KTM 1290 Super Adventure S Coming to United States

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S Coming to United States

CARB documents reveal road-focused adventure bike on its way

Recently published documents from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) appear to show that the most road-focused version of KTM’s über adventure machine is on its way to the US market.

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Our top-secret UK-based tester, Randle McMurphy, threw a leg over the 1290 Super Adventure S earlier this year, when it was released to the European market. There are three versions of the bike, differentiated by their suffix letter: the R, T, and S versions. The first two are already available in the United States, though it is unclear from the CARB documents whether the T will be replaced by the incoming S.

The S, with its alloy wheels, is the most road-focused of the three. Packed with electronics (possibly a little too much tech, according to McMurphy), and delivering roughly 118 kW (158 hp) from its 1301cc V-twin, the moto has drawn all sorts of gushing praise for its ability to hustle and handle with sportbike ability.

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“The 1290 Super Adventure S is an immensely capable bike,” McMurphy wrote back in March. “It's smarter than you are, has a motor capable of thrilling a rider of any level, and packs every feature you could ever want.

“The engine is a topic all its own, and it's hard to encapsulate in words just how good it is.”

It seems the US market has been a little slower than its European counterpart to come around to the idea of an entirely road-focused adventure motorcycle. In the “Old World,” these bikes have been adopted by many riders (myself included) as do-all replacements for cars – allowing folks the ability to speed through traffic on their daily commute, or load the bike with gear and trundle off to explore the Pyrenees.

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Effectively, people use these big adventure machines – and the 1290 Super Adventure is big, weighing in at roughly 235 kg wet (about 518 lbs) – as comfortable, functional sport tourers.

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