KTM managed to attract a lot of attention when launched the redesigned 1190 Adventure. Apart from its sharp cut style, the motorcycle is powered by a potent V2 engine with 1195 cc displacement borrowed from the KTM 1190 RC8 R superbike. The engine delivers a maximum power of 148 hp and needs to deal with a total weight of only 212 kg, so you can expect to a crisp acceleration and mind blowing speeds. Moreover, despite the fact that the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure is more powerful it consumes about 20 per cent less fuel than its predecessor.
The motorcycle is built on a chrome-molybdenum steel tubular space frame which contributes to an excellent chassis geometry, and weighs only 9.8 kg.
To be able to deal with a wide range of terrains without any problems, the KTM 1190 Adventure is equipped with a set of capable suspensions which consist of a front upside down fork and a rear mono shock absorber, both from WP Suspension.
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KTM sets the new standard in the travel segment with the new Adventure generation. It’s over a decade now since the first Adventure motorcycle from Mattighofen appeared on the market – with the genes of the KTM that won the Dakar Rally eleven times in succession. The consistent transfer of expertise from racing into series production was the guarantee for the KTM Adventures always being ahead of the rest of the pack. The new 1190 Adventure sets the standard for the whole travel segment: 150 hp with a weight of only 230 kg fully tanked combine to produce a power-to-weight ratio previously unheard of in this class and therefore delivering unrivalled ride dynamics. At the same time, the powerful, economical and cultivated engine enables either particularly relaxed and comfortable riding or, if required, super-sporty propulsion – with every conceivable level in between. The chassis combines lightness with outstanding geometry and fantastic suspension, which, together with completely new tyres for the travel enduro class, allow undreamed of riding pleasure in all conditions and whatever speed you desire, from very relaxed to very, very fast.
C-ABS (COMBINED ABS) AND OFFROAD MODE
The ultimate in safe deceleration: The combined anti-lock braking system (C-ABS) fitted to the 1190 Adventures was developed in close collaboration with Bosch and makes use not only of the highest quality modulator (9ME), but also of the very latest software.
Benefits and properties of C-ABS
Guarantees extremely short braking distances
When the front brake lever is actuated, the rear brake is always applied purposefully in parallel in order to optimise ride stability when braking
If required, not only can it be switched off, but also placed in offroad mode - a real world first
Complex computation algorithms contribute to the prevention of endos
C-ABS offroad mode:
The C-ABS offroad mode allows the rider to block the rear wheel as and when required -*a prerequisite for committed offroad riding and deliberately executed slides. The ABS function remains active on the front wheel, even in offroad mode.
MTC (MOTORCYCLE TRACTION CONTROL)
MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) guarantees sporty yet completely controllable propulsion on all surfaces. Its intervention is indicated with a flashing LED in the completely new VDO multi-function display. For different levels of permissible rear wheel slip, the MTC system provides four different modes (plus OFF), selected using a switch on the left handlebar grip. Developed in close collaboration with Bosch, it reacts in a matter of milliseconds if the rear wheel begins to rotate too rapidly for the riding conditions. It also makes use of the quick intervention time of the drive-by-wire system to reduce propulsion to a safe level, subject to the angle of lean. Depending on the MTC mode, the EMS (Engine Management System) also makes available a suitable level of power – for example, "only" 100 instead of 150 hp in rain mode.
Four different MTC modes:
Sport: Something for the courageous to try: Allows a respectable and perceptible amount of slippage - drift-feeling all-inclusive!
Street: Smooth control for comfortable, undisturbed riding with full engine power
Rain: Early intervention and minimum slippage in the wet, with engine power reduced to a maximum of 100 hp
Offroad: Up to 100 per cent slippage - i.e. double wheel speed - for ambitious offroad use. Have a go at controlled offroad drifts, with engine power reduced to a maximum of 100 hp
Off: Those who know better than the MTC can enjoy maximum propulsion at all times, completely to their individual tastes, without electronic assistance.
TPMS (TIRE PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM)
As its name implies, the optional TPMS monitors the tyre pressure (visible in the display) and warns the rider in the event of pressure loss, for example due to tyre damage.
State-of-the-art instrument cluster from automotive supplier VDO: central permanent LCD for displaying all riding conditions (plus speedo and rev counter with adjustable gearshift light), another LCD on the left for displaying the adjustable features:
Riding and MTC modes
Riding conditions page for additional info, e.g. ambient/oil temperature, on-board voltage, various trips, average speed, average and current fuel consumption, range, distance to next service
Different modes for the various assistance systems can be selected using a mode switch on the left side of the handlebar. It’s very simple and intuitive: "up" and "down" through the menu selection, select the desired menu item with the left button, confirm it with the right, job done!
VERSATILE AND ERGONOMIC
The new 1190 Adventure sets the standard for the whole travel segment: 150 hp with a weight of only 230 kg fully tanked give rise to a power-to-weight ratio previously unheard of in this class and hence to unrivalled ride dynamics. At the same time, the powerful, economical and cultivated engine enables either particularly relaxed and comfortable riding or, if required, super-sporty propulsion – with every conceivable level in between. The chassis sets lightness, outstanding geometry and fantastic suspension to one side, which, together with completely new tyres for the travel enduro class, allows undreamed of riding pleasure in all conditions and whatever speed you desire, from very relaxed to very, very fast.
