What happened to the 1290 Super Adventure T for 2018?

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  1. jafran456

    jafran456 n00b

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    Does anyone know happened to the T model for 2018? KTM only shows the S and R models on their website for 2018. Although similar, the S model has a smaller gas tank and doesn't come with saddlebags. I was looking forward to purchasing a T model in the next 4-6 months. May have to consider picking up a leftover 2017.
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  2. Wynnded

    Wynnded Wait....what?

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    I'm waiting on the TFT screen and the cruise control on the correct side of the handle bars.

    I've read here that it's expected to either get the aforementioned update:clap, or evaporate into nonexistence and be replaced by the S:becca. Waiting on an official word from KTM :dirtdog.
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  3. staudio

    staudio Time to take a ride.....

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    My understanding is the T model discontinued, and in 2018 the 1290 S model is coming to the USA in its place.....Currently the 1290 T is not even listed on KTM website for 2018....
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  4. Barekat

    Barekat Looking to get dirty

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    My dealer confirmed the "T" now stands for TOAST. :lol3

    I have a collector's version now.

    The dealer had received their first SAS and were just about to assemble it.
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  5. ebnelson

    ebnelson Frozen rider

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    I don't know where you are located, but Fun Center in Durango, CO is selling leftover 2016 models for $12,500. They had four before I bought one two weeks ago.
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  6. 3rdgeargrndrr

    3rdgeargrndrr Been here awhile

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    What happened to the 390 adventure? I heard it was coming, then poof.
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  7. StuartV

    StuartV Motorcyclist

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    Get one while you can. I bought mine from a buddy that works for KTM North America. He said he doesn't think they will bring back a SA with a big gas tank any time soon.

    If you don't care about the big tank, then you can buy an '18 R or S and add the KTM saddlebags (if that's what you really want).

    If I could not get a KTM with a big tank, I would have been looking at a BMW GS Adventure. 5 or 6 gallon tanks suck for doing long distance rides (in my opinion, of course).
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  8. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    Soon now.
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  9. Wynnded

    Wynnded Wait....what?

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    Well.....dang-it. So I guess that I'd better start selling some of my junk and saving my pocket change to get one before they're gone. Not how I was hoping to go about it, but want them 8 gallons.
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  10. PowerfulPierre

    PowerfulPierre Been here awhile

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    If the T is dead then it would be useful if they did a big tank option/powerparts upgrade for the S or R so that folks that want to have the range still have a KTM solution.
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  11. StuartV

    StuartV Motorcyclist

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    Definitely. Or if there were a decent aftermarket replacement tank, that would be an option, too. I can see why no aftermarket company would make a replacement tank while the T was available. But, now that it's not, it seems like someone might start to make one. Especially with the existing T tank to use as a model.

    OTOH, if KTM were going to offer a big tank as a PP option, why not just offer a version of the bike that comes with the tank already on the bike...? And so the circle goes....

    My buddy that works for KTM seems to think the T is discontinued because it didn't sell well - because it was priced too high for what it is. Personally, I always thought being $4K or so less than a comparably-equipped GSA (i.e. comes with cruise control, heated grips, seat, and factory side cases) was a good price point. But, I've been a KTM fan for a long time. I guess I can see his point that the people KTM needed to attract are people who weren't already KTM fans. And for them, an MSRP that is 5 figures and starts with a "2" might have just been too high to get a lot of people to take a deeper look. I mean, I guess that most people who are looking for a big adventure bike, and who don't immediately turn away from a $20K+ price tag are people who are just going to go straight to a BMW dealer. If they can afford $20,499, then they can probably afford the loaded GSA price, too. "Most", but obviously not all.

    In retrospect, it does seem like it might have been better to offer the bike for less and also have it where the luggage was simply an extra-cost option. I know I would have rather just been able to buy it for less and without the KTM plastic boxes. Or pay a bit more and have the TouraTech boxes instead.

    Not having a big adventure bike with a big tank will cost KTM some sales, but probably not that many. Some will buy a SAR or SAS instead, as the big tank is more of a "would be nice" than a real personal requirement. The others will buy a GSA. But, how many will that really be? Not THAT many, I reckon.
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  12. NOONE1

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    Planning on looking at left over SAT's soon. 2016 or 2017 models also used ones. Seen them at $16,500 USD but I think they will go for lower. Considering the SAS but I plan to do more touring and liked the bigger tank. I think the similar parts from the other SA models will allow the SAT to have a serviceable life for a while. Just worried about aftermarket support.
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  13. Wynnded

    Wynnded Wait....what?

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    I was initially looking at the SAS as well. Then I read that it (at the time) wasn't slated for the US. Then I began seeing information that KTM submitted it for CARB certification. Then (lol), when I learned that it wouldn't have the 8 gallon capacity, and that spoke wheels are more robust off the pavement, it was (and still is) set in my mind that the SAT needed to be my next ride. I've pretty much decided that I want to travel via the wandering less maintained pavement and forest service roads these days. The R seems overkill and the S seems a little too delicate. I've had enough of BMW, so they're no longer on my radar. And that KTM engine has me under it's spell.
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  15. Wynnded

    Wynnded Wait....what?

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    I saw that as well, and bookmarked the page. I'm not sure that I could make it happen especially soon, so save one for me please! :thumb
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  16. Barekat

    Barekat Looking to get dirty

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    No need for pp options.... Just order the larger tank, crash bars, and bits and pieces to mount on any 1x90 bike. ;). Your local dealer can order the parts for ya.
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    rick danger Off the wagon

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    Been out for a long time.....just need some luggage 20180103_132017.jpg
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  18. StuartV

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    I am definitely curious on what the actual, full cost of that would be - say, to convert a 1290 SAR to have the 8 gallon tank.
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  19. bionicman

    bionicman Been here awhile

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    couldnt be happier with my 8 gal fuel tank & cruise control! no fuel range anxiety makes the ride more enjoyable! when your buddies start having fuel range issues usually is my indicator to top off!
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  20. Dreedr

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    1290 R and a 399$ Camel tank gets you 7.6 gallons. The Camel tank auto transfers the fuel.
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