2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R


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1190 Adventure R



The 1190 Adventure R has the heart and soul of the original KTM Adventure - puristic, raw, sportily challenging for rider and machine. This is the "non plus ultra" for sporty offroad traveling. Alpine gravel passes, desert pistes mixed with dunes, bad roads at the end of the world - This is the perfect bike. In 2014 it was the first bike, serially equipped with Bosch's MSC: Motorcycle Stability Control. MSC enhances the existing package consisting of lean-sensitive traction control and ABS featuring a combined braking function with a world first: the first ever lean-sensitive cornering ABS. Together with its sister model, the 1190 Adventure R has been turned into what is currently the world's safest motorcycle - yet still with undiluted riding pleasure. Hence, the Adventure R is aimed at all those who take the term "adventure" even more literally. The 1190 Adventure R is without doubt the twin-cylinder enduro with the greatest offroad ability. Full stop.

Standard Equipment
  • MSC featuring lean-sensitive cornering ABS
  • C-ABS
  • MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control)
  • Multi-function cockpit
  • Daytime running light
  • LED indicators
  • Adjustable ergonomics
  • Adjustable windshield height
  • Ultra-stable offroad spoked wheels
  • Immobiliser
  • Aluminium handlebar, ball-burnished and tapered
  • Luggage rack and case brackets
  • Servo fan
  • Handguards
  • Centre stand
  • Steel crash bars
  • TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System)
  • Design: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
  • Displacement: 1,195 cm³
  • Bore: 105 mm
  • Stroke: 69 mm
  • Performance: 110 kW (148 hp)
  • Starting aid: Electric starter
  • Transmission: 6-speed, claw shifted
  • Engine lubrication: Forced oil lubrication with 3 rotor pumps
  • Primary gear ratio: 40:76
  • Secondary gear ratio: 17:42
  • Cooling system: Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
  • Clutch: PASC™ anti-hopping clutch/ hydraulically operated
  • Ignition system: Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
  • Frame: Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
  • Forks: WP Suspension Up Side Down
  • Shock absorber: WP Suspension monoshock
  • Suspension travel Front: 220 mm
  • Suspension travel Rear: 220 mm
  • Brake system Front: 2 x Brembo radially mounted four-piston brake calipers
  • Brake system Rear: Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
  • Brake system: Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS
  • Brake discs - diameter Front: 320 mm
  • Brake discs - diameter Rear: 267 mm
  • Chain: 5/8 x 5/16” X?Ring
  • Steering head angle: 64°
  • Wheel base: 1,580 mm
  • Ground clearance (unloaded): 250 mm
  • Seat height (unloaded): 890 mm
  • Total fuel tank capacity approx.: 23 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
  • Weight without fuel approx.: 217 kg
  • Maximum permissible total weight: 440 kg
Safety Thanks to State-of-the-Art Sensors
  • TPMS (TURE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM): As its name implies, the standard TPMS monitors tyre pressure (visible in the display) and warns the rider in the event of pressure loss, for example due to tyre damage.
  • C-ABS (COMBINED ABS) AND OFFROAD MODE: The ultimate in safe deceleration: One component of the comprehensive Bosch MSC assistance package is the world's first lean-sensitive cornering ABS. Based on the high-quality 9ME modulator, it unites the talents of combined braking and lightning-quick, efficient pressure modulation with the high quality Brembo hardware to make the most advanced braking system on the market - no-one brakes more progressively or safely. Benefits and properties of MTC-ABS: Safest and most effective deceleration on the market - even at extreme angles; Extremely short braking distances; When the front brake lever is actuated, the rear brake is always applied purposefully in parallel in order to optimise ride stability when braking; If required, not only can it be switched off, but also placed in offroad mode; Complex computation algorithms contribute to the prevention of endos. Offroad mode: Offroad mode allows the rider to block the rear wheel as and when required - a prerequisite for committed offroad riding and deliberately executed slides. The ABS function remains active on the front wheel, even in offroad mode.
