For a while now, there have been rumours of a new KTM 1290 Super Adventure coming down the pipe, and now those rumours have been unofficially confirmed. The good people at Motorrad magazine published photos of an updated big-bore KTM, and the machine appears ready for production.
You’ll have to head over to Motorrad for photos of the bike, as the spy photo scene is super-sketchy, and we aren’t getting involved. However, the photos running in the Austrian mag are extremely interesting, as they could potentially show the future of big-bore adventure motorcycles for the next few years. The new 1290 Super Adventure definitely has some interesting points. There is a new fuel tank that wraps around the sides of the engine, a somewhat toned-down version of what’s seen on the KTM 790 Adventure series, and that’s probably a decent upgrade for handling. However, it doesn’t exactly get a radical overhaul in styling, chassis or engine departments, at least it doesn’t look that way.
Time for some speculation: Most likely, the new Super Adventure is built somewhat along the lines of the 1290 Super Duke R that KTM released for 2020. It’s probably got more horsepower, and better suspension and frame, but those changes are likely refinements of existing systems, not ground-up re-thinking. Of course, the new engine will be Euro5-legal, and probably will make a few more horsepower (under 175 hp, but likely close–expect a press release that brags up mid-range torque). And, there’s probably a comprehensively updated electronics package, with adaptive cruise control available as an option or possibly standard equipment.
KTM would normally have debuted this bike at the Intermot show in October or the EICMA show in November, but now, with those shows cancelled, who knows? Expect more details in the next few weeks, though, with availability in Europe likely in 2021.