Details Drop on the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R

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The very German folks at Motorrad have gotten a chance to swing a leg over the pre-production version of the upcoming 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R. Avoiding a conversation about how motorcycle publications are starting to look more like the outsourced marketing departments of motorcycle OEMs, what is perhaps the second most interesting thing from the article are the details about the Austrian company’s newest offering to the adventure-touring crowd.

According to the completely unbiased Germanophone Michael Pfeiffer, the new KTM 1190 Adventure R borrows its lump from the current KTM 1190 RC8 R superbike, and is marked improvement over its predecessor: the KTM 990 Adventure R. Pfeiffer says power is roughly 150hp, while the 1190 Adventure R tips the scales at 230kg (507 lbs) when at the curb with a full 24 liters of fuel (that’s 6.3 gallons for us ‘Mericans). Fitted with a 21″ front wheel, the KTM 1190 Adventure R also features switchable ABS, traction control, and dual engine map settings for on-road and off-road use.

Presumably replacing the venerable KTM 990 Adventure R for the 2013 model year, the KTM 1190 Adventure R appears to be the KTM 1090 Adventure R that was named by the leaked KTM product road map at the North American dealers’ meeting that was held this time last year. That same document curiously also showed a “1290″ Adventure  machine would break cover for the 2014 model year, which raises more than a few questions about what KTM’s strategy is in this segment.

With BMW set to debut its water-cooled boxer-twin next month, KTM seems set to challenge the class-leader for the top spot in the ADV world. According to Motorrad, KTM’s focus with the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R has been on making it a very capable off-roader, with its on-road duties being a secondary item. This is in contrast to bikes like the Ducati Multistrada 1200, which skews the other way, but the move maintains KTM’s off-road and Dakar heritage, and certainly plays to that pedigree.

Perhaps it is in this regard that KTM hopes to distinguish the 1190 model from the 1290 model, which will presumably share a powerplant with the soon-to-be-updated 2014 KTM SuperDuke R 1290 street-naked. As we have seen in this segment before, companies have hedged their bets on what side of the asphalt vs. dirt debate they want their adventure-tourers to be on, usually offering a street-oriented variant alongside a dirt-oriented one. Could KTM be doing the same thing here? Only time will tell.

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Source: Motorrad; Photos: KTM

Author: advgrrl

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10 thoughts on “Details Drop on the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R”

  1. Really cannot see this race to huge horse power in the adventure bike world. It seems all it is is a contest to see who can pee the furthest. A 150 hp bike aimed at the average consumer and selling as an “off road” bike. I think not, At 500+lbs it is not “off road” in my books. Maybe roads with rough surfaces. I actually think that the F800 is a bit beyond the limit of “off road” for the average consumer. Maybe I have to refine my definition.

    1. you don’t have to refine anything…just choose your ride based on what your priorities are all about…it does seem the companies are forgetting some of us ride not only because we love it but for gas mileage….too much HP really does not mean much off road and HP on road…well, I will get a sport tourer.

  2. I guess to me the horsepower is less important than how to gets down to the road, on paper the F800GS is unremarkable but in practice it keeps up alarmingly well with road and sports oriented bikes with much more power especially when a few corners and a bit of traffic is thrown into the mix. Of course on a track with professional riders the more powerful/sports-oriented bikes will leave it in the dust, but most of us are using our bikes on normal roads in normal conditions. And no one is obligated to wring the nuts out of the motor to extract maximum power all time, no matter what the power rating is, the bike will only deliver what is asked of it.

    I know KTM and BMW are arch rivals in this class—KTM make exceptional bikes that are a bit of an acquired taste, a bit like Marmite, you love it or you hate it! I can barely reach the ground on my F8, so I have no hope on this monster… but I still love it 🙂

  3. I have to say (having looked at the pics a bit closer), it’s about time manufacturers started using LED running lights on bikes—from the pre-production pics it looks like the r1250gs has them as well… much less energy consumption and they never burn out (unlike the H7 headlamps which seem to go every 4,500 miles)…

      1. At the minute I have a cheap bosch bulb in out of necessity (headlamp blew when I started the bike after picking up a mate and I had to go to the nearest shop)… doubt it will last long. The motovisions are apparently designed to survive the vibration of a bike – glad to hear your experience with them has been positive, I’d been sitting on the fence about whether they really did last longer or if it was just marketing speak…

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