2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure Caught Testing

Photo credit Bennets UK
  • The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure was caught testing recently.

  • It may feature radar-assisted cruise control.

  • The bike also shows many new changes.

The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure was caught testing recently.

Spy shots show that the bike has “evolved” headlamps that are much larger, but with an obvious void at the bottom centre. This could be due to the widely rumoured radar unit which assists cruise control.

The new bike seems to be dominated by the huge headlamps, at a time when other manufacturers are making smaller front sections. It may very well be because the cornering lights are integrated into the headlamps.

The flanks around the fuel tank have grown but look closely and you’ll spot a large bulge in front of the rider’s shin. That’s where the fuel tank really resides in the 790 Adventure’s fashion. Doing so lowers the bike’s centre of gravity, consequently making the bike more agile and stable at the same time.

Look behind the front wheel and you’ll see no radiator. The 1290 Super Adventure is most probably employing split radiators that are placed inside the fairings. Doing so allows cooling air to move through the engine bay more effectively. Also, it keeps them from stone damage.

Moving backwards, the subframe is new and looks detachable and made from aluminium. The swingarm is still KTM’s signature open latticework design.

But how could we miss the size of that exhaust silencer?! Again, remember that the Euro5 regulations govern noise emission, as well.

There ought to be two versions, as usual. The road-centric “S” model will feature 19-inch front and 17-rear alloy wheels, while the off-road biased “R” model will use 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels.

Source: Bennets UK

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