2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R Guide

2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
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2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R: NO ROADS, NO PROBLEM!

Introducing the 2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R…

From the Skeleton Coast to the Himalayas, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is engineered to cross the wildest, most challenging terrain with unmatched ability and class-leading performance. Not only has it proven itself to be without peers in the large-capacity extreme adventure segment, but it also remains the ultimate READY TO RACE choice in travel machines for hardened cross-country nomads.


KTM announces availability of the 2024 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S and KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R, a pair of high-performance Adventure machines that leaves no road or trail out of reach. Wrapped in new livery for the new year, each class-leading model is engineered to conquer mile after mile on all types of terrain.

The benchmark stays but will you go further? The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S removed limits and boundaries for any motorcyclist curious to #DARE2ADV. How? The power, versatility, assurance, and technical excellence prompted riders to race into the unknown; safe in the knowledge that what they had underneath them would handle any requirement with a deft touch. For 2024 KTM has taken the rich base of the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S and added a fresh sheen.

Eyes will be drawn to the new shade, a more neutral but elegant hue of KTM’s graded gray aesthetic. The gray stretches all the way through to the forged aluminum subframe, engineered to offer a lower seat (at 34.2 in/869 mm or 33.4 in/849 mm), superb load-carrying capability, and contain a raft of components. The classy colorway spreads across the bodywork; chiseled to prioritize agile handling, front-end confidence, comfort, protection and houses the 6.07-gallon (23-liter) three-part tank with superlative fuel range. The tone is as fetching for a swift dash into the office as it would be for a blast across country borders.

Roaming roads everywhere and anywhere with the 2024 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is easy thanks to innovative navigation software. The 7” TFT display is a cinch for customization due to the infographics and menu system that gives the rider full control over the RIDE MODES, advanced WP Semi-Active Suspension, ABS settings and Adaptive Cruise Control: the combination of intuitive handlebar switches and access to the technical possibilities of the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is a major calling card for one of the company’s flagship models. Adventurers can also count on extra options with their navigation plotting. The KTMconnect App now boasts Turn-by-Turn+ guidance and waypoints markers while on the go and without having to stop and adjust any mobile device. The same functionality also extends to audio tracks and listing ‘Favorites’ when it comes to phone calls. Hands on the grips not only means gobbling more mileage but safer and more enjoyable interactions with the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S.

Let’s remind ourselves why the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is the ultimate high-performance Adventure bike. With a twist of the throttle, the V-Twin LC8 rumbles to life, unleashing a devastating spectrum of power, allowing the rider and machine to glide on cruise, dip through traffic, or devore highways with glee. The compact heart of the bike is carefully regulated by one of KTM’s most advanced electronic management architectures: it administers the suspension configuration and reaction, ride height, ABS, RIDE MODES, Tire Pressure Management, Anti-dive and more. The unit fits inside a light chrome-molybdenum stainless steel frame honed for handling the short blasts and mountain passes, as well as the long haul. The rest of the package befits a premium motorcycle for traveling: the LED lights, reengineered windscreen and adjuster, multi-part saddle, and light aluminum side-stand. The list and the specs have already been met with wide acclaim. The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S can be elevated even further with optional electronic packs, a Quickshifter+, and WP Suspension Pro, amongst other upgrades.

The second generation of the latest KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R will give a second wind. While the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S will pound the roads and cope with the dust, gravel and light, loose ground, the ‘R’ is orientated for hardcore offroad adventurers who want and need premium kit to level any landscape or terrain.

KTM redefined the upper-end of the Adventure motorcycling segment with the rejuvenated KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R in 2022. The winning combination of power, light weight, offroad agility and handling unearthed from years of DAKAR, Rally and Enduro excellence, state-of-the-art electronics and WP suspension, unbeatable travel features and styling meant that KTM was the only choice for riders that craved a bike that could do anything and go anywhere. The fresh, sporty 2024 white colorway and distinct orange frame are a nod to this race-bred lineage.

The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R delivered acute offroad positioning by harnessing all of the company’s experience, nuance and confidence in the sector, R&D and through competition. A model that can conquer a mountain trail as effortlessly as a mountain pass can count on the fabled LC8 engine, with an optimized heat system to disperse temperatures out and away from the rider, to deliver torque as gently or as forcefully as possible, depending on the terrain and the rider’s needs. All this control comes by way of the electronic rider suite which will churn out power suited for whatever the roads, rocks, or sand have in store.

The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R was enabled for the rigors of multiple surfaces by the advanced 48 mm WP XPLOR suspension, featuring split cartridge forks and the modifiable rear shock with 220 mm of travel. The XPLOR materials and the stock settings have been tested and refined for the characteristics of the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R. The suspension funnels the maximum level of feedback through the ALPINA aluminum spoked wheels; with an improved sealing system appropriate for tubeless tires. The 2024 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R carries Bridgestone AX41 tires as stock.

