2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R unveiled globally: Will it come to India?
KTM has unveiled the 2023 version of the 1290 Super Adventure R in the global market. The motorcycle will be poised in KTM authorized dealers from December 2022. Speaking of the India launch, it is highly unlikely that the 1290 Super Adventure R will make its way to the Indian market. This is because KTM India is currently absent from the middle-weight segment. They used to sell the 790 Duke in the Indian market but it has now been discontinued. Having said that, KTM showcased the 1290 Super Duke R and 890 Adventure R at India Bike Week 2022.
For the 2023 iteration, KTM has introduced a new white colorway and a distinct orange frame which is a nod to the race-bred lineage. There are no changes to the design of the motorcycle. It continues to come with a split LED headlamp which has a similar design to the 390 Adventure but the size of the headlamp itself is definitely larger. Being an off-road focused motorcycle, there are spoked wheels. KTM offers a windscreen, single-piece seat, dual-barrel exhaust and a full fairing.
The instrument cluster is a 7-inch TFT screen that now runs on a new user interface. It also gets Turn-by-Turn+ and KTMConnect App support. Through the screen, the rider can answer a phone call and can have the top ten favourite contacts. There are also different ride modes, adjustable and customizable ABS settings, illuminated switches, adjustable windshields, LED lighting, a remote key system and much more. In terms of safety features, there is traction control, stability control and an optional tyre pressure monitoring system.
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Powering the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is the LC8 engine that has lost 1.6 kg when compared to its previous iteration. It puts out 157 bhp and 138 Nm of peak torque. KTM is also offering a quickshifter as an optional accessory.