KTM 1290 Super Adventure S Review

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KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

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What Is It?

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure S is a premium adventure style bike which sits next to the more off-road focused R and T versions.

Engine: 1,301 cc V-Twin, 158 bhp

Economy: 40 mpg

Range: 200 miles

Seat Height: 860 mm

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What Is It Like?

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

What's Good?

It's a great bike, which handles and performs like a racing bike, yet it's an adventure bike. It theoretically shouldn't, but it does!

Everything is electronically controlled to riding perfection, the power is amazing and the V-twin sounds like a V8 when opened up. It's the S version and feels so right when it hits the dirt, so imagine what the R version feels like when properly set up.

Weight wise it feels like my old BMW F800GS but with better handling. The dash is large, easy to read and can provide navigation via an app on your phone.


It runs warm, which is great in cooler months, but might feel like you are being cooked in the Summer. The battery likes to be fully charged, if not constantly in use, or it'll throw a few false codes. Other than that I haven't had any failures.

- Dave B, 2019

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S Deals

Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2017 £10,250 £8,200 £7,200 5,100
2018 £11,200 £8,950 £7,850 3,700
2019 £12,150 £9,700 £8,500 2,100

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Related Bikes

KTM Super Adventure R - Off-road version with wire spoked wheels, smaller screen, engine bars and more suspension travel.

KTM Super Adventure T - Long distance version builds on the R with a huge fuel tank, tall screen, hill hold control and heated grips.

More Info

Check out this video review from TheMissendenFlyer.

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