KTM 2021 1290 Super Adventure R Reveal & Specs


The KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is set to arrive in March 2021

The latest iterations of the KTM 2021 1290 Super Adventure R focus its design around significant improvements to the bike’s practicality. This includes better heat dissipation from the monster engine and a 3-part, 23-litre fuel tank positioned lower on the bike, optimizing the centre of gravity, improving balance. Also bundled is an easily accessible air filter and an improved electronics package.


The steering head on the chassis has been moved back 15mm. This has made clearance for the engine’s front section and a slightly longer swingarm that provides more “acceleration depth”.

Like several other motorcycle releases this year, this bike contains a six-axis lean sensor that gathers data on the bike’s position and pitch. This information is then relayed to the Traction Control, Slip Regulation, Stability Control, and Off-Road ABS systems to optimize the ride. Using the new 7″ TFT dashboard, you can switch between rain, street, sport, and off-road modes, as well as nine different wheelspin levels.

The brand new LC8 engine is 1.6 kg lighter than the previous generation. It boasts 160hp @ 9,000rpm with a torque of 138Nm at 6,500rpm. Much effort went into improving heat management and airflow throughout the bikes’ systems. This mode utilizes two radiators. Unlike the previous generation, the hot air exhaust has been redirected, so there is less air blown onto the rider’s legs. This significantly improves comfortability. The air filter is easily accessed by removing four screws, and the filter itself features vertical ribs. This redirects dust and sand towards the bottom of the box.

KTM 2021 1290 Super Adventure R Side View

Technical Specifications

Engine Type:2-cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, liquid-cooled, V 75
Displacement:1301 cc
Bore / Stroke:108/71mm
Power:118 kW (160 hp) @ 9,000rpm
Torque:138 Nm @ 6,500rpm
Compression Ratio:13.1:1
Starter/Battery:Electric starter / 12V  11.2Ah
Fuel System:Keihin EFI (throttle body Ø 52 mm)
Lubrication:Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
Engine Oil:Motorex, SAE 10W-50
Primary Drive:40:76
Final Drive:17:42
Clutch:PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine Management / Ignition:Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
Traction Control:MTC (lean-angle sensitive, 4 modes, disengageable)
CO2  (Gram / KM):134 g/km
Fuel Consumption:5.7 L/100km
Frame:Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel Trellis frame, powder-coated
Subframe:Aluminium, powder-coated
Handlebar:Aluminium, tapered, Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension:WP XPLOR Upside-Down Ø 48mm forks, compression, rebound, preload adjustable
Rear Suspension:WP XPLOR PDS shock absorber, compression (high and low speed), rebound, hydraulic preload adjustable
Suspension Travel Front / Rear:220/220mm
Front Brake:2 × Brembo 4-piston, radially mounted caliper, 320mm disc
Rear Brake:Brembo 2-piston, fixed caliper, 267mm disc
ABS:Bosch 10.3 ME Combined-ABS (incl. Cornering ABS and OFFROAD mode)
Wheels Front/Rear:Forged aluminum spoked rims 2.5 × 21, 4.25 × 18
Tyres Front/Rear:90/90 21; 150/70 ZR 18 (Off-road option: 90/90 × 21; 150/70 × 18)
Chain:525 X-ring chain
Silencer:Stainless steel silencer
Steering Head Angle / Trail:64.7°/112.8mm
Wheelbase:1,577 ± 15mm
Ground Clearance:242mm
Seat Height:880mm
Tank Capacity:23 Litres/5 L reserve
Dry Weight:221kg

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