Traction control comes as standard as does ABS. There are also four rider modes which change the throttle response, engine characteristics, power and traction control. There is some vibration at high speeds but the adjustable screen is impressive as are the overall ergonomics which can be tailored to suit. Suspension is conventional with slightly less travel than the 1190 and has rebound and preload adjustment on the rear.
The 1050's engine is a downsized LC8 lump from the 1190 Adventure. While 95bhp and 79ftlb of torque doesn’t sound much, KTM intentionally decided to limit the bike to 95bhp to meet A2 licence laws. And the 70ft-lb of torque is still a class-leading figure.
KTM's generally have good reliability - they build bikes that take on the Dakar, so they know what they're doing!
KTM's 1290 Super Adventure may be the headline-grabber, but the 1050 may yet prove more significant. Its 95bhp might not sound much but it makes gorgeous low-down torque, is light, manageable, great fun on switchback roads and, at £10,999, offers tempting value.
Conventional traction control is standard on the 1050, as is ABS. It doesn’t have the sophisticated lean angle sensors of the Super Adventure so there’s no cornering C-ABS but you can still choose between four rider modes. The clocks are very similar to the 1190 and 1290 models and give you all the information you need for touring, including a gear position indicator. You also get the same 23-litre fuel tank and trellis frame as the 1190.