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. Morgo

    Morgo 18 till i die

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    Hey Danny,

    Be very keen to hear your thoughts on the 16T, I initially thought I'd not need to go down primarily because of there so much grunt on hand but as I do more klms and become accomustomed to the power I've been thinking I might. I found it was one of the first things necessary on my 950 and it changed the ridability of the bike in almost all areas of bitumen and dirt. I would expect fuel usage to suffer a bit more on the 1190 than on the 950 because this thing has the power to drive the higher gearing and so will not benefit the same amount as the 950 did, it will surely rocket out of corners tho and make the little yellow light flash on a bit more often:lol3

    Cheers Morgo
  2. goldfinger

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    The 1190 feels like a lightweight in comparison to the 1200 GSA even just wheeling the bikes around the KTM feels light .
    I always thought of the BMW as a awesome tool but not exciting I find the KTM puts a grin on my face when you turn the throttle .
    The BMW is most likely I would prefer to be on in snotty weather I think it offers more protection but feel the KTM will improve with a bigger screen .
    I really like the motor on the 1190 and the bike seems to have easy acess to be able to work on the bike if needed .
  3. bigdave-gs

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    This is now my new screen saver. Great pictures Burren ! ! !



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  4. The Dutch Rooster

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    - interesting! I switched my front sprocket two weeks ago (17 > 16T) and it is a big improvement in riding the 990. I understand 990's from 2009 onward have 16T in front. For the 1190(R) I would expect enough bottom power to pull the bike through difficult situations :huh
  5. bigdave-gs

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    Burren Rider, I've heard several 1190 owners complain of excessive heat on the left side of the bike. Have you noticed any heat problems on your leg or on the seat with your bike or are some folks just a little soft when it comes to motorcycle riding? I wonder if there is a heat problem with folks riding in Europe, how it will do here in the heat of Texas?
  6. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    G'Day Morgo,

    Even though the 1190 has plenty of grunt to pull the standard gearing, I like the extra versatility of the 16T for the dirt. It frees up the clutch a bit in slower technical stuff and the other positive (in terms of my licence at least) is that it keeps cruising speeds down a bit. Prior to the change I found myself looking down and seeing 130kph+ an alarming number of times when I felt like I was just poking along on best behaviour.

    Cheers,

    Danny
  7. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    G'Day,

    It does have the power, it's more that you can let the speeds drop down further without feathering the clutch. Handy for rough or tight trails where the speeds are lower.
  8. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    G'Day Dave,

    I have felt the odd bit of heat on the left hand side but it is winter here in Oz so it hasn't been an issue so far. Maybe it will be in summer?

    The 800 Tiger had a reputation for excessive heat (as would most multi's in tight going I imagine) but I never found it an issue wearing decent gear. Actually, the only time I noticed it was in traffic wearing ordinary pants.
  9. paturoa

    paturoa Been here awhile

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    On my R 110 ks indicated is only 100 ks true (GPS measured), so 130 is only 118. Your not such a criminal after all!
  10. Morgo

    Morgo 18 till i die

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    Hey Danny,
    I went ahead and fitted a 16 also, still very easy to get up into licence losing territory but I don't think I can see me going back to the 17. I did notice the remaining fuel range calc dropping a bit but then I'm not real good at conserving fuel anyway and 300-350 is still a useful range for 90% of my riding. Went for a run down the Rocky River Road on Sat :D, bloody fresh in Tenterfield:vardy and like you I've not had any issue with excess heat yet.

    Cheers Morgo
  11. kingoftwins

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    Absolutely amazing pictures. One of a kind as far as we are concerned. Amazing colors and compositions. Well done.
  12. speed_racer

    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    I went and sat on the 1190 adv, but couldn't find a place who had a ADV R in stock or even an ADV as a demo.. If anyone knows of one in Melb, plz let me know..

    Btw, Those pics are f***in awesome! They are 1000x better than the pics from the KTM website.. I hope u dont mind but these are now wallpaper on my work pc :D

    So my question is, how easy does the front come up under power? I missed that on the BMW's, they are too refined/not enough power

    How would you go on single tracks on this? I got a F650/800gs through a fair bit.. so im wondering if the little extra weight on this would be too much of a handful on sloppy mud tracks up/down?
  13. bigdave-gs

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    Burren Rider, how tall are you? You said you used the Pro Taper bars for their extra height. How much taller are they? I'm 6'8" with a 40" inseam. On my current BMW I have 2" risers on the bars and a 2" drop peg kit on the foot pegs with pivot pegs just to make the bike more user friendly for me. Any suggestions for a set up on the 1190 R?
  14. Burren Rider

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    I imagine it would have been a bit fresh at Tenterfield. Bet the run up the Rocky was worth it though :thumb.
  15. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    Thanks. Good to hear you are enjoying them.

    Cheers,

    Danny
  16. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    Breaking a tailbone (doing stupid things in my formative years) has left me a bit gunshy when it comes to wheelie's. The traction control tends to keep things under control most of the time but switch it off and I think you will quickly find the front end elevation you are after :evil.

    As for muddy single track, I don't know that any of the big bikes are ideally suited to it but given the choice, I would readily take the 1190 over an F800GS for the rougher, tighter stuff. The bike just feels more dirt orientated to me, the suspension works better over rough ground, it tracks nicely and the power delivery in off-road mode is very tractable. Unless you are a very talented rider though, a well set up DR650 is still going to make life easier in really snotty stuff though?
  17. Burren Rider

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    G'Day,

    I am only 5'11" so quite a bit lower than you. If I were taller I would simply stick some extra foam in the seat to level up the step and put some high risers on the bars. I think that would open things up nicely for the loftier among us? The peg height is adjustable on the 1190 (and the bar positioning can be moved forward and back) so there is a bit of room to play with. A set of Fastway pegs in the low position works pretty well too.

    Standard Peg (Low Position - with rubber insert)

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    Standard Peg (Low Position - Insert Removed)

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    Fastway Adventure Peg (Low Position)

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  18. PPiA

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    Dealer finally got one on the floor.
    I have a deposit on it. Will pick it up in a couple of weeks.

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  19. lsellers

    lsellers a DSRIDER

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    Can't wait to see it with a high fender.
  20. DRjoe

    DRjoe Long timer

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    Hey Danny do you reckon your bike gets beak envy when there's a Beemer or tiger around?