The new KTM 1290 Super Adventure has been spotted testing once again. The mammoth of a motorcycle will come with several new features including radar-based electronics.
The 1290 Super Adventure has never been a head-turner. It would definitely attract eyeballs because of its sheer size and intimidating appearance, but its looks wouldn’t gather many thumbs-up, and that’s alright as it isn’t designed to walk on a ramp, rather crush it with ease.
The new KTM 1290 Super Adventure will feature a grasshopper-like front end thanks to the humongous and weird headlamp. However, what’s interesting about the design is that it houses the new radar-based system created by Bosch which has allowed the Austrian brand to incorporate adaptive cruise control in the ADV. It’s being said that the new 1290 Super Adventure will be able to accelerate and decelerate in traffic all by itself using the radar-based system.
To make the new 1290 Super Adventure an even more serious off-road motorcycle, KTM has added a low-set split-type fuel tank similar to what we’ve seen in the company’s Dakar rally bikes. This not only frees up a lot of space at the front but also brings the centre of gravity of the motorcycle closer to the ground resulting in improved handling and performance.
Some of the other expected features of the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure include:
- Fully-digital and fully-colour instrument cluster
- New swingarm
- New aluminium subframe
As for the engine, the new 1290 Super Adventure will use the 1301cc powerhouse from the KTM Super Duke R, however, it would be re-tuned to suit the ADV’s character. Also, the mill will comply with the more stringent Euro 5 emission standards. It is likely to produce around 160 horses. The launch of the motorcycle is expected to happen next year provided everything goes as per schedule.