KTM has revealed its new 1290 Super Adventure R adventure bike, which receives a number of technology and performance improvements over the outgoing model, with the bike set to hit local showrooms in May.

The 1290 Super Adventure R is a more dirt-focussed version of the 2021 Super Adventure S that was revealed last month, and so it is distinguished by a number of off-road components.

“For KTM, ‘R’ stands for ‘Rally’ and ‘Racing’ so with the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure R we really feel in our element,” said KTM product manager Joachim Sauer in a recent press release.

“Adopting all the great benefits of the recently launched S model, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is here to set new standards of all-terrain performance.”

ktm 1290 Super Adventure R 2021

Notably, the R variant features new Alpina aluminium tubeless spoked wheels wrapped in dual-sport Bridgestone tyres, and can be identified by its unique graphics and restyled body elements.

Wind tunnel testing has resulted in sharper ergonomics, with a more aerodynamic windshield and bodywork, a new three-part 23-litre fuel tank and a sporty stepped seat.

The bike is motivated by a familiar 1301cc V-twin generating 118kW and 138Nm, which now exhales through an upgraded exhaust and is matched with a revised Pankl gearbox.

ktm 1290 Super Adventure R 2021

New is a 7.0-inch TFT dash with a revised user interface, giving access to the Super Adventure’s new-generation electronic aids.

For 2021, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R features WP Xplor suspension, with fully adjustable 48mm forks to provide 220mm of travel.

KTM will also offer packages to add a more advanced quickshifter, hill hold, an adaptive brake light as well as its Motor Slip Regulation system which adjusts engine braking levels to further reduce rear wheel slip.


Pricing for the updated 1290 Super Adventure range has yet to be confirmed.

The Austrian brand will also release its smaller 890 Adventure range in the coming months, which replaces the 790 Adventure range with a more potent engine, revised ergonomics and styling, improved brakes and enhanced electronics.

ktm 1290 Super Adventure R 2021

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