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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R Review
2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R on Totalmotorcycle.com
Even further ahead thanks to new cornering ABS…
The 1190 Adventure R has the heart and soul of the original KTM Adventure – puristic, raw, sportily challenging for rider and machine. In MY 2014, it is also comes equipped for the first time with 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. Together with its sister model, the 1190 Adventure R has been turned into what is currently the world’s safest motorcycle – yet still with undiluted riding pleasure. This is increased in 2014 by a further optimised chassis with even greater reserves. Hence, the Adventure R is aimed at all those who take the term “adventure” even more literally. The 1190 Adventure R is without doubt the twin-cylinder enduro with the greatest offroad ability. Period.
2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The KTM 1190 Adventure R is the only choice for all those who want to make no compromises when offroad with a travel enduro. Larger wheels – 21-inch up front, 18-inch at the rear – a whole 220 millimetres of suspension travel front and back, along with a fully adjustable chassis with even greater reserves in 2014 for tough offroad use, optimise its offroad ability. If desired, the 21-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels can be fitted with deep-tread knobbly tyres, thereby extending the field of use dramatically. Desert perhaps? No problem!
The following features distinguish the 1190 Adventure R:
» Complete MSC as standard
» Wider aluminium handlebar with “ball-burnished” finish
» Single-piece/full-length seat for offroad use
» Longer suspension travel for improved offroad ability
» 21″ and 18″ wheel diameters for improved offroad ability
» Standard tyres (90/90 ZR (260) 21 and 150/70 ZR (260) 18)
» Smaller windshield
» Steel crash bars as standard
» Centre stand as standard
» TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) as standard
The outstanding combination of lightweight engineering in the chassis and likewise very light and extremely powerful engines make the KTM 1190 Adventure R top of its class in terms of power-to-weight ratio and ride dynamics. Its weight of only 235 kg – fully tanked with a substantial 23 litres of fuel – makes the 1190 Adventure R, in typical KTM manner, one of the lightest motorcycles in its segment. Further reasons for the fantastic ride dynamics are the outstanding geometry, the very well-balanced stiffness distribution and the high quality of suspension components used. These ingredients not only result in nimble handling, but also in a boost to safety, since it is far easier to guide a lightweight motorcycle around a source of danger than a heavy one.
Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum stainless steel. The frame contributes to an excellent chassis geometry, it’s extremely stable and weighs only 9.8 kg. Consistent lightweight construction that contributes to the low overall weight of just 217 kg (ready to ride, without fuel) and 235 kg fully tanked.
» Highest welding standards
» Precisely manufactured tubes (laser-cut for perfect clearances, robot-welded, minimal welding stresses, etc.)
» High quality surface finish
Thanks to multiple setting options, the stable upside-down telescopic fork with 48 mm internal tube diameter and the shock absorber from WP Suspension allow optimum adjustment of the chassis to suit the individual operational use of the versatile 1190 Adventure R. For 2014, they offer even greater reserves in tough offroad use – with unaltered versatility!
» Fully adjustable suspension components
» Suspension travel: 220/220 mm
The die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is not only particularly light and stable, it’s also very precisely manufactured, with a design optimised in terms of flexural behaviour and stiffness.
Precise application, powerful and free from fading: More than adequate deceleration is ensured on the 1190 Adventure R by Brembo brakes with the very finest components, such as 320 mm brake discs, radially mounted, four-piston brake callipers and a radial hand pump. At the rear, the braking energy flows into a generously dimensioned 268 mm disc. And not to forget: Everything supported by MSC with Bosch 9ME C-ABS.
Offroad standards demand suitable tools: The 1190 Adventure R rolls on wheels with 21″ and 18″ diameters – those who really want to ride off into the desert will find a wide selection of genuine offroad tyres in these dimensions. Ultra-grippy and durable Continental Trail Attack II are fitted as standard in sizes 90/90 ZR (260) 21 and 150/70 ZR (260) 18 – extremely versatile and incidentally also incredibly suitable for offroad use.
TUBELESS SPOKED WHEELS
Wire-spoked wheels for tubeless tyres featuring airtight rim beds patented by KTM – appropriately for the offroad aspirations of the Adventure R in 21″ and 18″ diameters. The rims on the 1190 Adventure R combine all the benefits of a tubeless tyre (easy fitting and dynamic advantages due to no inner tube) with the stability and robustness of a wire-spoked wheel. This set-up makes the Adventure R’s rims substantially more resilient than all the competition’s cast and spoked wheels – an added bonus, especially in hard offroad riding.
With so much propulsive power, the front wheel can become very light, which can quickly lead to unpleasant kick-back on uneven roads or following a slight stimulus at the handlebar. The Adventure R prevents this safely with a reliable and sensitive WP steering damper.
C-ABS (COMBINED ABS) AND OFFROAD MODE
The ultimate in safe deceleration: One component of the comprehensive Bosch MSC assistance package is the world’s first lean-sensitive cornering ABS. Based on the high-quality 9ME modulator, it unites the talents of combined braking and lightning-quick, efficient pressure modulation with the high quality Brembo hardware to make the most advanced braking system on the market – no-one brakes more progressively or safely.
