Super Adventure

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure S gets new updated visuals and reworked navigation for 2023. 

  • KTM 1290 Super Adventure S is the Austrian firm most potent adventure bike. 
  • Features a big V-Twin engine capable of producing 160hp. 

That said, the 2023 1290 Super Adventure  S gets extra refinement for the new year including a revised aluminium subframe to allow seat height adjustability.

KTM also updated the navigation software with a new ‘Turn-by-Turn’ system. 

In addition, the 2023 1290 Super Adventure S can also be upgraded with KTM’s Quickshifter+ and WP Suspension Pro. 

Also, the 1290 Super Adventure S gets new colour options including an orange and black colour scheme and graded grey.

Powering the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S is the Euro5 V-Twin LC8 engine capable of pumping 160hp and 138Nm of peak torque. 

2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S key features:

  • turn-by-turn navigation system
  • lightweight ChroMo stainless steel chassis
  • WP Semi-Active Suspension
  • Bosch 6D sensor
  • radar-assist Adaptive Cruise Control

According to KTM, the 2023 1290 Super Adventure S will be available from January 2023 onwards. 


  • Motosikal KTM 1290 Adventure S telah mendapat sambutan yang hebat sejak pelancarannya.
  • Sebagai sebuah promosi akhir tahun yang istimewa, KTM Malaysia menawarkan ‘Travel Pack’ sebagai pakej percuma.
  • Promosi ini boleh didapati di pengedar KTM Malaysia yang disahkan.


  • The KTM 1290 Adventure S was launched to a great following.

  • As a special year-end promotion, KTM Malaysia offers the Travel Pack as a complimentary package.

  • The promotion is available via authorized KTM Malaysia dealers.

The 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S was launched in Malaysia just a few months back and has already enjoyed a huge following among adventure-touring enthusiasts.

KTM already has a winner when the Austrian and largest European manufacturer launched the 1290 Super Adventure (later renamed as “Model T”) in 2015. It was promptly named the “Best Adventure Touring Motorcycle” by many reputable motorcycle publications around the world.

The 1290 Super Adventure T was both a mechanical and technological marvel, and became THE high-performance adventure-tourer, bar none. It was also the basis for the 2017 1290 Super Adventure S and 1290 Super Adventure R. The 1301cc, DOHC, 8-valve, 75-degree, LC8 engine (based on the insane 1290 Super Duke R) punches out a whopping 160 bhp and 140 NM of torque. But that’s just part of the story because the engine is already producing 108 Nm at 2500 RPM. That’s why the bike pulled like the clichéd freight train.

The bike features technological advancements such as MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control), MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control), ABS, LED Cornering Lights, and WP’s Semi-Active Suspension.

The 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S utilises the same, albeit uprated features. But more telling, it had been totally redesigned to reflect a new KTM identity, starting with the headlight.


The headlight is now split into two sides with a cooling “channel” in between to address concerns of the LEDs getting too hot. The consequence of this redesign produced a headlight design unlike any other motorcycle in the market, and for KTM themselves, as well.

Other features were uprated, including the engine and electronics for more refinement and even more reliability. New for the 1290 Adventure S is the 6-inch TFT display, which the owner may install the My Ride option which includes hands-free audio playback via Bluetooth.

The latest TFT meter panel for the 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

All these electronics make the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S sensitive, right?

Not so. We saw how reliable they were firsthand during the recent KMOG Borneo Ride 2017. Not a single bike broke down despite being trashed in arduous riding conditions including earthquake-damaged roads, no road, mud, gravel, sand, rain or shine. They just kept going and comfortable for the riders and passengers to boot!

As 2018 looms, KTM Malaysia is offering the 1290 Super Adventure S with a special promotion.

For a limited time only, KTM Malaysia is throwing in the Travel Pack option, worth RM 5,424 – FREE! With the purchase of a new 1290 Super Adventure S.

The Travel Pack includes the aforementioned My Ride, Quickshifter+, Hill Hold Control (HHC) and Motor Slip Regulation (MSR).

My Ride allows the rider to connect his mobile phone to bike via Bluetooth, allowing for music streaming and making/receiving calls hands free.


Quickshifter+ is an evolution of the run-of-the-mill quickshifter. It allows for smoother and positive clutch-less gear changes not only for upshifts but for downshifts as well. A novel feature of KTM’s Quickshifter+ is the absence of an “activator” on the shift connector shaft.

As any veteran rider can tell you, taking off on an incline is never easy, requiring the rider hold on to the front brake and slip the clutch like mad! Hill Hold Control (HHC) holds the bike on a slope during idle, even if the transmission is neutral. This is a very useful feature especially on a tall bike, laden down with luggage and passenger.

Motor Slip Regulation works in tandem with the other traction control features for a safer ride. While the MTC and slipper work to relief the rear wheel from hopping, MSR limits back-torque to the rear wheel by increasing the engine’s speed. A useful feature in low-grip situations. (It’s akin to riding MX, where the rider needs to keep the engine spinning at higher RPM for more consistent traction compared to fully shutting off – no doubt learned from KTM’s heavy involvement and success in offroad competition.)

The Travel Pack features bring additional safety and entertainment to an already great bike, so hurry to your nearest authorized KTM dealer today!

For more information please visit KTM Malaysia’s official Facebook page.

  • The brand new 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S can easily be a contender for the best adventure / touring bike available in the country.

  • Equipped with a 1,301cc V-twin DOHC engine that produces 160hp and 140Nm, it is one of the lightest and flexible power plant produced by KTM.

  • The overall riding experience is heightened even further thanks to the optional Travel Pack that includes Quickshifter +, KTM MY RIDE system, Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and finally Hill Hold Control (HHC).

Following the recently launched 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and KTM 1290 Super Duke R last Friday, KTM Malaysia swiftly organized a ride just the day after. Yesterday was indeed a treat for one of our writers as the planned ride was a day trip to Cameron Highlands. [button color=”” size=”” type=”round” target=”blank” link=””]CLICK HERE[/button] to read up on the launch last Friday. (more…)


  • Motosikal KTM 1290 terbaru dijana oleh enjin V-berkembar sejukan cecair 1,301cc yang dikemaskini merupakan antara yang teringan dan paling berkuasa enijn V-berkembar di dalam industri motosikal.
  • Kedua-dua 1290 Super Adventure S dan Super Duke R padat dengan gajet elektronik teknologi tinggi, suspensi semi-aktif WP serta pakej pembrekan Brembo.


  • The new KTM 1290 motorcycles are powered by their updated 1,301cc liquid-cooled V-twin which is one the lightest and most powerful V-twins in the motoring industry

  • Both 1290 Super Adventure S and Super Duke R are packed with high-tech electronic aids, WP semi-active suspensions and huge Brembo brake packages.

KTM Malaysia has finally brought in their first 2017 models to Malaysian shores. The two new 2017 models are none other than the 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and 1290 Super Duke R. KTM had previously unveiled the Super Adventure S (along with R and T models) during last year’s INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany and the 1290 Super Duke R at EICMA 2016 in Milan, Italy. (more…)

The cat is out of the bag as KTM releases the first official image of its upcoming 1290 Super Adventure. (more…)


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