2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure | Is It Really That Good?? 🤔

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I've been riding the new 2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure for the last week. This bike seems to get rave reviews so I had to try one for myself. Does it really warrant all the hype??


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  • loskiff

    loskiff

    11 giorni fa

    Looking forward to looking the multistrada review, keep it coming

  • dalton knox

    dalton knox

    16 giorni fa

    I like the cruise control on my 1290 SAS. Use it frequently on dual carriageways. Forget adaptive cruise control. Slowing down all the time - would drive me nuts.

  • 14 SGS

    14 SGS

    23 giorni fa

    Needs GPS and blue tooth. Everyone is mounting their phones and GPS to handlebars.

  • Magnum Muscle

    Magnum Muscle

    26 giorni fa

    Do the modes reset after hitting the starter button?

  • Steven De Munster

    Steven De Munster

    Mese fa

    Waaayyyy too much electronics. Does not hold for 10 years of year round riding.

  • Flatcap007

    Flatcap007

    Mese fa

    Don't need 160pS waist of time on adventure bike, needs dialing down for fuel economy and rideability

  • Jon Kelly

    Jon Kelly

    Mese fa

    “Horse like”hahah
    Why did they make it sooooooooo bloody ugly!😂

  • TzeiEm

    TzeiEm

    Mese fa

    Oh man, I wish the folks at Triumph are watching this and take a good look at how the menus should be :D I really like the fact that you can customize what is shown on the display, I wish my Speed Triple had that too

  • Tony Pellegrino

    Tony Pellegrino

    Mese fa

    can you buy one and sell it to me in the states as a used bike? they are not shipping this year to the US.

  • Downforce Racer

    Downforce Racer

    Mese fa

    Had the 1190 Adventure a few years ago. Even this was a blast. That engine had brilliant power and torque and was still fine on fuel consumption. It was real sporty to drive... And even this had heated seats and stuff. Only miss points were the e suspension.. It was too low in damping with full load / real sport drive. And the windscreen noises were so annoying... Had a lot of experiments to do... Ad the end a small mra spoiler lip was the solution :). Drove over 3000km through Europe with my wife with the 1190. Good times. Cruise control would be a nice add on on nearly every bike.. BTW chops : when will you test the royal Enfield 650 twins :)?

  • SKT's

    SKT's

    2 mesi fa

    Cracking bit of kit, but like you, I’m not ready to give up on the more sports orientated side of things. Once I’m 60, then maybe👴🏼👍🏽...

  • The Norwegian

    The Norwegian

    2 mesi fa

    Always cool too see different opinions. I have the new 1250 GSA and I just tried the new super adventure for a week to finally see what bike is better in my opinion. I did ride sportbikes before cbr1000 s1000r and s1000rr. And I’m 32 so I was surprised about the GSA. Cuz I haven’t changed my riding stile. It’s just more comfortable.
    The week with the ktm was fun. But I would never change my GSA for the KTM. I had a couple of electronic fails with the bike. So I had to stop turn off the bike and start it up again. The quality is no way near BMW and I think the BMW looks better.
    The KTM has more adjustable riding modes but I don’t really think it’s needed. The ones the GSA has are good. The KTMs power is a bit better but I do not miss power when I ride the GSA. It has really good torque. And I think the BMW is easier to handle/ride.
    The KTM can make the ride harder so it feels a bit more sporty and the quick shifter down is better. It is a good bike but I think the BMW is better. And in Norway where I’m from. If you spec up the KTM it’s 3300 euros more then the 1250GSA.
    But some don’t like the looks of the GSA or the image of being a old mans bike. But for me it’s the perfect bike.

  • Manfred Schopf

    Manfred Schopf

    2 mesi fa

    Yes it isBest adventure bike in the world just received mine can’t believe how good it is

  • batland04

    batland04

    2 mesi fa

    Looking at adventure bikes that good for commuting but also can do the long miles and has extra for weekend fun been looking at Tiger 900 rally pro how does this KTM compare and your recommendation?

  • Orpaztron

    Orpaztron

    2 mesi fa

    An amazing motorcycle but all the adventurers that weigh 250+ with fuel are not really suitable for off-road riding but for highway -and there I prefer the 1290 GT. If only KTM would supply a normal set of suitcases it would be the perfect motorcycle, for me.

  • Andrew Edmond

    Andrew Edmond

    2 mesi fa

    Bloody hell! There goes my dream retirement bike down the gurgler. Bye bye BMW GSA, hello KTM SAS. Brilliant review as usual brother, but I will name and blame you when my wife berates me for wasting money on a BMW T-shirt!! Ah well, I can always use a good rag in the garage.G'day from Oz brother.

  • Tom Traynor

    Tom Traynor

    2 mesi fa

    Hoping KTM builds all the new Superduke upgrades with these electronics into the next Superduke GT and THAT will be my next bike.

  • Antimortem

    Antimortem

    2 mesi fa

    I believe, the most worry anyone has in buying a KTM, was reliability. That's all. But, KTM doesn't have serious problems with its bikes, only annoying points only. And that was on the previous models. The newer ones are brilliant 👍 go KTM!

  • Jamie

    Jamie

    2 mesi fa

    I love everything about the KTM Adventure bike.cant wait to get one.cheers from Australia

  • night child

    night child

    2 mesi fa

    i love ktm but loks so ugly adventure and superadventure

  • theonlyredspecial

    theonlyredspecial

    2 mesi fa

    Always good to hear the rider has a semi on when watching a video. My missus was asking what I was watching and when I told her she nodded sympathetically with a half hearted smile as she gets how sad I am as well. Bike looks good mate. Good review as always. New gs is 136hp btw. But its putting out a very healthy class leading 143nm of torque around 6k rpm thanks to shift cam. this super adventure peaks at 140nm. Just food for thought!

