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Bike of the Week – KTM 1190 Adventure

Bike of the Week – KTM 1190 Adventure

Snapshot: We are back with 'BOTW’ and this time we have the KTM 1190 Adventure for you!

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Today we have a very special motorcycle for our weekly ‘Bike of the Week’ article, today you are going to read what KTM 1190 Adventure is all about. This was first revealed by the Austrian motorcycle maker at the October 2012 Intermot trade show. KTM claims that the 1190 Adventure is not just world’s most versatile adventure enduro but it is also the ‘World’s Safest Motorcycle’ you can buy.

KTM 1190 Adventure is based on the 1195 cc V-Twin motor based on the LC8 powerplant. It is a four stroke, 75°V-twin cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder engine that delivers 150bhp of maximum power at 9500rpm and 124.8Nm torque at 7500rpm. The power and torque figures are close to the Ducati’s Multistrada as Ducati delivers 160bhp of power and 136 Nm of torque. KTM 1190 Adventure weighs almost 230kgs (wet weight) which is almost equivalent to Multistrada’s. It carries a superb power to weight ratio of 1.53kgs/hp that makes it one of the fastest players in the segment.

When launched 1190 Adventure was the only motorcycle offering Bosch's new MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control). MSC enhances the existing package consisting of lean-sensitive traction control and ABS featuring a combined braking function with a world first: the first ever lean-sensitive cornering ABS. That sounds good right? Yeah it is indeed!

Unlike its predecessor 990 Adventure, the 1190 Adventure uses ride-by-wire throttle and electronic suspension control. KTM intended to position the 1190 Adventure against technologically advanced streetgoing rivals like the Ducati Multistrada 1200.

It comes with four different ride modes such as ‘Sport’, ‘Street’, ‘Rain’ or ‘Offroad’; these riding modes enable a rider to select the most suitable mode according to the ride condition. I don’t think I need to explain about the modes, but depending on the rider’s chosen selection, the Motorcycle traction control (MTC) permits differing levels of rear wheel slip. It reacts in a matter of milliseconds if the rear wheel rotates too rapidly for the conditions and the current lean angle.

Apart from this, the selected mode restricts the amount of power being delivered to the rear wheel, for example, the Rain mode restricts the engine to 100bhp to compensate for slippery conditions. And also the traction control is set to early intervention ensuring minimum slippage and maximum safety at the time of rains. Also the rider gets options to choose between four spring pre-load settings (solo, solo with luggage, two-up and two-up with luggage) and three damper settings (Comfort, Street and Sport)  for the best suitable suspension set-up via the Electronic Damping System (EDS). The settings can be chosen via a mode switch on the handlebar.

Though several Adventures were imported in India, but it still uncertain if KTM is serious about launching the same in Indian market or not. Though this segment is not as big as others, but with time it is surely getting bigger and more competitive. We would love to see KTM introducing something like the Adventure here in India, if launched it will surely not be cheap but it will pace the growing ‘Adventure Segment’ further in India. Enjoy the video we are tagging below and do share your views in the section. 

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