KTM invites all riders to #DARE2ADV, so the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R comes with everything people would possibly need to roam the globe and feel protected and capable while in the wilderness. From elements like a low screen, adjustable handlebar positions, honed and lightened bodywork, single-piece seat (34.6 in/880 mm), engine guards, and a robust skid plate, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is ready to meet any demand.

The KTM PowerParts collection is full of gear and protection for anybody to ‘align’ themselves further with their 2024 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S or KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R. In case there are any bike components that riders feel are missing for their particular trip – such as luggage, crash bars, or more aesthetic touches – then the options are plentiful.



2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

  • KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S:new gray color scheme with prominent black and hints of orange
  • KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R: stand out from the trekkers on the trail with a brand new sporting white color and graphic scheme
  • Never get lost or have direction doubts thanks to new Turn-by-Turn+ guidance and more travel navigation options
  • Dependable LC8 V-Twin engine means a world without limits and a motor that will conquer any condition or landscape
  • ChroMo stainless steel light chassis weighing just 22.04 lb (10 kg) and sculpted for cornering stability and more feeling under acceleration but based on long-travel Enduro sensibilities
  • KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S: Sophisticated WP Semi-Active Suspension hardware and software smooths out every route, all the time, any time
  • KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R: WP XPLOR suspension represents some of the most capable hardware on any KTM offroad orientated motorcycle
  • Adjustable and customizable ABS settings and RIDE MODES to traverse all terrain and meet any demand
  • Standing or sitting: ergonomics are a winner for comfort and confidence. Further options across the bikes with a wide selection of KTM PowerParts (11 different seats)
  • The complete adventure travel motorcycle with features such as: RACE ON remote key system, illuminated switches, 7” TFT dash board, adjustable windshield, LED lights and simplistic but advanced dashboard interactivity

Few excuses remain. The newest edition of the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S and KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R will be poised in KTM Authorized dealers from December 2023 onward. Get moving, get exploring with FULL THROTTLE ADVENTURE.




2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


With a sledgehammer hit of power and earth-twisting torque, the proven V-twin LC8 engine once again takes the accolades as the most compact, lightest, and best performing engine in the segment. Its greener too, and will deliver 15,000 km service intervals and low fuel consumption, trip after trip, mile after mile.


Helping the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R shift – in more ways than one – is a 6-speed PANKL transmission with a new, lighter aluminum shifting drum with optimized tracks for faster, smoother gear changes. Shifting forks have also been coated in copper to reduce wear and tear. This also helps the Quickshifter+ engage quicker for ultra-fast, slick gear changes.

PASC Clutch

Not only does the slipper clutch open when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also assists when you open up the throttle. The former prevents destabilizing rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating; the latter reduces the lever force required for changing gears, allowing the clutch to be controlled with one trigger happy finger – saving you energy while riding.

Cylinder heads

A key element in the smooth power delivery of the 75° V-twin is each cylinder’s state-of-the-art 4-valve DOHC cylinder head. These combine twin plug ignition, flow-optimized ports and a slick low-friction valve drive train with cams from each cylinder’s twin overhead camshafts driving DLC-coated cam followers.

DLC coating

Diamond-Like Carbon – or DLC for short – is an extremely hard, durable coating used in many engine parts, such as cam followers, to assist sliding behavior. It improves performance and our engines love it!

Twin ignition

The twin plug ignition system controls the two differently sized spark plugs in each cylinder head independently of each other. This results in improved combustion and a smoother, optimally controlled combustion sequence. What that means to you, is better-controlled power, lower fuel consumption, and reduced emissions.


The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R’s forged piston structure is derived from Formula 1 technology. The result is a high loading capacity despite its extremely short and lightweight design. The piston skirts have an additional state-of-the-art, Grafal® finish. It further reduces friction and is particularly hard wearing.


The extremely low crankshaft reciprocating weight enhances the responsiveness and free-revving nature of the engine. With a flow-optimized crank web shape, the particularly low-loss running of the crank drive is further enhanced.


The sixth gear serves as a long overdrive in the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R’s well-spaced gearbox. This saves fuel and adds to your cruising comfort.


Smooth throttle response is what you get, beyond simply being free of a throttle cable, which is why the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R’s ride-by-wire system is so attractive. It ensures perfect dosage of the readily available and plentiful torque, while electronically translating rider throttle commands into throttle valve positions, which are perfectly adjusted to suit different riding conditions.


