• KTM's new 1290 Super Adventure R has been revealed.
• The bike promises improved agility and a lower center of gravity.
• KTM's new bike is yet to be launched in South Africa.
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KTM South Africa has lifted the veil on what we can expect from the 2021 iteration of the 1290 Super Adventure R - one of the market leaders in the big-bore adventure bike category.
It starts with all-new bodywork providing excellent ergonomics and, by placing the 23-litre fuel tank as low as possible, better agility and a lower center of gravity. Cornering has been sharpened by moving the steering head back by 15mm, re-locating the engine's front section, and introducing a slightly longer new diecast open-lattice swingarm.
Like the chassis, the subframe has also been reconstructed and is topped with a sporty, 880mm high stepped seat with slim dimensions. There is also handy storage underneath the seat. The bike also sports a reworked 2021 WP suspension configuration. The fully-adjustable 48mm front forks offer 220mm of travel, and feature split damping functions and quick modification potential with a twist of the respective dials.
Latest tech for improved ride
The 2021 Super Adventure R boasts the latest electronics packages, which includes a new six-axis lean angle sensor that affects the degree of Motorcycle Traction Control, Motor Slip Regulation, Motorcycle Stability Control and forces of Offroad ABS - all of which can be tweaked or disengaged, depending on riding conditions.
Alongside the standards RAIN, STREET, SPORT and OFFROAD ride modes, the optional RALLY mode permits riders to set throttle response to aggressive and select one of nine different wheelspin levels. The changes to suit any topography are all charted through the all-new and more user-friendly seven-inch TFT dash that is hooked to a new Connectivity Unit. The larger view has quicker and more practical menus and clearly shows turn-by-turn directions indicated by the 'KTM MY RIDE' app.
The new Euro 5-ready version of the LC8 mill is now 1.6kg lighter and offers 119kW at 9000rpm and 138Nm of torque at 6500rpm, endowing it with what KTM claims to be the best power-to-weight offering in the segment. To optimise the bike's airflow, it now features two separate radiators instead of its predecessor's one-piece unit. Specifically designed air ducts significantly reduce the amount of hot air streaming towards the rider's legs.
Some additional engine updates include lighter engine cases, new pistons, improved shifting, altered coatings and easier filter access, and a re-jigged two-header exhaust unit. Together with PANKL, KTM has also reworked the gearbox shifting mechanism for faster, lighter and more responsive actions. This update's full force can be felt through the optional Quickshifter+, which now has a quicker and even more precise operation.
Here are nine highlights to look forward to in the 2021 KTM Super Adventure R:
• All-new ergonomics offering extra agility;
• Redesigned seat with a lower height;
• Reworked long-travel, adjustable WP XPLOR suspension;
• Optimised weight distribution with lower-placed fuel tanks;
• Cutting-edge electronics that enhance the ride;
• New, intuitive seven-inch TFT display with redesigned handlebar switches;
• New LED headlight with LED daytime light;
• Revised V-Twin engine (EURO 5) with improved heat dissipation;
• New, Adventure-specced tires by Bridgestone.
The bike is yet to reach South African dealerships.