KTM 1050 Adventure Outed by…KTM?

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At INTERMOT, we just saw the KTM 1290 Super Adventure — a model that KTM is calling “the safest motorcycle in the world” thanks to the machine’s use of the Bosch MSC “cornering ABS” module, and KTM’s robust traction control system.

Basically a 180hp off-road couch, the 1290 Super Adventure is the pinnacle of KTM’s ADV offerings. But, it seems another Adventure model is coming from zie Austrians.

Spotted by one of our readers on KTM’s website, the Austrian company makes reference to a KTM 1050 Adventure model in its owners manual download page. A KTM 1050 Adventure model has been rumored leading up to the INTERMOT show, so the reference is likely to be more than just a typographical error.

Expected to debut at the EICMA show in November, the 2015 KTM Adventure is likely to be a lower-spec machine, for the budget-minded ADV riders out there. Slotting underneath the KTM 1190 Adventure, the 1050 Adventure will give KTM a wide range of ADV models to appeal to buyers, which would help KTM make a serious bid as the segment leader.

KTM has been treading on BMW’s domain for quite some time now, and has even taken over from the German company as the largest motorcycle manufacturer, by volume, in Europe.

Recently we have seen BMW update its adventure-touring line with its liquid-cooled boxer engine, and at EICMA we expect the Germans to unveil the BMW S1000XR, a sport-focuses tourer that is designed to rival the Multistrada 1200. To make things even more complicated, Ducati will debut an all-new Multistrada at EICMA as well.

All of this leaves a very crowded and sub-segmented realm in the ADV space, which helps just further make the argument for KTM to make so many variants of its Adventure bike series.

Source: Bothan Spies

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