KTM 1290 Super Adventure. My Review

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KTM 1290 Super Adventure. My Review

Post by nick280 » Fri May 01, 2015 11:50 pm

Hello,

Thought I'd give a little bit of feedback regarding my 300 miles on a "borrowed" 1290 Super Adventure.

For starters, I really like the look of the bike, the white front fender looks great with the white tanks covers, and they're a mat finish too.

The engine starts like a fire laced with petrol. Boom! Oh how it starts so fine (I own the 1190 Adventure), I love this bike already. So I cocked my leg over it and pulled it up off the side stand. Bloody hell, this things big! And quite heavy. I'm 6ft and could only just tip toe the ground. Then noticed the suspension was set to rider and pillion so knocked it back to rider only. I have never felt mine lower as the setting is changed but this was like air suspension, just gently lowering the bike. I was still on tip toes but both feet having enough contact with the ground to feel safe.

So I set off expecting to feel the weight but as soon as a wheels turned, the weight disappeared. Amazing. I slithered out of the workshop car park out into the road and accelerated up the street. It felt a bit vague and unresponsive,lets see. You notice straight away you're are sat up high, which is quite nice to be honest. You notice straight away, the bike has huge road presence too. The bike was empty of fuel so put £20 in it thinking that'll do and set off on some roads I know well enough to see what the bikes like.

So, off down the A69 to Hexham. The bike is made for these roads, eating miles in seconds. The bike had only done 450 mile when I picked it up so 6krpm limit (shift light flashes soon after that) but that's still 90mph and boy is it happy at 90mph. I noticed a bar dissappear off the fuel gauge pretty quick but just thought it was probably just above that after putting some fuel in.

Turn off onto the A68 north and the bike still handles well. It started to rain quite heavy at this point so I switched to rain mode from sport. I notice the suspension doesn't alter with the power mode like the 1190 does which I actually prefer. Riding the bike along the road I soon caught upto a car. I saw my gap, pulled out to pass, cracked the throttle open and, nothing. Shit, I'm not gonna get passed this car. Hmm, rain mode is very very poor. Switched to Street and this setting is very similar to rain on the 1190.

Dropped onto A6088 to Hawick and the bike still feels happy although quite hard sprung. I altered the suspension from Street to comfort. That's better. The bike cracked on at speeds which made getting places not take long and still, the handling was good, even in the wet. Had a little TC moment which the bike handle without altering my heart rate and I eventually came to a fag stop at Hawick. Hmm, I've lost another 2 bars of fuel.

Had a little play with the computer while I was stopped which is very similar to the 1190 but has the additions of rider and pillion heated seats which out of interest, the pillion seat was stuck on low and could not be selected to alter. I couldn't see any other differences.

Fag smoked, time to set off again and the rain has stopped. Head down one of my favourite roads, the B6399 to Newcastleton and as the trees cleared, the roads dried, the speed and acceleration increased. I'm impressed. For such a big bike, this thing really is quite nibble. Not as quick to turn as the 1190 but the bike feels planted at big lean angles and powers out of corners with huge stability. BUMP! Shit! That's the first time I've left the seat on a KTM there before. BUMP! And again. Hmm? Swapped the suspension the street, that's even worse. Back the comfort. Slow down. A bit disappointing really but still loving it. Had a play with the throttle over a few crests and hump back bridges and the torque from 4krpm just lifts the front wheel in 3rd, easily.

So I now head from Newcastleton down a couple of white roads which lead me the the B6399 to Brampton, another fast but bumpy road. This bike is not cut out for this kind of riding. I think the semi active suspension can't deal with spirited riding on bumpy roads. It's still dealing with the bump I went over 3 bumps back. It needs to learn to say Fuck It, I'll just let the springs, oil and valves do the work. A few more white roads and I'm home. My arse is quite numb after that.

I had noticed a funny noise which altered depending on power so when I got home I had a look about and found the chain was dry so I lubed the chain with motorex road lube, quality stuff. 156mile and 2 bars left on the gauge (was 1 bar from full when I put fuel in). Boy this things thirsty.