Providing the bark for the bite, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R features a completely reworked exhaust system. Two new headers lead the exhaust gas to a hydroformed collector chamber with two catalytic converters. These, in conjunction with 3 lambda sensors allow the emissions to stay within the latest limits. Meanwhile, at the business end, a newly designed stainless-steel silencer provides a typically v-twin tone.


Thanks to a reworked airbox, riders can now easily access the air filter by simply removing 4 screws to remove the storage compartment ahead of the fuel filler cap. Also, the filter itself now features vertical ribs, instead of horizontal. Which helps direct dust or sand towards the bottom of the air box, without getting sucked into the filter slats. Overall, a better design for hardcore adventurers.


The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R now features 2 separate radiators instead of a one-piece unit. The result is better heat dissipation, and improved cooling all-round. Cleverly designed air ducts now also stream cool air towards the engine, not only keeping the motorcycle cool, but the rider’s legs cool too.


A new, reworked, and lightweight, chrome-molybdenum stainless steel trellis frame featuring laser-cut tubes, combines with forged elements for an ultra-strong component on the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R. The steering head has been moved 15 mm rearwards, to shorten the overall frame for improved cornering behavior, while the front engine mount has been rotated forward by 2 degrees to aid in hard acceleration, keeping the front end firmly planted on the ground.


Extended by 15 mm to optimize tracking stability in conjunction with the shorter frame, the die-cast, open-lattice swingarm retained it’s lightweight and pin-point manufacturing to provide stiffness and uncompromised control when hitting the dirt.


Serious offroad exploration demands hardcore equipment. The spoked wheels of the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R feature new and robust aluminum rims made for KTM by AKRONT, with an improved sealing system to make them 100% tubeless. What’s more, is that instead of the typical rubber band sealing the rim to prevent air from leaking through the nipples, the wheels have an O-ring seal on each nipple.


The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is fitted with high-performance WP XPLOR suspension which was co-developed with test rider Quinn Cody at the helm. A WP XPLOR fork with 48 mm inner tubes takes care of business at the front and has been derived from the successful KTM off-road models, and features split fork technology and all-new settings for even better offroad performance. At the rear, is a high-end PDS monoshock, which is fully adjustable in spring preload with an external handwheel, rebound, and compression including high and low-speed compression damping.

Steering Damper

Heading off the beaten track often leads to encountering some pretty rough roads. Thankfully, things are kept in check by a WP steering damper as standard. Linked between the frame and the triple clamp, the steering damper ensures things are kept tidy when the road isn’t.


Precise. Powerful. Consistent. Just as you would expect from a set of BREMBO brakes. Up front you’ll find twin 320 mm diameter discs, which are radially mounted, plus 4-piston fixed calipers. At the rear, excess speed is taken care of by a generously dimensioned 267 mm diameter disc. And in case of an emergency, Bosch’s two-channel 9M+ ABS is there to save the day.

Fuel tank

A completely redesigned 6.1 gal (23 liter), 3-part fuel tank. This is made up of two large fuel cells on each side of the frame, with an upper, central vessel that supplies fuel to the lateral units. The fuel cap is also new and electronically controlled. But the best bit? A storage compartment reminiscent of the iconic KTM 990 ADVENTURE has been included in the new design, complete with a USB socket and big enough to hold your cellphone, sunglasses, or wallet.

Ergonomics & Comfort


Wide, adjustable, and ready for long hours in the saddle, the high-strength tapered aluminum handlebars are designed to provide riders with greater control, and uncompromised comfort. Newly developed and robust handguards have also been designed for optimal aerodynamic behavior when it comes to high-speed stability.

Illuminated Menu Switch

Illuminated switches don’t only look good, but make sense when you’re out in low light conditions and need to locate the important buttons in the blink of an eye.


Where you’ll be spending most of your time, the all-new seat on the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is designed to guarantee maximum comfort, thanks to high-quality foam padding. This one-piece, stepped seat sits 34.6 in (880 mm) off the deck and allows for seamless rider movement when traversing difficult terrain. Accessing the under-seat area is also made easier, with the seat latch released at the push of a button.


Two foot peg positions: stock or 10 mm up and back (diagonally), allow riders to set the comfort level to suit their height and riding preference, which can make a big difference on a long adventure ride.


The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R boasts a short, adjustable rally-inspired windshield that has been optimized in the wind tunnel to provide maximum wind protection, but also rider movement when standing on the pegs and attacking tricky terrain. Adjustment is easy too, thanks to right and left mounted handwheels controlling 55 mm of screen height.

Bodywork & Graphics

LED headlight

Turning night into day, the LED headlight on the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R has been designed to light the way on any adventure. Flanked by cornering and day time running lights. This results in a clean, KTM-distinctive look which provides impeccable illumination with a wide beam pattern to light up the road ahead.

