After months of spy photos, speculation, and accidental webpage leaks by KTM itself, the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S has broken cover.

As expected, the official power figures from KTM say that the newly Euro 5-compliant mill produces 160 horsepower and peak torque of 101.8 lb-ft. However, this engine is also physically lighter by 1.6 kilograms than the outgoing unit. That’s because the Austrian wizards spent a lot of time shaving a little bit of weight here and there, by producing thinner engine cases and new pistons. 

The new 1290 also boasts revised radiators that work in tandem with the redesigned bodywork to guide hot air away from the rider’s legs, enhancing riding comfort. There’s also a new suspension to consider, which features WP Apex Semi-Active Technology and Adaptive Cruise Control – which comes standard on the S. 

Naturally, some of KTM’s additional PowerParts accessory options also add individual damping adjustability, automatic preload adjustment, and even offer the ability to switch the Anti-Dive setting on or off at will. 

There’s also a new 7-inch TFT display that is mated to a connectivity unit that seamlessly pairs with your smartphone. Just beneath that display is a nice little cubby – think 990 ADVENTURES of old – with a USB port so you can easily keep smartphones charged and ready. New switches round out your cockpit on both sides of the handlebars. 

Pricing has yet to be announced, but KTM says that the all-new 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S will begin rolling into dealers all over the world starting in March, 2021.  


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