Why We Picked It:
ADV riders around the world, rejoice, as the newly revamped KTM 1290 Super Adventure R, the dedicated off-road monster from Austria, has made it to global release in 2023! It was meant to be global last year, but had a soft-launch in Europe and North America only, while the rest of the globe continued on with the 2022 and 2021 models.
The 1,301cc LC8 V-twin is still the heart of the beast, but has been boosted over the Super Adventure S to make nearly bang on 160 HP, but on the Super Adventure R features three oil pumps for triple redundancy on long-distance off-road adventures.
All new for the off-road R is a scratch resistant 7 inch TFT display with a brand new navigation system for 2023, which now features Turn-by-Turn+ and the ability to set waypoints and diversions, all through a handlebar mounted switch. It also has the newest version of KTMConnect, allowing the bike to handle music, phone calls, intercom connectivity, the whole lot, seamlessly.
However, the off-road ADV crowd will love the new Bosch 10.3ME 6D sensor for lean sensitive rider aids such as traction control, stability control, selectable ride modes, ABS damping or even switching rear ABS off, and the like. The Super Adventure R also features a 21 inch front wheel and 18 inch rear, both full off-road tubeless spoked units.
Of course, being KTM, you get a full set of WP XPLOR suspension, with the rear shock having a full 8.7 inches (220mm) of travel, and the front feature full 48mm inner tubes for whatever mother nature throws your way.