If the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is too much beast for you ADVness, then might we suggest the milder 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R for your overlanding needs?
With KTM retiring the 1190 Adventure line, in favor of a dual-pronged attack with the 1090 and 1290 models, it makes sense then to see that the KTM 1090 Adventure will get an “R” badge for next year.
Typical for the Austrian brand, the KTM 1090 Adventure R makes its “R” distinction by being more off-road capable. That means 21″/18″ tubeless wire-spoke wheels, shod with Continental TKC 80 tires, along with other dirt-focused goodies.
This also means more crash protection, refined WP suspension pieces, including the WP PDS (Progressive Damping System) rear shock.
Visually, the KTM 1090 Adventure R follows the design trend that’s hitting KTM as a whole, with a very “unique” headlamp face coming to market for the 2017 model year. Expect to see this trend carry over into the Duke and Super Duke models as well, by the way.
Rounding out the 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R package are a suite of electronics: Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), combined ABS, different riding modes, and multi-mode traction control.
With peak power at 125hp, and curb weight (sans fuel) of 472 lbs, the KTM 1090 Adventure R is still more bike off-road than many can handle, but the platform has proven itself to be easy to ride, and the 6.1-gallon tank should help you get into plenty of adventure.