2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S RECEIVES SERIOUS UPDATES

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The more street-going 1290 S model has been unveiled by KTM and its clear they've worked hard and smart to refresh the biggest of all the Austrians.
Touring has never looked so fun!

KTM’s touring/adventurer S model 1290 has been given a massive makeover that helps maintain its place as one of the most exciting motorcycles on any road or dirt road. With more power than mortals need and a host of new tech improvements, the Adventure S will spin beanies and make some superbikes look a bit silly.

The much talked about radar sensor to facilitate adaptive cruise control is present and, while it may seem less a flashy upgrade, the appearance of a new key fob is huge news to anyone who’s experienced the issues associated with the previous model.

2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S

  • Radar Sensor in the headlight for Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Reworked rider-focused ergonomics
  • New generation of WP Apex Semi-Active suspension
  • Euro 5 compliant
  • New key fob
  • New pistons
  • New 23 litre tank
  • New trellis frame
  • Updated ergonomics
  • New handguards
  • New 7-inch tilt-adjustable TFT display
  • New 6-way switch block
  • Service interval of 15,000km
  • Improved cooling system
  • Redesigned exhaust
  • Redesigned transmission
  • Slightly lower, height-adjustable seat height
  • Reworked windscreen
  • Steering head positioned 15 mm further back
  • The engine has been rotated two-degrees forward
Adaptive Cruise Control…who have thought we’d be riding bikes with radars but no cup holders?
One of the best interfaces on the markets

Joachim Sauer – KTM Product Manager

“The 2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S is a sporty bike designed to offer unparalleled riding fun in any terrain. With this model, KTM enters its third generation of big Travel-Enduro bikes for street and gravel adventurers. Collecting feedback from the market, we focused on enhancing rider feeling and ergonomics while introducing groundbreaking advancements, such as the Adaptive Cruise Control, the KTM way. To appreciate the magic of our ACC, you need to consider that the ideal roads to experience the thrilling performance of the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S may lie hours away. With highways in between, ACC will let you breeze through the transit keeping you ready to strike whenever possible. The new generation model will carry you as far, long and as hard as you want while keeping the original KTM DNA strong with its elevated performance potential.”

The perfect bike for anyone heading home past a few banked corners
Yes! Finally, a new key fob that will hopefully perform better than that last
ENGINE TYPE2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
DISPLACEMENT1,301 cc
BORE / STROKE108 / 71 mm
POWER118 kW (160 hp) @ 9,000 rpm
TORQUE138 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
COMPRESSION RATIO13.1:1
STARTER / BATTERYElectric starter / 12V 11.2Ah
TRANSMISSION6 gears
FUEL SYSTEMKeihin EFI (throttle body Ø 52 mm)
CONTROL4 valves per cylinder / DOHC
LUBRICATIONPressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
ENGINE OILMotorex, SAE 10W-50
PRIMARY DRIVE40:76
FINAL DRIVE17:42
COOLINGLiquid cooling
CLUTCHPASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
ENGINE MANAGEMENT / IGNITIONKeihin EMS with RBW and ACC (adaptive cruise control), double ignition
TRACTION CONTROLMTC (lean-angle sensitive, 4 modes, disengageable)
CO2 (GRAM / KM)134 g/km
FUEL CONSUMPTION5,7 l/100 km
FRAMEChromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder-coated
SUBFRAMEAluminium, powder-coated
HANDLEBARAluminium, tapered, Ø 28 / 22 mm
FRONT SUSPENSIONWP SAT (semi-active technology) Upside-Down Ø 48 mm
ADJUSTABILITYSemi-active
REAR SUSPENSIONWP SAT (semi-active technology) shock absorber
ADJUSTABILITYSemi-active, electronically regulated preload
SUSPENSION TRAVEL FRONT/REAR200 / 200 mm
FRONT BRAKE2 × Brembo 4-piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
REAR BRAKEBrembo 2-piston, fixed caliper, brake disc Ø 267 mm
ABSBosch 10.3ME Combined-ABS (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disenengageable)
WHEELS FRONT/REARCast aluminium wheels 3.50 x 19″; 5.00 x 17″
TYRES FRONT/REAR120/70 ZR 19; 170/60 ZR 17
CHAIN525 X-ring
SILENCERStainless steel silencer
STEERING HEAD ANGLE65,3°
TRAIL109,2 mm
WHEELBASE1,557 ± 15 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE223 mm
SEAT HEIGHT849 / 869 mm
TANK CAPACITYapprox. 23 litres / 5 l reserve
DRY WEIGHTapprox. 220 kg