Quick bite to eat and off again, very bumpy start to join the A66 at Temple Sowerby, another 20 quid of fuel at Kirkby Thore, and onto Brough. Did the B6276 to Middleton in Teesside. Shit, not a good road again. Had to really take it easy on this one. Was like riding a bucking bronco. Took a white road from Middleton in Teesside to join the B6278 Weardale road. Awesome. This is more like it. Lovely. The bike gelled here, roads a bit wet again but I'm starting to get used to the bike and wet corner appeared dry. Very confidence inspiring.

Through Stanhope and onto Edmundbyers then the B6306 to Hexham. Noticed the chain noise again. I put plenty lube on. Straight over the A69 and up the A6079 heading for Kielder. I got to Bellingham and happened to notice the time. O-oh, it 4pm, I'd better get this thing back. Joined the A68 again and head back to the garage. Noted the limiter light had stopped flashing at 6.5krpm so I guess that's factory preset. Didn't find out where the next stage was. There was no real need to. I had a quick look at the chain when I got back and it was looking pretty pitted and fooked to be honest. That's about 750 and the chain (and sprockets) needs replaced?

I was half expecting a telling off for putting quite a few miles on the bike but it wasn't even mentioned. Top blokes.

My bike was ready, all went well. Top blokes again

So, the 1290? For me, the 1290 and 1190 where never intended for the same job. The 1190 is a fun bike which you can do the distance on. The 1290 Is a bike to do the distance, but you can have fun on it too. If I were heading g on a European tour, I'd take the 1290, if I'm was going for a lakeland, dales, or wherever tour, it's the 1190 everything.

I wouldn't change my 1190 for a 1290 due to the roads on which I ride the most, but if I didn't spend so much time on these roads, the 1290 would be a serious contender as a next bike.

Jumping back on my 1190 to come home it felt so small, so insignificant compared to the 1290. I felt a little vulnerable to be honest. But the 1190 felt good. You feel connected to the bike, it feels to do what you want, when you want, and I could get my feet on the ground which made me think, was the seat on the 1290 set on the upper position?

I loved riding the 1290, its a great bike, but not for me.

1290 SDR Next "borrow" me thinks ;)

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Re: KTM 1290 Super Adventure. My Review

Post by kevxtx » Sat May 02, 2015 1:53 am

Great report mate.

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Re: KTM 1290 Super Adventure. My Review

Post by nick280 » Fri May 08, 2015 11:42 pm

Cheers Kev, it was a lovely bike and despite the weather, I enjoyed the privilege of riding it. It's not the bike for me but I can fully understand the market KTM have aimed this bike at. I just hope it will be what that market expects it to be!
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Re: KTM 1290 Super Adventure. My Review

Post by thebiglad » Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:49 am

Hi Nick, just read your 1290 review and enjoyed it very much.

I'm having bad turbulence issues with the std. screen on my 1190 Adv and so I wondered what the 1290 screen was like?

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De-AI'd, soon to be De-o² sensors and remove cat. Plus new air filter set-up.

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Re: KTM 1290 Super Adventure. My Review

Post by Guest » Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:58 pm

The 1290 screen is much better but so is the power parts screen for the 1190. I have fit one on mine and it's brilliant! 90mph with no turbulence and I'm 6'. Hope that helps :)

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Re: KTM 1290 Super Adventure. My Review

Post by nick280 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:58 pm

The 1290 screen is much better but so is the power parts screen for the 1190. I have fit one on mine and it's brilliant! 90mph with no turbulence and I'm 6'. Hope that helps :)
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Re: KTM 1290 Super Adventure. My Review

Post by thebiglad » Sun Oct 04, 2015 5:17 pm

nick280 wrote:The 1290 screen is much better but so is the power parts screen for the 1190. I have fit one on mine and it's brilliant! 90mph with no turbulence and I'm 6'. Hope that helps :)
Do you mean this one for your 1190 :

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Re: KTM 1290 Super Adventure. My Review

Post by nick280 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:24 pm

That's the one. It works well.
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