KTM 1190 ADVENTURE (2013-on) Review

Published: 26 February 2014

Radically different from the 990 it replaces; sophisticated and seriously capable

KTM 1190 ADVENTURE  (2013-on)

Radically different from the 990 it replaces; sophisticated and seriously capable

  • At a glance
  • 1195cc  -  150 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  180 miles range
  • High seat height (860mm)
  • £12,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The new 1190 is radically different from the 990 it replaces. The whole package of chassis, electronic suspension and rider aids makes this 150bhp, 230kg bike seriously capable with more rider-friendly characteristics than any previous KTM Adventure. It can also be ridden faster than I ever thought possible – in this respect it’s more like a Ducati Multistrada, but with much better off-road suitability. It’s not as hardcore as some KTM fans would wish, but that’s what the R version is there for.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Through the combination of lightweight tubular steel frame, die-cast aluminium swingarm and top-spec WP suspension, the handling is precise and the chassis feels incredibly balanced while offering clear feedback about exactly what’s happening. The retention of a conventional chain instead of a power-sapping shaft drive means the bike reacts far more accurately to the rider’s throttle inputs and the first thing to touch down were my toe-sliders, not the bike. The 19-inch front wheel gives a far greater feeling of security than the 21-inch item on the R.

Engine 4 out of 5

The days of underpowered/overweight adventure bikes are long gone – the Multistrada 1200 saw to that and the 1190 has moved the performance bar to a whole new level. With 150bhp and 92ftlb of torque and a fully-fuelled weight of 230kg, the KTM has a better power-to-weight ratio than the Ducati! The RC8 engine has a new gearbox with different ratios and new internal components compared to the RC8 sportsbike as well as the all new ride-by-wire throttle bodies, which transforms its character. While power is plentiful, it’s also smooth, clean, precise and easy to manage.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

KTM build bikes to take on Dakar, they are rough, tough and reliable.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The KTM is more expensive than the BMW GS, but is a bit more unique.

Equipment 4 out of 5

ABS, fuel modes and traction control are standard. Electronic suspension costs £800 more.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their KTM 1190 ADVENTURE (2013-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great, But

12 April 2014 by pandora58

I love this bike, it puts a smile on my face every time I ride it. But, it's let me down twice over the winter. The first time a flat battery did it, no alarm fitted and ridden the previous day, it has been fine since. The second time it was a... Read more old pressure problem, turns out the oil filter had collapsed. Yes it was cold but I give it time to warm up and don't rev it hard. I am looking forward to a reliable summer, I don't expect this type of problems from a £14k bike. That said it's absolutely amazing when it's in motion, and it was the first winter for this model. If the reliability issues are resolved this would be one hell of a bike.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Riding through the winter

28 February 2014 by crawfordheriot

Having moved on from an R1200GS last summer the KTM still thrills. The engine is awesome, the extra few thousand rpm and bhp make it feel blisteringly fast. Handling is quick and precise. Tyres and brakes are rock solid, even in rain and single digit... Read more temperatures. I bought it because I wanted something a bit different but still comfortable and capable of two up touring. I got that and lots more, I got a daily thrill ride along with its touring credentials. It is expensive, I never thought I'd ever pay £15,000 for a bike, but it's similar to the other bikes in this class. Quality of parts has mostly held up over the winter or are in the process of being sorted by the dealer under warranty. Customization options are pretty good from KTM and aftermarket makers. Go for the racked KTM/Touratech luggage rather than the bespoke type, it's much more robust, usable and looks better.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £12,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Max power 150 bhp
Max torque 92 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Engine size 1195cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v V-twin
Frame type Steel tubular
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Seat height 860mm
Bike weight 212kg
Front suspension WP inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension WP fully adjustable rear shock
Front brake 2x320mm discs. Brembo four-piston radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x267mm disc, Brembo two-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70ZR19
Rear tyre size 170/60ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2013: new model, replacing the 990 Adventure

Other versions

The 1190 Adventure R costs £13,799 and is more off-road biased.

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