New KTM Adventure spied

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KTM’s 1190 Adventure will be heavily updated for 2017, as revealed by these spy shots taken last week outside the Austrian factory.

The 1195cc V-twin has been a strong seller and remains an important model for the firm – and has been updated to meet upcoming Euro4 regulations. MCN managed to get images of an earlier version of this bike, wearing heavy disguise, several months ago but this is the first time the all-new fairing, larger windscreen and new LED lights have been clearly visible.


The biggest changes can be seen up front and appear to signal a new design trend for KTM with a look that’s going to extend to other bikes, such as the new 800cc parallel-twin range. The headlight is split into two halves by a central, vertical strip which may double as an air-intake. With no official information available it’s impossible to ascertain whether this air duct is to feed the airbox, or if it’s aimed more at cooling the LED lights, or is there for purely aesthetic reasons.

The new fairing slots around what appears to be the same 23-litre fuel tank but there are different shaped side panels that incorporate revised air intakes, while the adjustable screen also appears to have grown. Although we cannot see in detail what is happening with the dash, it is likely to be in line with the developments on the rest of the range, which are moving to full colour Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screens.

The 1190 Adventure was first launched as a 2013 model so this update is both a mid-life model refresh and a way of meeting Euro4, which will see stricter noise and emissions controls from January 1, 2017.

Other changes will be internal as Euro4 is concerned with reducing mechanical noise, exhaust noise and also exhaust and evaporative emissions. As a result manufacturers are making changes to components to reduce the noise the parts make when they are moving inside the engine and also increasing the density of catalysts to boost their efficiency. Other Euro4 additions will see carbon capture canisters which hold any overflowing fuel.

Three model line-up

The shots show three different bikes; one of which appears to be a completely new variant for the 1190 family – using the 17in rear and 19in cast wheels from the 1050 Adventure and hinting at a more road-focused option than the existing spoked-wheel Adventure and Adventure R.

Both of those models also appear to be included in the updates, with one of the other bikes spied wearing spoked wheels with the larger 21in front rim size, while the third is the top-spec 1190 Adventure R model, aimed at riders wanting serious off-road ability.

KTM aren’t commenting, but insiders say the new 1190 Adventure range will be shown at the Intermot show in Cologne this October. The bikes are expected on sale next Spring, along with the all-new 800 Adventure model also revealed recently in MCN, and confirmed by KTM boss, Stefan Pierer.


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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter