KTM Adventure 2017
Super Adventure R 2017

Newsworthy – Meet the 2017 KTM Adventure models.

Newsworthy is our regular news update. Instead of killing your inboxes with rehashed press releases or junk you don’t need, we’ll pull out a few interesting products, stories and other things we stumbled across from recent times, write our thoughts on them and let you read the info for yourself.

The KTM 1050 Adventure is dead. The KTM 1190 Adventure is dead and the Austrian brand continue to show the ruthless pragmatism that has seen their brand rise tremendously in the last 15 years. At the Intermot show, they announced a reshuffle and several new model versions, in substantial shake-up of their range.


New Models

KTM have ditched the 1050 and the 1190. In their place will now sit the 1090 Adventure and 1090 Adventure R. They’re essentially smaller capacity versions of the 1190 range, with some shiny new graphics and a better sized gap in KTM’s model range. The power drops to 125HP from around 140HP but that shouldn’t make a great deal of difference to the ability of the bike. It’s now on par with the 1200 GS and will apparently have full power in the ‘Off Road’ mode too.

The 1290 has two extra versions, S and R, for more street and more dirt. Clearly the purpose of this is that KTM feel they can sell more of that bike if they create specialised versions and power too them for that. The model updates are not particularly ground breaking. At this point they seem like damn sensible business decisions from the Austrian brand.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the new look.


Full Release.

We are fascinated by the extraordinary, driven by relentless curiosity and always up for a two-wheeled adventure. In the dirt as well as on tarmac. Of course the MX bikes and Enduros remain a focal point of KTM’s product portfolio, but for many years now, KTM’s outstanding and ongoing business success has been tied to street bikes to a similar degree. The ADVENTURE Travel Enduros are our star players in that role. No less than four newly developed true Sportmotorcycles made in Austria storm into the limelight.

KTM CSO Hubert Trunkenpolz: “As KTM in Germany plays a massive role within our success story, we are pleased to announce the new line-up of our 2017 ADVENTURE models at the INTERMOT show. A range which reflects our technical excellence and believe in the purest and honest way of travel endure riding. Increased performance and rideability and numerous newly developed electronic features cleary show, in true KTM spirit – the race will be on again very soon”.

True adventure takes guts, so KTM’s rally experts brought out the big guns and packed 1.301 cc, 140 Nm of torque and 160 hp into the world’s most advanced Travel Enduro chassis. This makes for a mile-munching omnivore, ready to carve its name into any terrain – the tougher, the better. It is our most extreme Adventure ever, full stop. Full throttle.

The KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R stares down anything in its path. Bespoke WP suspension, offroad wheels and a tough yet fuel-efficient engine are ready to rumble. Decades of rally raid victories roar within. As shrewd as it is chiseled, this bike uses the same state-of-the-art technology as the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R. The result? 125 hp (92 kW) that are refined as can be, but rude as you please. Roads may end, but the fun will not. The world is yours – devour it.

Whack the throttle wide open in the middle of a nasty corner. Brake hard while fully leant over. No harm is done – just grin and rocket on. Even when you’re bending the laws of physics, KTM’s combination of 160 hp, 140 Nm of torque and a mere 238 kg is kept in check by the most advanced electronics in the world of motorcycling. All you have to do is focus on the road ahead – and hold on tight. But the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S offers buttery smooth cruising as well, if that’s what you really want…

Those who want to travel far and fast, don’t need a lot. Just the best. So we built the KTM 1090 ADVENTURE to be light on its feet, yet adequately equipped and easier to ride than ever. Easy on your wallet too. Nevertheless, multi-mode traction control and ABS come as standard and the engine is built using the same state-of-the art technology as the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE. Even though this V-twin is a little smaller, it still delivers 125 hp (92 kW). The featherweight chassis and well-balanced suspension team up with prize-winning Metzeler Tourance Next tires to take you wherever you dare, whenever you want. All fun, no bulk – this bike is made to load up on adrenaline instead.

Next to those new vehicle, KTM in Cologne also presents for the first time the ADVENTURE RALLY concept. To inspire riders and guide them into true adventures, a series of dedicated intense riding experience events will be in place alongside the launch campaign. And it’s here to stay. With full focus on this already in North America successfully established rider’s program and its extension to a global level – KTM delivers ADVENTURE on a full scale.

For more on KTM’s new range click here.


Did you like this article? Brake is an independent magazine, producing free content online. We aim to make detailed, honest, quality content. The downside being that it comes at a cost. If you would like to support our reviews and travel stories, you can do so for a little as the cost of a coffee. Thanks for reading!