I’d wanted to ride the KTM 1190 Adventure since it was announced in 2013 and at the end of January I got my chance. KTM Canada left a demo bike at my local dealer and the weather finally cleared up enough to take it for a ride.
The Adventure and Adventure R are KTM’s attempt to compete with the likes of the BMW 1200GS and the Ducati Multistrada. While this motorcycle, especially the R model, was designed to keep the “dirt” part of the KTM line, the engine has more sport bike numbers, pumping out 150 hp and 92 ft-lbs of torque. The electronic engine controls, ABS and traction control are as sophisticated, as you’ll fine on any motorcycle and the suspension on the Adventure model is also able to be adjusted electronically.
There are four engine modes, Sport, Street, Rain and Off Road. At the suggestion of KTM, I set the bike in the Street mode, which gives the engine full power with a smooth response. I took the bike through town, on some high-speed corners and on the highway. It managed each of these comfortably and enjoyably. Unfortunately, off road was off limits for this demo. Bottom line, this motorcycle is fast, quick, solid, comfortable and fun!
I fell in love with this motorcycle and it’s at the top of my list for a possible new ride. The beauty of this motorcycle is that it’s a commuter, tourer and semi-naked hooligan bike all in one. It will also allow me to explore what’s at the end of a dirt or gravel road and manage all weather conditions.
I’ve been a KTM fan for sometime, however I’ll be testing a BMW GS1200 and a Ducati Multistrada before making any purchase.