2020 KTM 1290 Adventure R / S



The 1301 cc V-twin engine packs one hell of a punch for fully loaded adventure tours. It has truckloads of torque from the bottom up and hardly ever needs hurried downshifts. With 160 hp and 140 Nm of torque on tap, the engine provides more than enough usuable grunt to happily eat up miles of dirt trails in the blink of an eye. A unique mix of the highest quality components combined with a fully developed and reliable engine allows extremely long service intervals of 15,000 km. That’s a lot of adventures.


The chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame is at the center of the bike’s excellent robust chassis. Laser-cut and robot welded with a superb surface finish, it weighs a mere 9.8 kg (21.6 lbs), keeping the total unfueled weight at an impressively low 217 kg (478 lbs). All muscle, no fat.

Ergonomics & Comfort

With two handlebar clamping positions: 10 mm forwards or backwards from stock; plus five reach settings of the hand levers, the rider has more freedom to set the bike up for greater control, and uncompromised comfort, which means a more satisfying adventure ride.


Form and function are integrated beautifully into the 1290 S’s design. The headlight for example has a central aluminum section holding the LEDs, which keeps the unit cool. Two more LED strips – acting as daytime running lights – surround it. Another set of LED cornering lights round things off at the bottom. They use the lean angle sensor of the MSC system to adjust their intensity in real-time. Unlit corners? A thing of the past. With a KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S, the direction is clear.

Software & Electronics

The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE gives riders all the necessary and desirable information on a state-of-the-art, clearly arranged 6.5-inch TFT display. Even in direct sunlight, vital data is displayed clearly and crisply thanks to its bonded, anti-glare surface made of a strong sheet of glass. In addition to obvious data (speed, revs, fuel level etc), the computer can show different ride modes, ambient air and oil temperature, onboard voltage, trip info, average speed, fuel consumption stats, plus range and distance to next service.

Technical Details

  • TRANSMISSION 6-speed
  • COOLING Liquid cooled
  • POWER IN KW 118 kW
  • STARTER Electric starter
  • STROKE 71 mm
  • ABS Bosch 9ME combined ABS (incl. offroad mode, disengageable)
  • CHAIN X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
  • FRAME DESIGN Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular space frame, powder-coated