The KTM 1290 Super Adventure comes in two flavors in 2017, with an off-road R version announced alongside a more on-road friendly T designation. These bikes are at the top of KTM’s Travel Enduro line, which welcomed the first 1290 Super Adventure for the 2015 model year.
Similarities abound between the two machines, starting at the heart with the 1301cc, 75-degree DOHC V-Twin. Both share the same chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame, Brembo braking set-up front and rear, PASC slipper clutch and Keihin Engine Management System with Ride-by-Wire and cruise control.
There are a handful of notable differences however. Both machines come with WP suspension components, but the Adventure R rolls on a 48mm inverted, fully adjustable fork while the Adventure T gets an inverted, 48mm WP semi-active fork. The T has semi-active suspension in the rear as well while the R does not, equipped with a more standard form, fully adjustable, WP monoshock.
Wheel and tire sizes don’t match up either. The Adventure R is prepped for more aggressive off-roading with its 21-inch front and 18-inch tubeless wheels fit with Continental TKC 80 tires. The Adventure T rolls on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tubeless wheels and more road-friendly Continental ContiTrailAttack 2 tires. The differing set-ups leaves the R with 9.8 inches of ground clearance while the T provides 8.6-inches clearance.
There are more similarities when we turn to electronics and rider aids. Both bikes come with the Motorcycle Stability Control package, multi-mode combined ABS and four-mode traction control. Each has off-road settings within the ABS, traction control and ride mode systems also. The T version comes with Hill Hold Control and Motor Slip Regulation standard while the R model offers these elements, along with a QuickShifter + system and Bluetooth compatibility, in an optional Travel Pack upgrade.
Fuel capacity is incongruent as well, with the R holding 6.1 gallons and the T carrying eight. Panniers are standard on the T while the R only has integrated mounts. Overall dry weight is listed at 493.8 pounds for the Adventure R and the Adventure T is said to tip the scales without fuel at 504.8 pounds.
Both have cornering light functionality, but the R’s set-up is integrated into a single set-up out front and the T has its cornering lights fit on the left and right side of the fuel tank. The windscreen is also taller on the T version, though both are easily adjustable. The T also features heated grips and seat.
There’s no word yet regarding pricing or availability, and we will update as soon as those figures are provided.