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KTM is working on 1290 Super Adventure R & S models

Written by Nizam Shaikh

It no secret that KTM is developing a brand new KTM 1290 Super Adventure for the international market. Now, new reports suggest that KTM’s website went live showcasing the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure for a brief time before it was reverted, revealing some key details of the motorcycle. 

According to a media report, the 2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure will come in two iterations, a sportier ‘S’ model which is expected to be street biased and another off-road specced R version. The street-based model is also expected to come with the latest radar-based adaptive cruise control technology. 

Sources also claim that patent illustrations from November affirm that the KTM 1290 Super Adventure comes with an underslung fuel tank that allows the motorcycle to be agile during trail riding and also carry large amounts of fuel which claim to be around 23 litres. The report also suggests that the 1290 Super Adventure comes with an electronically operated fuel tank cap. 

The 1290 Super Adventure is expected to be powered by an LC8 1301cc V-Twin engine that produces 160 Hp of power and 138 Nm of torque. The engine also comes with two radiators and is said to have and earlier access to the air filter. The engine is also expected to be housed in a new chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame with laser-cut elements. The steering head angle is also expected to be moved back by 0.6 inches, the engine rotated forward by 2-degrees and the swingarm slightly lengthened. The exhaust is also expected to be redesigned to conform to Euro5 emission standards. 

It is also speculated that both the models will come with a single piece saddle with a shorter seat height than the current model. The saddle is also expected to come with more adjustability where the S model’s seat can be adjusted through a range of approximately 1 inch. While the S model gets alloy wheels the off-road spec R model comes with spoke wire rims from Alpina offering tubeless capability. The suspension and brakes are expected to be carried forward from the 2020 model. 

While it is still unclear when the brand plans to launch the motorcycle but judging from the reports the introduction is expected to take place early in 2021.