  • MTC (MOTORCYCLE TRACTION CONTROL): As an integral part of the MSC package, MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) also regulates subject to the angle of lean. It guarantees sporty yet completely controllable propulsion on all surfaces. Its intervention is indicated with a flashing LED in the completely new VDO multi-function display. For different levels of permissible rear-wheel slip, the disengageable MTC system provides four different modes, selected in connection with the engine modes using the multifunctional switch on the left handlebar grip. Developed in close collaboration with Bosch, it reacts in a matter of milliseconds if the rear wheel begins to rotate too rapidly for the riding conditions. It also makes use of the quick intervention time of the ride-by-wire system to reduce propulsion to a safe level, subject to the angle of lean. Depending on the MTC mode, the EMS (Engine Management System) also makes available a suitable level of power – for example, "only" 100 instead of 150 hp in rain mode. Four different MTC modes are activated by changing the engine modes: Sport: Something for the courageous to try: Allows a respectable and perceptible amount of slippage - drift-feeling all-inclusive!; Street: Smooth control for comfortable, undisturbed riding with full engine power.; Rain: Early intervention and minimum slippage in the wet, with engine power reduced to a maximum of 100 hp.; Offroad: Up to 100 per cent slippage - i.e. double wheel speed - for ambitious offroad use. Have a go at controlled offroad drifts, with engine power reduced to a maximum of 100 hp.; Off: Those who know better than the MTC can enjoy maximum propulsion at all times, completely to their individual tastes, without electronic assistance.
Top Price/Performance
  • PRICE/PERFORMANCE: The KTM 1190 Adventure R is not only lighter, more powerful and more dependable than ever; thanks to low fuel consumption, a 23-litre fuel tank and long service intervals of 15,000 km, it also hardly ever needs to take a break.
  • OUTSTANDING PACKAGE PRICE: Work it out for yourself: Just like its sister, the KTM 1190 Adventure R is not only the lightest, most powerful and versatile travel enduro, but also the one with the best equipment package. As a result, you get - at an already very affordable entry-level price - so much more for your money than from any of its esteemed competitors.
  • LONG SERVICE INTERVALS: A unique mix of the highest quality components combined with a fully developed and reliable engine allows extremely long service intervals of 15,000 km.
  • INCREASED FUEL ECONOMY: Although extremely powerful and comprehensively equipped, the 1190 Adventure R consumes about 20 per cent less fuel than its equally heavy (230 kg fully fuelled) predecessor with a smaller tank. Together with an impressive 23-litre tank capacity, the range is suitable for desert use.
Versatile and Ergonomic
  • VERSATILE AND ERGONOMIC: The KTM 1190 Adventure R sets standards for the whole travel segment: 150 hp with a weight of only 230 kg fully tanked combine to produce a power-to-weight ratio previously unheard of in this class and therefore delivering unrivalled ride dynamics. At the same time, the powerful, economical and cultivated engine enables either particularly relaxed and comfortable riding or, if required, super-sporty propulsion – with every conceivable level in between. The chassis combines lightness with outstanding geometry and fantastic suspension, which, together with perfectly adapted travel enduro tyres, allow undreamed of riding pleasure in all conditions and whatever speed you desire, from very relaxed to very, very fast. For MY 2015, the exhaust gets a newly designed shield for better heat protection of the rider´s and passenger´s feet.
  • SEAT: The single-piece seat is perfectly suited to the need for freedom of movement when riding offroad. Thanks to its state-of-the-art 3D foam padding, it also provides more comfort over longer periods and a better feeling for what's happening at the wheels than a softer seat cushion - an orthopaedic benefit from tourers for tourers, from sportsmen for sportsmen. From MY 2015 on, KTM uses new foam that feels softer but offers much more consistency. So, no matter if the ride was short or very long, the rider and passenger reach destination in comfort. Due to new luggage case mounting from the side, the passenger handles are placed lower and provide more generous space and comfort.
  • ADJUSTABLE WINDSHIELD: The height of the windshield can be varied individually as desired or to suit the rider's stature in next to no time with the easily operated champing mechanism (+25 mm).
  • ERGONOMICS: Not only are the top-notch ergonomics of the 1190 Adventure R suitable for all riding situations from comfortable outings - alone or two-up - to lively acceleration on asphalt and furious offroad shredding - whatever the surface or location. The ergonomics can also be adjusted in many ways to suit individualists and riders of any stature: Two handlebar clamping positions: horizontal +/- 10 mm; Two footrest positions: diagonal 10 mm high and back; Plus hand levers with 5 reach settings
  • FIELDS OF USE: The field of use of the 1190 Adventure R extends progressively from pleasurable touring comfort to uncompromising acceleration. This extremely wide application range is made possible not least by the first ever deployment of the ground-breaking electronics package featuring Bosch MSC. What's particularly impressive is that the bike's different characters lead to virtually no perceptible compromises. Those who use the Adventure R for relaxed locomotion don't feel any of the sportiness at their disposal (for example, due to sharp responsiveness or a taut chassis set-up). Those who ride more sportily don't have to put up with a rocking horse. The many riding modes naturally support the user's tastes as well. Whether it be alpine pass or coastal road, motorway or bone-shaking track, winding curves or urban jungle, the new 1190 Adventure R is the ultimate travel enduro for adventures on all the world's roads.