Benefits and properties of MTC-ABS:
» Safest and most effective deceleration on the market – even at extreme angles (optional)
» Extremely short braking distances
» When the front brake lever is actuated, the rear brake is always applied purposefully in parallel in order to optimise ride stability when braking
» If required, not only can it be switched off, but also placed in offroad mode
» Complex computation algorithms contribute to the prevention of endos
Offroad mode allows the rider to block the rear wheel as and when required – a prerequisite for committed offroad riding and deliberately executed slides. The ABS function remains active on the front wheel, even in offroad mode.
MTC (MOTORCYCLE TRACTION CONTROL)
As an integral part of the MSC package, MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) also regulates subject to the angle of lean. It guarantees sporty yet completely controllable propulsion on all surfaces. Its intervention is indicated with a flashing LED in the completely new VDO multi-function display. For different levels of permissible rear-wheel slip, the disengageable MTC system provides four different modes, selected in connection with the engine modes using the multifunctional switch on the left handlebar grip. Developed in close collaboration with Bosch, it reacts in a matter of milliseconds if the rear wheel begins to rotate too rapidly for the riding conditions. It also makes use of the quick intervention time of the ride-by-wire system to reduce propulsion to a safe level, subject to the angle of lean. Depending on the MTC mode, the EMS (Engine Management System) also makes available a suitable level of power – for example, “only” 100 instead of 150 hp in rain mode.
Four different MTC modes are activated by changing the engine modes:
» Sport: Something for the courageous to try: Allows a respectable and perceptible amount of slippage – drift-feeling all-inclusive!
» Street: Smooth control for comfortable, undisturbed riding with full engine power.
» Rain: Early intervention and minimum slippage in the wet, with engine power reduced to a maximum of 100 hp.
» Offroad: Up to 100 per cent slippage – i.e. double wheel speed – for ambitious offroad use. Have a go at controlled offroad drifts, with engine power reduced to a maximum of 100 hp.
» Off: Those who know better than the MTC can enjoy maximum propulsion at all times, completely to their individual tastes, without electronic assistance.
TPMS (TYRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM)
As its name implies, the standard TPMS monitors tyre pressure (visible in the display) and warns the rider in the event of pressure loss, for example due to tyre damage.
The KTM 1190 Adventure R is not only lighter, more powerful and more dependable than ever; thanks to low fuel consumption, a 23-litre fuel tank and long service intervals of 15,000 km, it also hardly ever needs to take a break.
OUTSTANDING PACKAGE PRICE
Work it out for yourself: Just like its sister, the KTM 1190 Adventure R is not only the lightest, most powerful and versatile travel enduro, but also the one with the best equipment package. As a result, you get – at an already very affordable entry-level price – so much more for your money than from any of its esteemed competitors.
Extensive standard equipment:
» MSC featuring lean-sensitive cornering ABS
» MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control)
» Multi-function cockpit
» Daytime running light
» LED indicators
» Adjustable ergonomics
» Adjustable windshield height
» Ultra-stable offroad spoked wheels
» Aluminium handlebar, ball-burnished and tapered
» Luggage rack and case brackets
» Servo fan
» Centre stand
» Steel crash bars
» TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System)
INCREASED FUEL ECONOMY
Although extremely powerful and comprehensively equipped, the 1190 Adventure R consumes about 20 per cent less fuel than its equally heavy (230 kg fully fuelled) predecessor with a smaller tank. Together with an impressive 23-litre tank capacity, the range is suitable for desert use.
LONG SERVICE INTERVALS
A unique mix of the highest quality components combined with a fully developed and reliable engine allows extremely long service intervals of 15,000 km.
VERSATILE AND ERGONOMIC
The KTM 1190 Adventure R sets standards for the whole travel segment: 150 hp with a weight of only 235 kg fully tanked combine to produce a power-to-weight ratio previously unheard of in this class and therefore delivering unrivalled ride dynamics. At the same time, the powerful, economical and cultivated engine enables either particularly relaxed and comfortable riding or, if required, super-sporty propulsion – with every conceivable level in between. The chassis combines lightness with outstanding geometry and fantastic suspension, which, together with completely new tyres for the travel enduro class, allow undreamed of riding pleasure in all conditions and whatever speed you desire, from very relaxed to very, very fast.
FIELDS OF USE
The field of use of the 1190 Adventure R extends progressively from pleasurable touring comfort to uncompromising acceleration. This extremely wide application range is made possible not least by the first ever deployment of the ground-breaking electronics package featuring Bosch MSC. What’s particularly impressive is that the bike’s different characters lead to virtually no perceptible compromises. Those who use the Adventure R for relaxed locomotion don’t feel any of the sportiness at their disposal (for example, due to sharp responsiveness or a taut chassis set-up). Those who ride more sportily don’t have to put up with a rocking horse. The many riding modes naturally support the user’s tastes as well. Whether it be alpine pass or coastal road, motorway or bone-shaking track, winding curves or urban jungle, the new 1190 Adventure R is the ultimate travel enduro for adventures on all the world’s roads.
