averaged over 5,000 kms (fully loaded), a mix of high speed tar, high and low speed dirt, was 42.3 US mpg (5.9l/100km) giving a 650+ km range with a Safari tank.
  5. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    Place your 990 on good scales and if it comes up less than 230 report back :lol3
  6. Terence FFM

    Terence FFM prof. cat-herder

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    My thoughts exactly. There is a DIN norm (don't know the number off hand, but trust me, there is a norm in Germany for EVERYTHING) regarding maufacturer claimed weights. It stipulates that all fluids must be on board which are required for operation (unlike the Japanese you used to like to weigh their bikes sans cooling water, brake fluid, or acid in the battery) plus 90% of the maximum fuel load. According to this, the ABS KTM Adventures came in at 231kg without crash bars or luggage racks which can easily add another 10 kg.

    So to agree with Mousitsas, unless your KTM has undergone some serious dieting, your 200 kg estimate is a little conservative. The 950 SE weighed in at right around 200 kg, (wet, of course) if I recall correctly.

    On another note, not mentioned so far is a final quote from the Motorrad article (I have to paraphrase since I don't have it with me here):

    KTM: Our goal was to be number one off-road among the enduros (euro speak for adventure bike).
    Tester: In my opinion, you have just built the best two cylinder enduro period.

    The tester raved earlier how the dual spark heads, additional rotating weight, new mapping plus whatever other mods KTM has undertaken have completely transformed the engine. Lots of low end grunt, great mid-range and a top end rush that only the Multistrada can complete with were the raves. The added weight seemed to add a great deal of smoothness at low rpm without detracting from the quick revving character the KTMs are known for. Only complaint was a bit of roughness about 7000 rpm but that equates to 180km/h so not an issue in the real (non-Autobahn) world.

    Also praised were the new off-road ABS (insert flame here). The system from Bosch allows for a high rate of slippage on the front before it kicks in, and the rear is completely free to be locked up. From the brief article, it really sounds like KTM made a lot of very intelligent design choices and/or compromises.
  7. crazybrit

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    I thought KTM published weights were always semi-dry. That's including coolant, oil, battery but no gas. My experience has always been that adding gas to a KTM and weighing it gets you pretty close to the published weight plus the weight of the gas.

    The semi-dry weight of the 2012 990R is 207kg. So looks like the bike has gained 6 kilos, give or take.

    The Japanese published weights are always dry, no coolant, no oil, no battery, even then they don't usually match reality. I've read that sometimes the bike is missing tubes/tires also.
  8. Jaimoto

    Jaimoto Spaniard in Chile

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    The two or three test/reviews I've read about the 990 showed 210-212-214 kg with all fluids and no gas so yes, KTM figures seems pretty accurate.


    Yep, they even remove the bike's soul.
  9. Florida Lime

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    Have you looked lately ?

    Example: http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/products/modelspecs/651/0/specs.aspx
    Yamaha Super Tenere:
    Wet Weight***
    575 lb
    ***All standard equipment and all fluids, including full tank of fuel, not including options or accessories.
  10. syzygy9

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    I have knocked off bout 5kgs of the back-end by replacing the stocks cans with Wings cans - but probably put those kgs back on with a light saddlebag pannier rack and rear plate.

    My own experience on some pretty gnarly roads is that the current 990 Adv is probably a bit too heavy and overpowered for dirt road riding. On tar you can use the power and the weight comes in handy, but if that's what your doing there are 1000's of road orientated bikes that will do the job much better.

    IMHO, KTM might be better off building their great for the road but useless off the road 1290 Adv bike but supplement that with dirt capable 600cc, 160kg single and a 700cc, 180kg twin for 'proper' adventure riding.

    Frankly, the current 990 is right on the limit of anything I'd like to take off road and a pig in sand - after the 3rd pick-up in 20 kms, regardless of how good the suspension is, the 200 kgs and 110+ hp starts to wear very thin (and lower the gearing for chrissake! - the way to high for anything remotely tough off road).
  11. syzygy9

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    Absolutely agree on the weight, 200kg was not meant to be an exact measure - the 990 Adv simply weighs too much regardless of what the exact measure actually is and has too much power for gnarly 'off-road'/dirt track riding.

    I have found that the rear brake ABS (on a 2011 Adv) kicks in very early and has left me wanting at times (read - oh shit! how do I stop) on some pretty gnarly tracks while I haven't actually felt the front ABS kick in yet and have used them in anger at times (read - oh shit no rear brake, grab a handful of front, drop a gear and hope for the best!).
  12. crazybrit

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    I stand corrected. Thanks for the correction. This said, at 575 pounds I wonder how long this new trend will continue :D
  13. Pete156

    Pete156 I love to eat!

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    +1

    I'll keep the 8 year old 950 in my garage. You ride the whale!
  14. syzygy9

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    The 950 was significantly lighter than the current 990? you sure about that . . . I have the 'weight' of a 950 at 198kg.

    http://www.moto-specs.com/ktm-950-adventure/
  15. mousitsas

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    198 is not an actual fully fueled weight. This is more like an SE. I have never seen actual measurements of 950/990 under 230 kgs. According to the posted weight for the 1190, it is 230 fully fueled with 24 lts of gas, which if true, makes it lighter than the 990.
  16. randel

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    BTW, KTM already has 690cc, 140kg dirt capable single called 690 Enduro R...:wink:
    But 160-170kg 700-800cc twin would be perfect adventure bike indeed...

    Rotax has developed 600cc (120hp) and 800cc (160hp) DI 2stroke engines for snowmobiles, why not something similar from KTM?
  17. Deviant666

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    Amen, Mr.Mousitsas,amen!
  18. Dotbond

    Dotbond Africa, Africa

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    Was speaking to my dealer a couple of weeks ago and KTM are working on a smaller version Adventure. Around the 700 - 800cc range. No specific details though, give it another 12 months.
  19. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    will have to be a KTM purebred not a BMW clone to get me to part with my 690 for one.....but if they can deliver the mythical next generation 640A replacment then that would be compelling :eek1, we will just have to wait and see! :ear
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    Because our masters say you can’t use larger CC DI 2 smokers on the roads.....