Software & Electronics


Taking charge at the helm is a scratch-resistant 7-inch TFT display. Unmatched in terms of graphics and readability, adventurers can access information on the fly, quickly and easily without navigating complex menus. This comes thanks to a 6-way switch cube on the handlebar and the quick select and favorites buttons. Connectivity is also taken care of by way of KTMconnect, which connects via Bluetooth for Turn-by-Turn+ navigation, music, and even answering calls. Still catching glare? The TFT screen is tilt-angle adjustable.

USB Phone Pocket

No bar-mounted cellphone cradle? No problem. A convenient compartment keeps your smartphone safe on the road. It keeps it charged too, thanks to its integrated USB socket. The optional incoming call and audio functions link the phone to the TFT via Bluetooth, so less time is spend staring at the screen, and more time is spent looking ahead.

Rider Aids

Electronic rider aids provide more control, performance and enjoyment to the rider under a wider range of circumstances. The latest ABS and MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) technology is designed to enhance your riding experience. Different ride modes are tailored for easy adjustment of the rider aid functions to suit a range of riding conditions. The simple adjustability of these features maximizes the powerful V-twin’s innovative technology and equipment across a much wider range of terrain.

MSC with C-ABS

Controlling traction isn’t only relevant when putting the power down, but also when you back off the throttle and get onto the brakes. Thanks to the state-of-the-art MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control) system made by Bosch, riders can push on in complete confidence. Lean-sensitive cornering ABS works in conjunction with the MSC systems to allows riders to always use the full power of their brakes while taking lean angle, stability, and road conditions into account. A unique Offroad ABS function will also allow you to push harder before there is any ABS interference.


A critical part of your adventure ride is, arguably, your tire pressure. Thankfully, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is fitted with a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) which monitors front and rear tire pressure and displays it on the TFT for easy viewing. Should there be any pressure loss, a warning will display on the dash.


Lean-angle-sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) reacts to any disproportionate slippage of the rear wheel. This is done via two separate controllers, reading wheel-slip and pitch respectively, making calculations and adjustments in milliseconds. The result? Both straight-line acceleration and cornering efficiency are unhindered with power reduction less abrupt – even when the front wheel lifts off the deck. Want to take the power into your own hands? MTC can be turned off for hardcore offroad adventures.


Failure to indicate is one thing. Forgetting to cancel your tune indicator is another. Thankfully, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is fitted with an Automatic Turn Indicator Reset or ATIR. After 10 seconds of movement and 150 meters of riding distance, the turn indicator will reset automatically. A big improvement in terms of safety, as it is now impossible to forget to reset the indicators.

Offroad Ride Mode

The real adventure starts when the tarmac ends. For that, we give you OFFROAD MODE. Once engaged, ride-by-wire smooths out the throttle response and limits peak power output to better suit offroad conditions. This means riders can lock the rear wheel with the rear brake- a prerequisite for committed offroad riding and deliberately executed slides – while allowing some wheel spin out of corners.Most importantly, the rider is able to hoist the front wheel over obstacles. The rider can also activate the Offroad ABS function to get optimal control in offroad conditions while maintaining front ABS intervention.

Offroad Traction Control

Offroad Traction Control allows a certain slippage at the rear wheel. This is for those moments when you want full control, without any unwanted interference mastering controlled drifts.

Offroad ABS

In this mode, three things happen – ABS functionality is deactivated on the rear wheel but maintains some ABS functionality of the front wheel, rear-wheel lift-up detention is disable, and cornering ABS is disabled. All this together means riders have complete control offroad with confidence. For advanced riders, it allows them to push harder before there is any ABS interference.

KTM Race On

Forget about ignition keys and mechanically locked fuel caps. The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is fitted with a state-of-the-art keyless-go system with a unique Anti Relay Attack (ARA) system which reduces the risk of misuse of the keyless system by preventing the ignition from being turned on, without iteration on the key fob itself. Too complicated? The ARA system can be disabled completely in the dashboard menu.

Cruise Control

The standard cruise control is ultra convenient on long motorway journeys. Switches on the left side of the handlebar and a display in the TFT dashboard allow the rider to intuitively set and change the requested speed, so you’ll arrive where the real fun begins with energy to spare.




2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R – Totalmotorcycle.com International Specifications/Technical Details
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Transmission 6-speed
Cooling Liquid cooled
Power in KW 118kW
Starter Electric starter
Stroke 71mm
Bore 108mm
Clutch PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
Displacement 1301cm³
EMS Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
Design 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps


ABS Bosch 10.3ME Combined-ABS (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode)
Front brake disc diameter 320mm
Rear brake disc diameter 267mm
Chain 525 X-Ring
Frame design Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
Front suspension WP XPLOR-USD, Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP Xplor PDS shock absorber
Steering head angle 64.7°


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