FIELDS OF USE
The range of use of the 1190 Adventure extends smoothly from pleasurable touring comfort to uncompromising acceleration. This extremely wide application range is made possible not least by the first ever deployment of a ground-breaking electronics package. What’s particularly impressive is that the bike’s different characters lead to virtually no perceptible compromises. Those who use the Adventure for relaxed locomotion don’t feel any of the available sportiness (for example, due to sharp responsiveness or a taut chassis set-up). Those who ride more sportily don’t have to put up with a rocking horse. The many riding modes naturally support the user’s tastes as well. Whether it be alpine pass or coastal road, motorway or corrugated track, winding curves or urban jungle, the new 1190 Adventure is the ultimate travel enduro for adventures on all the world’s roads.
Not only are the top-notch ergonomics of the new 1190 Adventure suitable for all riding situations from comfortable outings - alone or two-up - to lively acceleration on asphalt and furious offroad shredding - whatever the contact area or riding position; the ergonomics can also be adjusted in many ways to suit individualists and riders of any stature.
Two handlebar clamping positions: horizontal +/- 10 mm
Two seat heights: 860 mm +15 mm
Two footrest positions: diagonally 10 mm higher and back
Plus 5-stage adjustable hand levers
The height of the two-piece seat can be adjusted by 15 mm. Thanks to its state-of-the-art 3D foam padding, it also provides more comfort over longer periods and a better feeling for what’s happening at the wheels than a softer seat cushion - an orthopaedic benefit from tourers for tourers, from sportsmen for sportsmen.
The height of the windshield can be varied individually as desired or to suit the rider’s stature in next to no time with the easily operated champing mechanism (+25 mm).
The potent V2 engine with 1195 cc displacement originates from the KTM 1190 RC8 R superbike and supplies everything that a top-class travel enduro could ever need: powerful acceleration for offroad use, a powerful punch for tours when fully loaded-up and 150 hp peak power when the chips are down. Fully developed after five years in a superbike, not only does the extremely light four-valve engine consume considerably less fuel than its predecessor, it also extends the service intervals of the 1190 Adventure to a wallet-friendly 15,000 km.
The most advanced technology helped in adapting the superbike twin to use in the Adventure:
Twin ignition sinks both consumption and emissions and ensures smooth running and superior power from the very bottom up
Drive-by-wire ensures perfect application of the readily available and plentiful torque
MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) guarantees sporty yet completely controllable propulsion on every surface and in all situations.
The new anti-hopping clutch prevents read wheel chatter and reduces the hand force required for shifting gear.
The guarantee for smooth throttle response, not just no throttle control cable: The 1190 Adventure’s drive-by-wire system ensures perfect application of the readily available and plentiful torque. It also electronically translates the throttle commands of the rider into throttle valve positions perfectly suited to the riding conditions. The DBW system is fully compliant with the strict DIN 26262 safety standard from the automobile sector.
Not only does the new anti-hopping clutch open when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also closes when you open up the throttle. The former prevents annoying rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating; the latter reduces the hand force required for changing gear, hence allowing the clutch to be controlled with the little finger - which saves energy when riding.
The main reasons for the outstanding performance of the V-twin with its 75° cylinder angle are the state-of-the-art four-valve cylinder heads with twin plug ignition, flow-optimised ducts and cam follower drive via DLC-coated cam followers, each with two overhead camshafts.
TWIN PLUG IGNITION
The twin plug ignition system controls the two differently sized spark plugs in each cylinder head independently of each other in such a way that more efficient combustion and a smoother, optimally controlled combustion sequence are achieved at all times. The result: even more and even better controlled power, lower fuel consumption, and less emissions.
The forged piston structure borrowed from Formula 1 results in a high loading capacity, despite an extremely short and lightweight design. In this way, the reciprocating weight can be minimised and the responsiveness and free-revving nature of the engine maximised. New for 2013: all piston skirts have a state-of-the-art hard-anodised finish. Not only is this particularly hard-wearing, it also minimises friction.
The smooth shape of the crank webs results in low-loss running of the crank drive; the modified weight distribution of the crankshaft and alternator rotor improve the ride quality. Together they optimise the load change behaviour of the engine.
DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) stands for an extremely hard, durable and tribologically (i.e. in terms of sliding behaviour) particularly well-suited coating, that KTM uses in many engine parts (cam followers, piston pins, etc.)
