The battle for the growing adventure market continues to get more aggressive as one manufacturer after another either adds an adventure bike to their lineup or beefs up an older model to be more competitive. KTM was one of the original manufacturers of adventure bikes then gave up some dual sport cred to BMW – no thanks to Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s decision to take Beemers the Long Way Round and the Long Way Down.
But KTM threw down their Austrian gauntlet a couple of years ago, upped their game — and engine displacement — and introduced the 1190 Adventure. Here’s what CycleWorld had to say for 2014:
“The previous 990 Adventure was without peer among ADV bikes off-road, but it definitely couldn’t match the refinement of the competition when used for less-adventurous touring and street duty. As an on-road machine, the Adventure has been improved dramatically, virtually matching Ducati’s Multistrada in terms of engine, chassis, and braking performance, while not giving up much, if any, of the 990’s off-road capabilities.”
Inseam challenged riders may find the 1190 a bit too tall (33+ inch seat height) for their liking. But as one buddy told us, if you can get a toe down, who cares!
The bigger challenge for some may be the cost. At $16,499 for the base model and $16,999 for the R, it’s a lot more than some of the other options out there, but for those serious about their dual sport riding, it’s probably money well-spent. And if you’re the type that says bigger is better, a 1290 model is new for 2015.