KTM has brought a host of upgrades to their flagship adventure bike for the new year. The 1290 Super Adventure’s V-Twin is now Euro5 compliant. However, the 1301cc engine still manages to thump out 160 horsepower as it did before. New pistons and a better cooling system also contribute to the new bike’s longevity.
KTM also increased overall stability by increasing the swingarm length and revising the chassis design. The manufacturer claims the new chassis design improves the 1290’s weight distribution and agility. A revised subframe design brings the new adjustable seat to a more approachable overall height. The new seat additionally offers 20 millimeters of adjustment.
The Super Adventure’s windshield and new 7-inch TFT both have 55mm of adjustment, and the handlebar levers are movable as well. KTM’s new 7″ display has been redesigned with a better interface and smartphone connectivity. The display comes with controls on the handlebars, while your phone charges in a storage compartment below.
Adaptive cruise control comes standard on the 2021 Super Adventure S, courtesy of Bosch. KTM further refined riding modes Rain, Street, Sport, and Offroad to be less noticeable during hard riding. Rally mode is still an optional extra.
The 1290’s optional accessories are better than past models, including new Quickshifter+ and Suspension Pro packages. KTM has yet to release pricing and availability on the new 1290. However, internationally the Super Adventure S will arrive at dealers in March of 2021.