With its ultra-lightweight yet extremely stable tubular space frame, the high strength, die-cast, open-lattice swingarm and high quality chassis components from WP Suspension, the new 1190 Adventure meets all requirements for stability and predictability. Smaller spoked wheels (tubeless) - 19-inch at the front; 17-inch at the rear - fatter tyres and somewhat shorter suspension travel optimise its talents on the asphalt. Unrivalled braking from world market leader Brembo and assistance systems (MTC and C-ABS), developed in close collaboration with Bosch, round off the package and help the 1190 Adventure into a clear lead straight from the start in terms of ride dynamics and safety. Top-quality components from high-class suppliers are assembled to create the 1190 Adventure’s chassis. They combine the pure riding pleasure typical for KTM with the best possible feedback and maximum safety.
New standards demand new tools: The 1190 Adventure is the first ever travel enduro to roll on state-of-the-art, extremely grippy and durable tyres sized at 120/70 ZR 19 and 170/60 ZR 17.
Precise application, powerful and free from fading: More than adequate deceleration is ensured on the 1190 Adventure by Brembo brakes with the very finest components, such as 320 mm brake discs, radially mounted, four-piston fixed callipers and a radial hand pump. At the rear, the braking energy flows into a generously dimensioned 268 mm disc. And not to forget: everything supported by Bosch 9ME C-ABS.
The die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is not only particularly light and stable, it’s also very precisely manufactured, with a design optimised in terms of flexural behaviour and stiffness.
EDS (ELECTRONIC DAMPING SYSTEM)
Fine tuning of the suspension can be achieved with the factory fit EDS (electronically adjustable suspension) package. By using the handlebar mounted controls, the rider can adjust the spring preload of the front and rear suspension to four pre-defined settings (solo, solo with luggage, two-up and two-up with luggage) – providing the perfect geometry in all situations. In addition, the rider can also choose between three comfort settings of the suspension damping (comfort, street and sport) – according to their preferred riding style.
Thanks to multiple setting options, the stable upside-down telescopic fork with 48mm internal tube diameter and the shock absorber from WP Suspension allow optimum adjustment of the chassis to suit the individual operational use of the versatile 1190 Adventure.
Fully adjustable suspension components (optionally with EDS)
Suspension travel: 190/190 mm
Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum stainless steel. The frame contributes to an excellent chassis geometry, it’s extremely stable and weighs only 9.8 kg. Consistent lightweight construction that contributes to the low overall weight of just 212 kg (ready to ride, without fuel) and 230 kg fully tanked.
The outstanding combination of lightweight engineering in the chassis and likewise very light and extremely powerful engines make the KTM 1190 Adventure top of its class in terms of power-to-weight ratio and ride dynamics. Its weight of only 230 kg, fully tanked with a substantial 23 litres of fuel, makes the 1190 Adventure – in typical KTM manner – one of the lightest motorcycles in its segment. Further reasons for the fantastic ride dynamics are the outstanding geometry, the very well-balanced stiffness distribution and the high quality of suspension components used. These ingredients not only result in nimble handling, but also in a boost to safety, since it is far easier to guide a lightweight motorcycle around a source of danger than a heavy one.
With so much propulsive power, the front wheel can become very light, which can quickly lead to unpleasant kick-back on uneven roads or following a slight stimulus at the handlebar. The Adventure prevents this safely with a reliable and sensitive WP steering damper.
TUBELESS SPOKED WHEELS
Wire-spoked wheels for tubeless tyres featuring airtight rim beds patented by KTM. The rims on the 1190 Adventure combine all the benefits of a tubeless tyre (easy fitting and dynamic advantages due to no inner tube) with the stability and robustness of a wire-spoked wheel. This set-up makes the Adventure’s rims substantially more resilient than all the competition’s cast and spoked wheels – an added bonus, especially in hard offroad riding.
Not only is the new 1190 Adventure lighter, more powerful and more dependable than ever, it also needs to take a break less frequently thanks to its increased fuel economy, 23-litre fuel tank and a service interval extended to 15,000 km.
OUTSTANDING PACKAGE PRICE
Work it out for yourself: The KTM 1190 Adventure is not only the lightest, most powerful and versatile travel enduro, but also the one with the best equipment package. As a result, you get - at an already very affordable entry-level price - so much more for your money than from any of its esteemed competitors.
Extensive standard equipment:
MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control)
Daytime running light
Adjustable windshield height
Ultra-stable offroad spoked wheels
Aluminium handlebar, ball-burnished and tapered
Luggage rack and case brackets
INCREASED FUEL ECONOMY
Although substantially more powerful and equipped more comprehensively, the 1190 Adventure consumes about 20 per cent less fuel than its equally heavy predecessor (230 kg fully tanked, despite a smaller fuel tank). Together with an impressive 23-litre tank capacity, the range is suitable for desert use.
LONG SERVICE INTERVAL
A unique mix of the highest quality components combined with a fully developed and reliable engine allows extremely long service intervals of 15,000 km.
2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
110 kW (148 hp)
6-speed, claw shifted
Forced oil lubrication with 3 rotor pumps
Primary gear ratio
Secondary gear ratio
Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
PASC™ anti-hopping clutch/ hydraulically operated
Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
WP Suspension Up Side Down
WP Suspension monoshock
Suspension travel Front
Suspension travel Rear
Brake system Front
2 x Brembo radially mounted four-piston brake calipers