2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure Spied Testing

2020 Super Adventure packs some notable revisions.

2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure testing in field.
New bodywork and what looks to be updated chassis elements are visible.BMH Images

The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S looks close to ready for its official debut. Spy shots caught while the machine was being tested reveal an aesthetically changed motorcycle, with a few other notable updates to the electronics and structure of the bike.

First, you'll see the headlight configuration is changed, with a cutout at the bottom of the nose, presumably to allow the addition of adaptive cruise control. KTM has been developing this technology for some time, aiming to provide riders with a system that will detect vehicles in front of the motorcycle and modulate throttle output and use the front brake when necessary to maintain a two-second gap. When KTM made the announcement of the system earlier this year, it also revealed its intention to incorporate a Blind Spot Detection system at the rear, but that doesn't look to be equipped on this particular test unit.

The bodywork of the 2020 Super Adventure is significantly changed as well, particularly the side panels. There’s more engine coverage and new, larger cutouts in each side.

We notice a revised muffler shape also, which means there are likely changes to the intake system and perhaps even the 1,301cc mill to help achieve Euro 5 standards.

The semi-active WP suspension looks similar as last year’s model, as does the main frame of the bike. The subframe could be a revised piece, however, and the swingarm appears to have some design changes as well.

We’re likely to see a full announcement on the revisions to the 2020 KTM Super Adventure S within the coming months. With the clear addition of adaptive cruise control, it’s also quite possible we’ll see further revisions to the overall electronics package, as well as a more sophisticated dash display unit. Stay tuned.