KTM does off-road performance. Case in point, the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. With Dakar-inspired styling, longer suspension travel than the road-going S model, crash guards, and spoked wheels, the R is geared for any challenging expedition. It’s equipped with the same 75-degree 1,301cc V-twin that claims 160 hp and lean-angle-sensitive ABS and traction control, four ride modes, cruise control, a 6.5-inch TFT display, KTM My Ride package with navigation capability.
When our tester rode the 2017 1290 Super Adventure R he concluded that the ADV machine “is a lot of motorcycle, yes, but it’s a lot of very capable motorcycle, and just as willing to go off the beaten path as you are.”
Competition includes dirt-ready models like Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro, BMW R 1250 GS Adventure, and Honda Africa Twin.
No major changes were announced. The model is available in one graphic/color scheme for a starting MSRP of $18,599.