Torque, Power and Smoothness
  • ENGINE: The potent V2 engine with 1195 cc displacement supplies everything that a top-class travel enduro could ever need: powerful acceleration for offroad use, a powerful punch for tours fully loaded up, and 150 hp peak power when the chips are down. Fully developed after five years in a superbike, not only does the extremely light, high-performance, four-valve engine consume considerably less fuel than its predecessor, it also extends the service intervals of the 1190 Adventure R to a wallet-friendly 15,000 km. The most advanced technology helps in adapting the superbike twin to use in the Adventure R: Twin ignition sinks both consumption and emissions and ensures smooth running and superior power from the very bottom up.; Ride-by-wire ensures perfect application of the readily available and plentiful torque.; MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) guarantees sporty yet completely controllable propulsion on every surface and in all situations.; The new slipper clutch prevents rear wheel chatter and reduces the hand force required for shifting gear.
  • RIDE-BY-WIRE: The guarantee for smooth throttle response, not just no throttle control cable: The ride-by-wire system on the 1190 Adventure R ensures perfect application of the readily available and plentiful torque. It also electronically translates the throttle commands of the rider into throttle valve positions perfectly suited to the riding conditions. The DBW system is fully compliant with the strict DIN 26262 safety standard from the automobile sector.
  • SLIPPER CLUTCH: Not only does the new slipper clutch open when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also assists when you open up the throttle. The former prevents annoying rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating; the latter reduces the hand force required for changing gear, hence allowing the clutch to be controlled with the little finger - which saves energy when riding.
  • CYLINDER HEADS: The main reasons for the outstanding performance of the V-twin with its 75° cylinder angle are the state-of-the-art four-valve cylinder heads with twin plug ignition, flow-optimised ducts and cam follower drive via DLC-coated cam followers, each with two overhead camshafts.
  • PISTONS: The forged piston structure borrowed from Formula 1 results in a high loading capacity, despite an extremely short and lightweight design. In this way, the reciprocating weight can be minimised and the responsiveness and free-revving nature of the engine maximised. The top piston ring grooves have a state-of-the-art, hard-anodised finish. Not only is this particularly hard-wearing, it also minimises friction and guarantees optimal sealing for the whole engine life.
  • TWIN IGNITION: The twin plug ignition system controls the two differently sized spark plugs in each cylinder head independently of each other in such a way that more efficient combustion and a smoother, optimally controlled combustion sequence are achieved at all times. The result: even more and even better controlled power, lower fuel consumption, and less emissions.
  • CRANKSHAFT: The smooth shape of the crank webs results in low-loss running of the crank drive; the modified weight distribution of the crankshaft and alternator rotor improve the ride quality. Together they optimise the load change behaviour of the engine.
  • DLC COATING: DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) stands for an extremely hard, durable and tribologically (i.e. in terms of sliding behaviour) particularly well-suited coating, that KTM uses in many engine parts (cam followers, piston pins, etc.).
Best Possible Overview: VDO Display
  • MODE SWITCH: Different modes for the various assistance systems can be selected using a mode switch on the left side of the handlebar. It's very simple and intuitive: "up" and "down" through the menu selection, select the desired menu item with the left button, confirm it with the right, job done!
  • COCKPIT: State-of-the-art instrument cluster from automotive supplier VDO: central permanent LCD for displaying all riding conditions (plus speedo and rev counter with adjustable gearshift light), another LCD on the left for displaying the adjustable features: Favourites page; MSC ride modes; Riding conditions page for additional info, e.g. outside/oil temperature, on-board voltage, various trips, average speed, average and current fuel consumption, range, distance to next service
Chassis Features
