Differences: KTM 1190 Adventure vs. Adventure R

Two very similar bikes but with subtle differences aimed at increasing the R's ability off-road. Here are 10 ways they differ.

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Submitted by Ben Cope on Mon, 11/02/2013 - 20:44

THERE'S a small amount of confusion when it comes to the differences between KTM's 1190 Adventure and the 1190 Adventure R. It's not just a case of different graphics and slightly larger wheel sizes.

There's a clue to the differences in KTM's own words: "With the new 1190 Adventure and R there is a more definite distinction between the two models than with the 990 Adventure. The R is definitely the bike for those who really will stray from the beaten path, fit some off-road tyres and go exploring - the bike is designed to do just that. The 1190 Adventure is more road biased, but still has firm off-road roots and was developed alongside the R with its off-road ABS and traction control functions."

So let's start with what parts the teo bikes share and over the page we'll highlight the changes to the Adventure R.

Both bikes feature the same frame and engine with the same displacement, the same power output and the same gear ratios. Both bikes feature the exact same version of the KTM/Bosch intelligent traction control system with four settings; Rain, Street, Sport and Off-Road and of course it can be switched off. They also both offer ABS, with an Off-Road mode that allows the rear wheel to be locked up completely while in this mode the front wheel's ABS has been designed to be less sensisitive than in road mode. The ABS on both models can be switched off completely.

The 23-litre tank size is exactly the same on both models, as are the Brembo monobloc brakes and the slipper clutch. The footpegs feature the same height adjustment and the bar adjustment on both models is identical too.

KTM's Electronic Damping System (EDS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can only be fitted to the standard 1190 Adventure. It's worth noting that the majority of the 'standard' 1190 Adventures coming to the UK will be fitted with EDS. KTM UK ordered a majority with the factory-fitted EDS following customer feedback after the unveiling of the bike at the Cologne show last year but you will be able to find non-EDS versions of the standard model.

Over on the next page we'll highlight the 1190 Adventure R differences.

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