KTM 1190 Adventure R: Anatomy of an Off-Road Superbike

Discussion in 'Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much HP' started by Burren Rider, May 19, 2013.

  1. vanilla

    vanilla Adventurer

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    It has its own page on the menu as you scroll through so its pretty easy to find. If it doesn't come up, check the plug under the seat ....
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  2. goldfinger

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    Thanks . I will check the plug . I get the feeling the option may need to be activated if it's plugged in under the seat .
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  3. Tancakar

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    You can also put tyre pressure monitors on your favourite menu. It's good to keep an eye on the tyres.if its not activated yet you might need to take her to the dealer to plug in to the computer.
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  4. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    G'Day Ozi,

    I just had the first service done at Dalby Moto and they are working with KTM to find a solution to the light issue. There is no way to permanently leave the ordinary lights on unfortunately. They uploaded a software update and I was hoping that might sort out the on / off thing but it didn't. Seems like something they probably should get right soon as it is a bit daunting when the lights go out. The only solution at the moment is to go to settings and turn the DRL light option to Off every time you start the bike at night. Bit of a pain because you have to be stationery to do so, but definitely a lot safer.
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  5. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    I wasn't all that enthused about the Akrapovic Pipe when I first heard it with the bungs in but yesterday I took one for a spin that had the bungs surgically removed and holy dooley, it sounded awesome. Dunno if it sounded $1,680 AUD awesome though :huh

    From what they told me, taking the baffles out isn't too big a job unless you want the option of re-using them. After riding it uncorked, I don't think that would be an issue for most :wink:
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  6. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    G'Day,

    Fuel economy is a lot better than I anticipated. Having heard some horror stories about 990's with drinking problems I wasn't optimistic but so far I am averaging anywhere between 13 - 17km/l on mixed dirt and tar. 13kpl (30mpg) might not seem like a lot but riding my Arrow mapped Tiger 800 on similar terrain (albeit probably a little slower) was returning around 11kpl. On a long wet bitumen ride home last night, it was averaging close to 18kpl so I think 400km is not out of the question when taking it easy. For me though, I am just happy to see that it will comfortably make 300km+ when ridden in the dirt and that is enough to cover most situations until you start heading west.

    The 700 is a kit being put together by some enterprising Australian's so with a bit of luck you might have the ability build one on the other side of the pond somewhere down the track.
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  7. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    I am a bit fussy with front tyres so I was happy to put a tube in and run a tyre I knew and trusted. The front rim received it's first dint within 500km's so I suspect I will end up running a tube type Excel rim later on.
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  8. Scutty

    Scutty Been here awhile

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    Awesome thread - great photos and information. I am so close to trading my SMT in for an 1190R
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  9. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    Radiator Protection

    Similar to most water cooled adventure bikes, the radiator on the 1190 looks a bit vulnerable. I have used Radguard products on previous bikes and they were quick to manufacture a guard for the KTM so I ordered one. The fit is good and I think it will offer a solid level of protection.

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    You will need to pull the crashbars off the R model to bolt it on and while doing this, I noticed that the brake cables have been rubbing on them already.

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    Figuring that brake cables are an important safety item, I bought a short length of automotive heater hose and ziptied it into place on re-assembly.

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  10. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    SW Motech Sidestand Extension

    It's only a little thing but I am really happy about this addition. No more watching the bike sink into the earth when leaned against the sidestand. It's amazing what a bit of extra surface area does. This one is the same unit that is used on the 990's and it bolted up nicely with good clearance to the swingarm and centrestand. I had another brand on a previous bike and it rattled loose pretty quickly so I cut some rubber and put it between the sidestand and the foot. I figure this might keep some tension on things but that may just be wishful thinking. Either way, I think this is a more robust design and will hold up pretty well.

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  11. Burren Rider

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    G'Day Trev,

    Great to hear you are enjoying the Tiger.

    And yes, some have suggested that my bike purchasing is somewhat impulsive. Luckily my wife has just accepted this as one of my inherent traits and has moved onto the acceptance phase :D
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  12. Burren Rider

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    G'Day Lion,

    My observation so far is that the two bikes do a very similar job in many respects. There are two area's where the 1190 stands out for me though:

    1) Power in Sport mode. Flick the switch to Sport mode and the bike is just insane. I am talking about the kind of mental disturbance that hovers a front wheel above the ground while clearing triple digits (in mph no less) and smokes the rear tyre exiting tar corners. It's the kind of power that leaves your hands shaking after a spirited run and makes you feel like wearing your undies on the outside, super hero style.

    Now, I'll be honest and say that my bike spends most of it's time in off-road mode and much of this wasted on my limited road racing abilities. It is cool to light the wick and watch it explode every now and then though :wink:

    2) Off Road ability: This is the reason I bought the bike. It feels more composed tracking through soft surfaces (although it is still a big bike) and the suspension and ground clearance allow you to carry more speed over broken ground. The difference isn't night and day but it is noticeable and if my sense of self preservation was lower (and my skill level higher), I suspect it could be ridden at some serious velocities through the bush.
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  13. turbobob

    turbobob Been here awhile

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    And there you have it ladies and gentlemen, Area 1 above is enough reason for each and every one of us to forget everything else and go and buy an 1190. Mr Burren Rider, thanks for making me want one even more. Dam you.

    Love the pictures and your story so far. keep it up.
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  14. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    Sorry Bob. I did spare a thought for your plight whilst riding the deco granite tracks on the way to Dalby last week :evil.

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  15. goldfinger

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    Great pics . You mentioned before about the Akropovic muffler being altered any ideas on what's required to do this ?
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  16. Jaimoto

    Jaimoto Spaniard in Chile

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    Not sure if your pics are so awesome that makes the R looks great
    Or if the R is so gorgeous that makes the pics look amazing
    I tend to believe both statements are correct
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  17. agent86pc

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    As a 990 adventure is currently in my stable I read & watch your fantastic review & photo's with great interest. I have only one concern with the R version & that's the seat height as iam vertically challenged at only 5/9" tall. I have test ridden the standard 1190 & found its height fine but I wonder about the taller R ?. Anyway as said before keep this excellent story going one of the best if not the best I've read in a long time, well done.
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  18. Day13

    Day13 Livin' the Dream!

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    If that rainbow shot doesn't make front page, nothing will! :clap
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  19. Tancakar

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    the seat is adjustable in both models you can easily touch the ground.
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  20. agent86pc

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    Ok that's good news, didn't know the seat on the R was adjustable. Sounds like the R will be my next adventure bike.