KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S (2017-on) Review

Published: 03 May 2017

It’s three bike in one – tourer, sports bike and off-roader

KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S  (2017-on)

It’s three bike in one – tourer, sports bike and off-roader

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The new 1290 Super Adventure S is lighter, smaller, and easier to use than the big Super Adventure T and is a direct replacment for the 1190, which has now been discontinuted. It’s dripping in rider aids which can now be used to their full potential thanks to a new easy to use informative dash. The S also comes with excellent WP semi-active suspenion and is backed up by a strong engine. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The semi-active WP suspension has four settings – Comfort, Street, Sport and Off-road – which reacts according to your chosen riding mode, and can be swapped on the fly. The new S is sportier than the old Super Adventure. The steering is light for such a big bike, which encourages you to really throw it around with relative ease. When the semi-active suspension is working overtime the 1290 remains composed, stable and boosts confidence. 

Engine 5 out of 5

The 1301cc V-Twin is now Euro 4 compatible and KTM have cleaned up the motor with a new exhaust, new cylinder head, including valves and cams, plus changes to the fuelling. Even though the engine is cleaner and quieter than before KTM say the power and torque figures remain the same as the old model, 160bhp and 103.25ftlb of torque. It makes 79.6ftlb of torque at just 2,500rpm!

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

KTM’s reliablity and quality is continuingly improving and the 160bhp is near proven in other models such as the 1290 GT and Super Duke. 

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The base price of £14,299 means it's cheaper than the competiton and for that you get a decent level of specification. However, the bike we tested would cost £16,777, which isn't too bad and puts it much closer to the competition.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The KTM 1290 comes with an impressive spec sheet. Four rider modes, cornering ABS and lean senstive traction control, all controlled by the fancy new colour dash. Other neat touches include LED cornering headlight, keyless ingnition, cruise control, illuminated switchgear, self-locking manual screen and even a waterproof phone storage compartment complete with USB input. Heated grips are an optional exta.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S (2017-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.

Review your KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
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 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

1290 S 1000 miles in.!

30 May 2017 by Paddy

what a bike, what an engine, great suspension. Awesome machine . Standard seat aint so comfy. need the ergo seat. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
ride quality spot on
Engine
5 out of 5
awesome engine, puts a real smile on your face
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Windscreen not very scratch resistant
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
costly. 30 quid more than a GS
Equipment
5 out of 5
love the LCD screen, Gear shifter, suspension.
Buying experience

small network V BMW. But happy to travel as bike so much fun

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £14,299
Used price £12,300 to £16,000
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £170
Performance
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 103 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 250 miles
Specification
Engine size 1301cc
Engine type Liquid cooled, V-Twin, chain drive, six gear
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Seat height 860mm
Bike weight 215kg
Front suspension Semi actice WP 48mm forks
Rear suspension WP single rear shock, semi active
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston radial calipers, cornering ABS
Rear brake 267mm disc, twin piston caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70x19
Rear tyre size 170/60x17

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

Other versions

1290 Super Adventure T
1290 Super Adventure R

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