New arrival. The KTM 1290 Super Adventure S for 2019.

A new colour scheme is introduced on the 2019 model.

When the first 1290 Super Adventure S arrived in our showroom, we admit, our thoughts were it was the black sheep and wouldn’t really be purchased. Why? Because the R variant was the hot topic in the media, and KTM are known for their offroad ability. Even KTM had the same predictions. We were all wrong.

Our demonstrator is pictured here, and a few extras are fitted by us too.

Everyone admire’s KTM’s ability to produce an amazing offroader. The already legendary Toby Price helps bring this in to the spotlight. What we all forget is how awesome KTM are at making a road bike. So take the two of those recipe’s, and you’ll find the S model that’s born from adventure riding but engineered for the tarmac. And the occasional dirt too. So you could say it’s the best of both…isn’t that what everyone wants though?

That signature front has become recognisable now. And is very easily noticed to oncoming traffic too.

As supersport sales plummet across the globe, and some of us get older quicker that we’d like, this category takes over where the lean-forward-on-your-wrist bikes drop away. Having incredible horsepower, cruising comfort features, safety plus electronics, information overload, customisation features digitally and mechanically and all of this with the ability to add touring type bits and take a passenger without the excess whinging just makes owning an adventure bike in today’s world the obvious choice.

In the past to do this you made sacrifices; comfort, speed, handling, trying to find one that didn’t feel like a tractor, road bikes characteristics. Not any more.

Features, features, features. So many features. How about a table to make it easier?

1301cc 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
118 kW | 158 hp | 140 Nm
Forced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps
Hydraulic PASC slipper clutch, power assisted
Keihin EMS with RBW
5.52 l/100 km Fuel Consumption
Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular space frame, powder-coated
Front WP Semi-active suspension USD Ø 48 mm
Rear WP Semi-active suspension monoshock
200mm suspension travel , front and rear
Front 2 x Brembo four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake discs, floating
Rear Brembo twin-piston fixed calliper, brake disc
Front 320 mm disc size, rear 267 mm disc size
Bosch 9ME combined ABS (incl. offroad mode, disengageable)
X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″ chain
64 ° steering angle
220 mm ground clearance
860 mm seat height
23 L fuel tank capacity
215 kg dry weight
15,000 km service intervals
Diamond-Like Carbon coated engine parts
Twin plug ignition system
Sixth gear overdrive
9.8 kg frame weight
Die cast alloy wheels
Suspension Control Unit adapts real time suspension settings
WP steering dampner
Illuminated menu switch
Adjustable handlebars and footpegs
Quick adjust windshield
USB phone pocket
Colour TFT screen
Multifunction display with customisable readouts
LED headlight with DRL and cornering lights
Bosch MSC lean angle cornering ABS
Motorcycle Traction Control
Offroad modes for ABS and traction control
Cruise Control
KTM Race On | keyless ignition and riding
KTM MyRide | bluetooth audio + phone + GPS directions via KTM smartphone app
The tablet type display has a wealth of info and has day and night modes so you aren’t blinded by bright light in the dark.

We have seen our demonstrator, as pictured, arrive and now is kitted up to show off some extras. Our mindset with timeframe that we must retain demonstrators is that this example will be with us through to winter. So our extras are geared towards cooler riding for sooks. Sooks like me.

Our demo is now on fleet registered to ride. A hard working Rosie from KTM Australia is seen in the background pretending to not notice me on the camera nearby.

Our demo is fitted with the following KTM PowerParts…

  • Heated Rider’s Grips
  • Heated Ergo Rider’s Seat
  • Heated Ergo Passenger Seat
  • Skid Plate
  • Radiator Guard
  • Top Case, Touratech for KTM

Visit our store, call to arrange a road test, bring along your trade-in.

KTM PowerParts | Radiator Protection
KTM PowerParts | Skid Plate
KTM PowerParts | Touratech Top Case
KTM PowerParts | Rider and Passenger Heated Ergo Seats
KTM PowerParts | Passenger Seat Heater Control
Cruise Control and Backlit Mode Switchblock.
One of two colour schemes for 2019 models.
WP Semi-Active Suspension.
When power, performance, touring ability, human comfort and features all roll in to one Super Adventure S.

Recommended Purchase Price | $28,190 On Road
Available in as pictured Grey, or Orange.

Orange scheme.
Grey scheme, same as our demo.