Not only are the top-notch ergonomics of the 1190 Adventure R suitable for all riding situations from comfortable outings – alone or two-up – to lively acceleration on asphalt and furious offroad shredding – whatever the surface or location. The ergonomics can also be adjusted in many ways to suit individualists and riders of any stature:
» Two handlebar clamping positions: horizontal +/- 10 mm
» Two footrest positions: diagonal 10 mm high and back
» Plus hand levers with 5 reach settings
The single-piece seat is perfectly suited to the need for freedom of movement when riding offroad. Thanks to its state-of-the-art 3D foam padding, it also provides more comfort over longer periods and a better feeling for what’s happening at the wheels than a softer seat cushion – an orthopaedic benefit from tourers for tourers, from sportsmen for sportsmen.
The height of the windshield can be varied individually as desired or to suit the rider’s stature in next to no time with the easily operated champing mechanism (+25 mm).
The potent V2 engine with 1195 cc displacement supplies everything that a top-class travel enduro could ever need: powerful acceleration for offroad use, a powerful punch for tours fully loaded up, and 150 hp peak power when the chips are down. Fully developed after five years in a superbike, not only does the extremely light, high-performance, four-valve engine consume considerably less fuel than its predecessor, it also extends the service intervals of the 1190 Adventure R to a wallet-friendly 15,000 km.
The most advanced technology helps in adapting the superbike twin to use in the Adventure R:
» Twin ignition sinks both consumption and emissions and ensures smooth running and superior power from the very bottom up.
» Ride-by-wire ensures perfect application of the readily available and plentiful torque.
» MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) guarantees sporty yet completely controllable propulsion on every surface and in all situations.
» The new slipper clutch prevents rear wheel chatter and reduces the hand force required for shifting gear.
The guarantee for smooth throttle response, not just no throttle control cable: The ride-by-wire system on the 1190 Adventure R ensures perfect application of the readily available and plentiful torque. It also electronically translates the throttle commands of the rider into throttle valve positions perfectly suited to the riding conditions. The DBW system is fully compliant with the strict DIN 26262 safety standard from the automobile sector.
Not only does the new slipper clutch open when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also closes when you open up the throttle. The former prevents annoying rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating; the latter reduces the hand force required for changing gear, hence allowing the clutch to be controlled with the little finger – which saves energy when riding.
The main reasons for the outstanding performance of the V-twin with its 75° cylinder angle are the state-of-the-art four-valve cylinder heads with twin plug ignition, flow-optimised ducts and cam follower drive via DLC-coated cam followers, each with two overhead camshafts.
The smooth shape of the crank webs results in low-loss running of the crank drive; the modified weight distribution of the crankshaft and alternator rotor improve the ride quality. Together they optimise the load change behaviour of the engine.
DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) stands for an extremely hard, durable and tribologically (i.e. in terms of sliding behaviour) particularly well-suited coating, that KTM uses in many engine parts (cam followers, piston pins, etc.).
The forged piston structure borrowed from Formula 1 results in a high loading capacity, despite an extremely short and lightweight design. In this way, the reciprocating weight can be minimised and the responsiveness and free-revving nature of the engine maximised. New since 2013: all piston skirts have a state-of-the-art, hard-anodised finish. Not only is this particularly hard-wearing, it also minimises friction.
The twin plug ignition system controls the two differently sized spark plugs in each cylinder head independently of each other in such a way that more efficient combustion and a smoother, optimally controlled combustion sequence are achieved at all times. The result: even more and even better controlled power, lower fuel consumption, and less emissions.
State-of-the-art instrument cluster from automotive supplier VDO: central permanent LCD for displaying all riding conditions (plus speedo and rev counter with adjustable gearshift light), another LCD on the left for displaying the adjustable features:
» Favourites page
» MSC ride modes
» Riding conditions page for additional info, e.g. outside/oil temperature, on-board voltage, various trips, average speed, average and current fuel consumption, range, distance to next service
Different modes for the various assistance systems can be selected using a mode switch on the left side of the handlebar. It’s very simple and intuitive: “up” and “down” through the menu selection, select the desired menu item with the left button, confirm it with the right, job done!
2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R – Totalmotorcycle.com Europe Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: £13.799,00 GBP/EUR*
Design 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
Displacement 1,195 cm³
Bore 105 mm
Stroke 69 mm
Performance 110 kW (148 hp)
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6-speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 3 rotor pumps
Primary gear ratio 40:76
Secondary gear ratio 17:42
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch PASC™ anti-hopping clutch/ hydraulically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Frame Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Forks WP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorber WP Suspension monoshock
Brake system Front 2 x Brembo radially mounted four-piston brake calipers
Brake system Rear Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
Brake discs – diameter Front 320 mm
Brake discs – diameter Rear 267 mm
Chain 5/8 x 5/16″ X Ring
Steering head angle 64°
Ground clearance (unloaded)
Seat height (unloaded)
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 23 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.
Maximum permissible total weight 440 kg
* Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), the actual sale prices can vary.
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