• KTM PHILS. INTRODUCES ITS NEWEST DAKAR DUELER

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    FROM the motorcycle company that has claimed at least nine Dakar Rally wins comes the new KTM 1190 Adventure, which succeeds the legendary 990 Adventure on which many of the brand’s off-road racing victories had been notched. Last week, this new bike—along with its hardcore 1190 Adventure R sibling—was launched to the country by KTM Phils.

    In its latest rendition, the 1190 Adventure (priced at P1.090 million, add P100,000 for the R variant) packs the same engine that powers KTM’s super sport bike, the RC8—a liquid-cooled V-twin that displaces 1190cc and is fitted with dual plug ignition and Keihin management and electronic fuel injection. The setup is good for 150 horsepower and 125 Newton-meter of torque. Bolting on to this motor is a six-speed gearbox with a hydraulic slipper clutch.

    Significantly, KTM’s new adventure touring bike now sports electronic rider aids like a multimode combined ABS, which can be completely disengaged or set to off-road mode that lets the rear wheel to lock up; and traction control that can select Rain, Street, Sport and Off-road. As a KTM, however, this can be switched off, too. Also fitted to the new bike is an electronic suspension kit offering four pre-load and three damper setting choices. Simply press a button.

    Brakes for both 1190 Adventure variants are courtesy of Brembos front and rear, with the leading pair carrying four-pot calipers and the rear disc grabbed by a two-piston caliper. The bikes’ suspensions don’t differ, too—WP 48-millimeter forks and monoshocks in the rear—and their frames are both chrome-moly trellis steel.

    Besides bodywork (the 1190 Adventure R has less), the 1190 Adventure is marked by a lower ride height, as well as smaller 19-inch and 17-inch wheels, which KTM said improve the bike’s handling on the road. In contrast, the 1190 Adventure R packs 21-inch and 18-inch wheels and its suspension travel is a full 30 millimeters more than the standard bike’s 190-millimeter play. These, no doubt, allow the 1190 Adventure R more off-road capability to what should already be impressive prowess in the 1190 Adventure’s case.But then these bikes aren’t called Adventure for nothing.

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