Feeling the age of the KTM 990 Adventure & KTM 990 Adventure R, the Austrians debuted at Intermot this week their new adventure-touring machines, the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure & 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R. Using a revised version of the KTM 1190 RC8 R’s v-twin motor, both bikes feature 148 hp, and clocks in around 230 kg (507 lbs) fully tanked and ready to go ride.
Debuting along side the new water-cooled 2013 BMW R1200GS, KTM has its work cutout for it in the adventure-touring segment, though with Suzuki debuting the concept for its 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000, now is certainly a good time to be in the market for an ADV bike. Feeling that notion, KTM has released the pricing on its Adventure bikes, and we like what we see from the Austrians.
Priced at €13,990, the KTM 1190 Adventure base model is the Austrian company’s bargain basement ADV ride, and will come with both ABS (with an “off-road” mode) and traction control, but it will be produced in limited numbers. Featuring a 19″ front wheel and 17″ rear wheel, the KTM 1190 Adventure is the brand’s more on-road oriented adventure-tourer, and for €14,870 KTM will load the KTM 1190 Adventure with its electronically controlled WP suspension (EDS) and tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), along with a center stand.
The KTM 1190 Adventure R is the brand’s more off-road capable bike, and accordingly features a 21″ front wheel, which is mated to an 18″ rear wheel. It too has ABS brakes and traction control, but does not come with KTM’s electronically controlled suspension system. It does have TPMS and a center stand though. Pricing for the KTM 1190 Adventure R is set at €14,970.
So what does the European pricing tell us about the cost of these bikes in North America? Well if KTM continues with its current pricing scheme, we can expect to see an almost 1:1 conversion rate from euros to dollars (e.g. the KTM 990 Supermoto T costs €13,295 in the EU, while it is priced at $13,999).
This means that the loaded KTM 1190 Adventure & KTM 1190 Adventure R will hit dealers with a price tag in the $15,500 range, making both bikes very competitive in this market segment, assuming both are brought to North America. It will be interesting to see how BMW Motorrad prices the all-new 2013 BMW R1200GS against KTM’s potent offerings.