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2018 KTM 1090 Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure S

September/October 2018

2018 KTM 1090 Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure S

Both of these adventurers suffer from an enviable identity crisis. Either one can roam into the other’s terrain and feel quite at home. The crossover gap between the two machines widens in direct proportion to the difficulty of the terrain.
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2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L & 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

May/June 2018

2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L & 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Jim’s Riding Impressions 2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L This Africa Twin had the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which allows either completely automatic gear shifting or pushbutton sequential shifting. The combination of a torquey two-cylinder, liter-sized engine and the DCT’s propensity for upshifting at relatively low RPMs, when in automatic mode, often made for a jerky throttle response.
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2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R: A Serious Dual Sport

July/August 2017

2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R: A Serious Dual Sport

It’s the most off-road-capable model bearing the Adventure name. The 1190 is no longer, having been replaced by the 1290 Super Adventure R with an increase in displacement. Visually, the Super looks similar to the 1190. The lighter, more agile 1090 Adventure R is more enduro than travel yet still puts out 125 hp. Packed with all the fancy electronics that make a good rider out of the average, especially on the loose stuff, it costs less than $ 15,000.
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2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT: The Jack of All Trades

July/August 2016

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT: The Jack of All Trades

In German, there’s a word that 
describes an animal that lays eggs, has the meat of a pig, and provides milk and wool. In short: something that’s good for everything. Nature knows that this is difficult to achieve. That’s why she created such a wide variety of species. Translated into 
motorcycle language, we find cruisers, 
dual-sport bikes, touring bikes, and sport machines. KTM combines the latter two into one motorcycle and calls it a sports tourer, a ride too fat for ultimate sporting fun but not as comfortable as a real touring 
machine—a compromise. That’s what I thought when I went to the 1290 Super Duke GT global 
press launch on the Spanish island of 
Mallorca. I was soon proven wrong.
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2015 KTM 1290: Super Adventure Long Distance Touring with Oomph

May/June 2015

2015 KTM 1290: Super Adventure Long Distance Touring with Oomph

Yes, it’s a KTM. No, it’s not an off-road motorcycle. Since the rise in popularity of large displacement dual sport bikes, many riders automatically assume that an upright seating position equals dirt riding, especially with these three letters on the tank. Not so. Even though “Adventure” is in the name, this motorcycle would more aptly fall in the luxury sport-touring category, or more specifically, travel enduro (a term that hasn’t quite caught on in the States). Sure one can ride gravel roads with the Super Adventure, as with any motorcycle, but let’s not kid ourselves. This is a street bike.
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