This thread compares the 1090R against the 1290R. You might also want to check out the 1090(Non R) vs 1290S thread by @Andy_L -> http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...1290-super-adventure-s.1317226/#post-35109421 I bought a 2017 1090R back in July, and rode it 2800 miles over the summer. I liked it, but in a moment of confusion sold it in December. Feeling immediate seller’s remorse, I figured I’d better replace it with another one while they were on sale, so I did. That bike just had it’s 600mi service. To keep things simple, I’m going to consider both 1090Rs to be one bike and won’t distinguish between them any further. I thought briefly about the 1290R when I bought the second 1090R, but decided at the time to stick with the 1090R. As January and February unfolded and KTM got more aggressive with discounts, I could no longer resist and I picked up the 1290R this past Saturday. My plan is to spend the next month or two comparing them, and then let one of them go to a new home. I’m going to use this thread to chronicle my comparison, with the hope that others trying to make the same decision can benefit. I’m in Portland, OR, ride a lot of pavement, and a lot of gravel with a bit of dirt too. I’m 6’4 280 and have learned I like big bikes. I’m not fast, don’t wheelie, and don’t drop often. I don’t go to the track, don’t go far past the speed limit, and turn around when that’s prudent. Yep, I’m an adv-poser. I’ve discovered, via a long string of purchases and trials, that I really like a bike with 18/21 wheels for my off pavement work. The bike I’ll keep is for one up forest road riding primarily in the Pacific NW. The next two posts will include one with the factual differences between the bikes, and one with my riding impressions. I intend to edit them on an ongoing basis so the tl;dr crowd can get what they need in just three posts. I’ll consider subjective feedback / incorporate factual corrections, and welcome discussion. Before we get any further, let me share my favorite picture of each bike.