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The KTM 1290 Super Adventure R: The Best Adventure Bike?

Mar 4, 2018 3:00:00 PM / by RumbleOn Road Captain

KTM Adventure Bikes Are Making Moves in the Industry

Well, KTM seems to keep doing it. When it comes to familiar motorcycle brands, KTM is far from at the top of mind for bikers and riders. This is mainly because their bikes tend to focus on naked bikes and adventure options, which are widely popular in Europe, and aren't used much in recreational riding.  


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The bike that has tons of off-road and adventure bike enthusiasts drooling? The KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. This off-road bike can handle dirt, mud, pavement, probably fire (I'm kidding, but who knows?). The fact of the matter is that it’s a beast at handling different types of terrain. It takes the possible issues with off-road and adventure riding and minimizes it to something that’s far easy to control. When a bike can make the rider feel that much more confident about their skills because of ease of handling, it’s a good bike.  

Want to know what the KTM 1290 makes our list of possible best adventure bikes?

 

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure R:

The design of this bike is awesome, and even the most dedicated Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycle lovers can appreciate some of the looks. Sure, it might  fit the type riding you do, but it’s easy to appreciate something that a lot of thought went into. The engine on this thing is seriously amazing, especially when you compare it to its competitors in the off-road and adventure sector.


Its 18- and 21-inch wheels can handle the dirt with ease, especially because of the tire design that this thing sports. Traction on all levels of the road (even areas that are the farthest thing from a road) so this bike can make even the least confident rider feel like they have a good sense of control.

Because of the difficult roads one might experience (or want to experience) on this bike, it’s hyped up with all the technology you could want for some solid riding. This includes ABS, cruise control, LED lighting, keyless ignition, and a heck of an impressive dash. If it held any additional technology, it could have come across as just too much, but of course, KTM was careful to include only what they thought was necessary for this bike.

The bike has a higher seat level, at 35-inches, but any seat that's too low could cause some problems with the ride.  It has a pretty relaxed riding position with ample legroom, so those long rides are easy to achieve because of the level of comfort the bike can provide.

 A 6-gallon tank ensures that you won’t have to be making tons of stops to fill up the tank, which is helpful when you’re literally in the middle of nowhere. This thing is meant for adventure (hence is being labeled as an adventure bike) and if that’s what you’re seeking, you’re going to want to have a ride on this.

 


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RumbleOn Road Captain

Written by RumbleOn Road Captain

Your fearless leader in all things to do with motorcycle education. I cover tips and advice for motorcycle riders, motorcycle product reviews, and pretty much anything I think is useful to my fellow bikers.

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