  • POWER-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: The outstanding combination of lightweight engineering in the chassis and likewise very light and extremely powerful engines make the KTM 1190 Adventure R top of its class in terms of power-to-weight ratio and ride dynamics. Its weight of only 235 kg – fully tanked with a substantial 23 litres of fuel – makes the 1190 Adventure R, in typical KTM manner, one of the lightest motorcycles in its segment. Further reasons for the fantastic ride dynamics are the outstanding geometry, the very well-balanced stiffness distribution and the high quality of suspension components used. These ingredients not only result in nimble handling, but also in a boost to safety, since it is far easier to guide a lightweight motorcycle around a source of danger than a heavy one.
  • SUSPENSION COMPONENTS: Thanks to multiple setting options, the stable upside-down telescopic fork with 48 mm internal tube diameter and the shock absorber from WP Suspension allow optimum adjustment of the chassis to suit the individual operational use of the versatile 1190 Adventure R. For 2014, they offer even greater reserves in tough offroad use - with unaltered versatility! Fully adjustable suspension components; Suspension travel: 220/220 mm
  • BRAKES: Precise application, powerful and free from fading: More than adequate deceleration is ensured on the 1190 Adventure R by Brembo brakes with the very finest components, such as 320 mm brake discs, radially mounted, four-piston brake callipers and a radial hand pump. At the rear, the braking energy flows into a generously dimensioned 268 mm disc. And not to forget: Everything supported by MSC with Bosch 9ME C-ABS.
  • TUBELESS SPOKED WHEELS: Wire-spoked wheels for tubeless tyres featuring airtight rim beds patented by KTM - appropriately for the offroad aspirations of the Adventure R in 21" and 18" diameters. The rims on the 1190 Adventure R combine all the benefits of a tubeless tyre (easy fitting and dynamic advantages due to no inner tube) with the stability and robustness of a wire-spoked wheel. This set-up makes the Adventure R's rims substantially more resilient than all the competition's cast and spoked wheels – an added bonus, especially in hard offroad riding.
  • STEERING DAMPER: With so much propulsive power, the front wheel can become very light, which can quickly lead to unpleasant kick-back on uneven roads or following a slight stimulus at the handlebar. The Adventure R prevents this safely with a reliable and sensitive WP steering damper.
  • CHASSIS: The KTM 1190 Adventure R is the only choice for those who want to make no compromises when riding offroad with a travel enduro. Larger wheels – 21-inch up front, 18-inch at the rear – a whole 220 millimetres of suspension travel front and back, along with a fully adjustable chassis with great reserves for tough offroad use, optimise its offroad ability. If desired, the 21-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels can be fitted with deep-tread knobbly tyres, thereby extending the field of use dramatically. Desert perhaps? No problem! The following features distinguish the 1190 Adventure R: Complete MSC as standard; Wider aluminium handlebar with "ball-burnished" finish; Single-piece/full-length seat for offroad use; Longer suspension travel for improved offroad ability; 21" and 18" wheel diameters for improved offroad ability; Standard tyres (90/90 ZR (260) 21 and 150/70 ZR (260) 18); Smaller windshield; Steel crash bars as standard; Centre stand as standard; TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) as standard
  • FRAME: Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum stainless steel. The frame contributes to an excellent chassis geometry, it's extremely stable and weighs only 9.8 kg. Consistent lightweight construction that contributes to the low overall weight of just 217 kg (ready to ride, without fuel) and 235 kg fully tanked. Features: Highest welding standards; Precisely manufactured tubes (laser-cut for perfect clearances, robot-welded, minimal welding stresses, etc.); High quality surface finish
  • SWINGARM: The die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is not only particularly light and stable, it's also very precisely manufactured, with a design optimised in terms of flexural behaviour and stiffness.
  • TIRES: Offroad standards demand suitable tools: The 1190 Adventure R rolls on wheels with 21" and 18" diameters - those who really want to ride off into the desert will find a wide selection of genuine offroad tyres in these dimensions. Ultra-grippy and durable Continental Trail Attack II are fitted as standard in sizes 90/90 ZR (260) 21 and 150/70 ZR (260) 18 - extremely versatile and incidentally also incredibly suitable for offroad use.



Engine Type
2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75 deg. V arrangement, liquid-cooled
1,195 cm³
Bore and Stroke
105 mm x 69 mm
Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment


Front Suspension
WP Suspension Up Side Down
Rear Suspension
WP Suspension monoshock
Front Brakes
2 x Brembo radially mounted four-piston brake calipers
Rear Brakes
Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers


1,580 mm
Seat Height
890 mm
Fuel Capacity
23 L Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Dry Weight
217 kg


6-speed, claw shifted
Final Drive
5/8 x 5/16 in. X?Ring