2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure T First Look

T for Touring, maybe? 160hp of adventure touring!

2017 KTM 1290 Super ADV T
The 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure T will look familiar. It’s mostly the same as last year’s 1290 Super-A, with a few updates.Photo: KTM

The big news for the KTM 1290 Super Adventure line this year was the introduction of the R model (see the 2017 Super Adventure R here), but in the shadow of the new(er) bike is the 2017 1290 Super Adventure T. That's a T for touring, we reckon, and it basically pumps up all of the attributes that made the original 1290 Super Adventure such a thumping good motorcycle.

2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure T
Broad in the front, narrow in the back, like the 1290 Super-A has always been. For 2017, the T model will come with saddlebags standard.Photo: KTM

The massive torque of the 1,301cc, 75-degree KTM V-twin are back and will surely be as epic as ever. An 8-gallon tank (up 1.9 gallons on the R model) means more miles before having to switch off the heated seat and cruise control for a pit stop. A new headlight (now LED) changes the 1290 Super-A’s face a little bit—if anything it’s a little more alien looking. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, by the way. Looks aside, the windshield is said to be easier to adjust, which will be a relief to anyone who adjusted the old 1290 Super Adventure screen.

Ride-by-wire throttle combined with multiple modes for fueling, traction control, and ABS means lots of options depending on what weather or surface you’re riding this beast in/on. Semi-active WP suspension also has adjustments to suit your ride or whimzy, better controlling the 19/17 front/rear wheel setup (smaller than the 18/21 set on the R model). Another nice feature for 2017 is that saddlebags are standard. Does that make the 1290 Super Adventure T a “bagger?” Either way, the price will likely be near $20,000, but slightly under the fresher and fancier 1290 Super Adventure R.

2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure T, side view
The 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure T. That’s 8 gallons of gas and 160 horsepower. Giddy up!Photo: KTM