I have been considering the KTM 1290 GT for some time, but I was never 100% convinced that it was the right next big bike to take over from the 990 SMT.

But then the 1290 Super Adventure S arrived on the market and that made the decision easy 🙂

I got the very first Super Adventure S in Denmark, and it’s the most impressive bike I have ever been riding.


Here are the first impressions:
First, I’m now completely convinced that a bike with 19” front wheel can be both completely stable and flickable at the same time. I’m not sure how KTM did this with a bigger front wheel and the rather long wheelbase, but the bike is as easy and fast to throw into a corner as my SMT (that was also 10 kgs lighter). But they did it for sure.

Engine: Obviously has stupid amounts of power like on the 1290 GT or 1290 R, but they refined the engine for 2017 so it is actually super smooth low down. amazing that they could do this on a 1,3 liter V-twin, but I would never have believed that I could run the bike at less than 2000 RPM