Test ride an 1190 Adventure

KTM’s 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R motorcycles have arrived at UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Island showrooms – and they’re selling extremely well.

Based on reviews so far – and from sales – the 1190 Adventure is fast becoming THE adventure bike to have this year. In fact, some are saying it’s even better than the R 1200 GS Adventure which has been the best selling for a long time. Remember, KTM won 17 off-road world titles in 2012; no other manufacturer can boast such off-road success. Looks like they’re putting the lessons they’re learning from racing into new technology for us on bikes like the 1190 Adventure.

It’s not just about technology. I’d argue that sales of the 1190 Adventure have been so high simply because the bike is gorgeous, very capable and it stands out from the sea of R 1200 GS bikes that swarm our roads.

The 1190 Adventure, £12,595, is for road riding whereas the Adventure R is for riding all-terrain and costs slightly more at £13,195 (an extra £600).

What you’ll see is that the Adventure and the Adventure R have different tyre sizes. The Adventure has a 19in front and 17in rear while the Adventure R has larger 21in front and 18in rear. The R also has longer travel suspension. Makes sense really as the R is the one you’ll be riding off the road.

1190 Adventure R

On top of these developments – and over the previous 990 Adventure – both models feature a bigger fuel tank (an extra 3.5 litres) so its now up to 23 litres, a nice amount for riding long distances. Service intervals are longer too at every 15,000km (or 9,320 miles) so you can take it on a really long trip and not have to worry about having it serviced halfway through.

Both models have multiple adjustments for rider position and they both have a newly developed motorcycle traction control called MTC as standard. You can also pay extra for electrics which let you have WP suspension with electronic adjustment (called EDS) and a tyre pressure measurement system (TPMS).

“Sales of the 1190 Adventure have been so high because the bike is simply gorgeous and very capable. And it stands out from the sea of R 1200 GS bikes that swarm our roads.” – Dan Tye

Dare to be different from the GS crowd and demo one out. There are some great finance deals to make that £12,495 easier to swallow. Failing that the prices of 990 Adventure bikes have come down. You can pick up a second hand 05 plate for about £4,000 to £5,000 pounds.

Demonstrator bikes are available to ride at every KTM Street dealer, a test ride is free and you can book it online here. You’ll need to call the dealer you plan on visiting to make sure you can test ride an 1190 Adventure or 1190 Adventure R because each Street Dealer has a different insurance policy.

Here’s the full list of KTM Street Dealers

• AMS Motorcycles, Tewkesbury Gloucestershire 01684 292929
• Bikers, St Saviour, Jersey 01534 736531
• Colwyn Bay Motorcycles, Colwyn Bay, Conwy 01492 535959
• Craigs Motorcycles, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire 01924 488117
• Crescent Motorcycles, Verwood, Dorset 01202 820170
• Dave Barkshire Motorcycle Centre, Norwich, Norfolk 01603 722800
• Drysdale Motorcycles, Perth, Tayside 01738 451050
• Fowlers of Bristol, Bristol, Avon 0117 977 0466
• Gear 4 Motorcycles, Market Deeping, Cambridgeshire 01778 345653
• In Moto, Croydon, Surrey 020 8689 2341
• JD Racing, Saltash, Cornwall 01752 848888
• Jim Aim Motorcycles, Halstead, Essex 01787 460671
• Laguna Motorcycles, Maidstone, Kent 01622 681765
• Laguna Performance Centre, Ashford, Kent 01233 665520
• Leisure Trail UK, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire 0115 973 2466
• M & S Motorcycles, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear 0191 261 0121
• Mac’s Motorcycles, St Martins, Guernsey 01481 239611
• P & H Motorcycles, Crawley, Sussex 01293 413300
• Phillip McCallen Motorcycles, Lisburn, Northern Ireland 02892 622886
• Premier Bikes, Didcot, Oxfordshire 01235 519195
• Redco Auto Holdings, Dublin 12, Ireland 00353 14381900
• Redline Motorcycles, Loughborough, Leicestershire 01509 230001
• Road & Track Motorcycles, Douglas, Isle of Man 01624 623725
• Rocket Centre, Blackburn, Lancashire 01254 297810
• Speedaway Motorcycles, Warley, West Midlands 0121 5591270
• The KTM Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire 01442 255272
• Trevor Pope Motorcycles, Gosport, Hampshire 02392 521111
• Tri County Motorcycles, Bracknell, Berkshire 01344 424282
• Wayne Mounter Motorcycles, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan 01443 400960

1190 Adventure £12,595:
• LC8 V-twin cylinder with double ignition, the latest Keihin motor management, electronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire and anti-hopping clutch
• Performance: 110 kW/150hp, torque: 125Nm,
• 15,000km/9320 miles inspection intervals
• Low fuel consumption
• 230 kg with a full tank
• Adjustable footrests, seat height, handlebar position and windshield
• Multilevel combined BOSCH-ABS, multilevel BOSCH Traction Control (MTC)
• New innovation: Off-road modes for ABS and MTC
• Very stable latticed tubular frame made of extremely rigid chrome-molybdenum steel
• High quality WP Suspension components
• Tubeless road tires on wire spoke wheels with airtight rims – 120/70-19 front; 170/60-17 rear
• The very latest VDO combi instruments
• Optional factory-fit multiple programmable electronic WP suspension (EDS) and tyre pressure measurement system (TPMS)

1190 Adventure R £13,195:
• LC8 V-twin cylinder with double ignition, the latest Keihin motor management, electronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire and anti-hopping clutch
• Adjustable footrests, handlebar position and windshield
• Performance: 110 kW/150hp, torque: 125Nm
• 15,000km/9320 miles inspection intervals
• Low fuel consumption
• Multilevel combined BOSCH-ABS and multilevel BOSCH traction control (MTC)
• New innovation: Off-road mode for ABS and MTC
• Fully adjustable WP USD telescopic fork with separate rebound and compression damping
• Fully adjustable rear WP shock absorber
• Suitable for the asphalt, tubeless Enduro tyres on wire spoke wheels with airtight rim – 90/90-21 front; 150/60-18 rear
• The very latest VDO combi instruments


About Author

Dan Tye Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after realising there wasn't a single publication focusing on adventure. He has been a pilot in the RAF, a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as journalist for motorcycling, flying and adventure magazines.

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