2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

KTM’s V-twin fun.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S right side
2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure SKTM

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure S is built as a serious road-going adventure machine with moderate off-road capability. With a claimed 160 hp cranking out of the 1,301cc V-twin and plenty of rider aids, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S allows the rider to push the limits both on road and off. Tech includes semi-active WP suspension, motorcycle stability control, cornering ABS, lean-angle-sensitive traction control, and four ride modes. While these will help you push the boundaries of the motorcycle, the standard KTM My Ride offers GPS navigation so you can push the map’s boundaries as well. This machine is for the experienced adventure seeker who wants a do-it-all machine as their steed.

Looking for more off-road potential from KTM? The well-equipped, long-travel 1290 Adventure R might suit your style.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S left side
2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure SKTM

2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

When the standard model 1290 Super Adventure won Cycle World’s Ten Best in 2015, we claimed it was a “long-distance, earth-conquering traveler, capable on pavement, dirt, gravel, and mud. Great every day too.”

Competition includes the Ducati Multistrada 1260/S ($18,995), BMW R 1250 GS ($17,895), and Honda Africa Twin ($14,399).

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S front right
2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure SKTM

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S Updates For 2020

No major changes were announced for 2020. The model comes in orange or silver at a starting MSRP of $18,599.

2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S Claimed Specifications

Price: $18,599
Engine: Liquid-cooled LC8 V-twin
Displacement: 1,301cc
Bore x Stroke: 108.0 x 71.0mm
Horsepower: 160.0 hp @ 8,750 rpm
Torque: 103.3 lb.-ft. @ 6,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Seat Height: 33.9 in./34.4 in.
Rake: 26.0°
Trail: 4.7 in.
Front Suspension: 48mm inverted fork, semi-active; 7.9-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Preload adjustable; 7.9-in. travel
Front Tire: 120/70ZR-19
Rear Tire: 170/60ZR-17
Wheelbase: 61.4 in.
Fuel Capacity: 6.1 gal. w/ 0.9 gal. in reserve
Dry Weight: 474 lb.
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