  • Marijn Kramer

    Marijn Kramer

    2 mesi fa

    So, “MEGAmoto” is going to be your next project??😜

  • Si Raff

    Si Raff

    2 mesi fa

    Its got a horse face and some ball bags hanging off it. You had me crying laughing with that bit mate. The whole review was great but you dropped some gems in there. Top man.

  • John Harvey

    John Harvey

    2 mesi fa

    I know you go to Barnstormers BMW, I found out yesterday my friend Eddie passed away, I bought my first bike with him in 2010, and my current bike in 2015, I was gutted to here he is no longer with us. He was at Farrington for years and lately at Maidenhead. just gutted.

  • Matt

    Matt

    2 mesi fa

    Does an ecu flash allow you to enable the locked out good bits on ktm bikes?

  • Craig Gibbs

    Craig Gibbs

    2 mesi fa

    Can’t wait for superduke Gt 👍👍

  • Tibz

    Tibz

    2 mesi fa

    Have they done anything with the heat coming from the engine, burning your legs and ass. Never really needed the heated seat.

  • Eric Marsh

    Eric Marsh

    2 mesi fa

    I picked mine up last Friday. Sunday I took it out for a four hour ride on the Spanish twisties and autopisa. At this point I'm delighted with the bike. It seems to do everything well. If I have any complaint it's only that the engine tends to rattle a bit at lower speeds.

  • James Staff

    James Staff

    2 mesi fa

    Great review Chopsy. Would love this bike, but KTM need to grow their dealer network before I buy another one of their bikes.

  • Victor Sterie

    Victor Sterie

    2 mesi fa

    GS is the ugliest bike ever!

  • David Xu

    David Xu

    2 mesi fa

    I believe the tyres are Mitas not Maxxis ;)

  • Adrian Keys

    Adrian Keys

    2 mesi fa

    Hi Chops, please tell me what was the name of the throttle spacers for your Husky 701........im looking to do the same........love and watch all your vid's

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Duacti spacers .com I think is the website..

  • Alan Robinson

    Alan Robinson

    2 mesi fa

    Can't see past the fact it's BMW money with dirt bike treatment at the dealer

  • Justdad

    Justdad

    2 mesi fa

    It looks pretty good . How many people do recon play with all electronics?

  • Brulaap Gaapmeester

    Brulaap Gaapmeester

    2 mesi fa

    It indeed looks like an ugly horse.

  • Adventure 4 Life

    Adventure 4 Life

    2 mesi fa

    Awesome watch 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • InfusedBiker

    InfusedBiker

    2 mesi fa

    Great video. If you change to 17" wheel would you then need to change the speedo meter reading and lower the rear suspension to level it? But can you actually change the wheel to 17" though ?

    • ml529

      ml529

      2 mesi fa

      A couple of guys on the KTM forum have done just that and seem pleased with results. I think those were 2020 or older, though

  • Tony Diprose

    Tony Diprose

    2 mesi fa

    Great review, watched it twice. Seriously considering changing my 1250 for one.

  • fugly ucker

    fugly ucker

    2 mesi fa

    Great review, looks great, I wonder how reliable this will be going off previous KTM, s

  • Russ Mead

    Russ Mead

    2 mesi fa

    People are already picking them up for a grand less than RRP....

  • Andrew Hoffman

    Andrew Hoffman

    2 mesi fa

    Guzzi V85tt for me. This is an incredible bike but way too much technology and power. Just need 2 pots and shaft drive. Guzzi or BMW.

    • Bruce Cutts

      Bruce Cutts

      Mese fa

      Two pots and the simplicity of a chain drive!

  • DANgerus 1399

    DANgerus 1399

    2 mesi fa

    Scream face.

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Haha I did think that too! 👍

  • Mark Atchison

    Mark Atchison

    2 mesi fa

    Too many options for set up (as is with a lot of modern bikes). Why not simply make a good bike that does what it says on the tin?

  • gary lons

    gary lons

    2 mesi fa

    Hi Lamb Chop, I'l the guy on his fifth 1290 from S/W France.....I'm the first to admit that I thought cruise control on a bike was a waste but now I wouldn't want to be without it, not really for cruising but more for resting a little on a long ride.....but with all these electronic possibilities you have to ask yourself...How much is too much?

  • mabs bry

    mabs bry

    2 mesi fa

    Can I ask, do you think this is actually an Adventure bike anymore, or a super Moto/100% road bike? For example, it’s sheer power, the silencer that sticks out SO far from the frame making luggage (adventure necessity) options quite limited. I’m feeling it’s moved even further from it’s naming...?

  • mabs bry

    mabs bry

    2 mesi fa

    Adjustability of Seat, pegs, tft, were on last model btw

  • And Rew

    And Rew

    2 mesi fa

    How does it compare to the Multi V4?

  • Rob Thomson

    Rob Thomson

    2 mesi fa

    I would have to call that the KTM 1290 pony, can it jump over fences, it does look like a little horse

  • Arvis Gri

    Arvis Gri

    2 mesi fa

    Have you ridden a r1250gs with akrapovic headers? That setup is a beast, it has power all around the rpms!

  • gordonakelly

    gordonakelly

    2 mesi fa

    Is there any news on a release for the 2021 GT? THAT is the bike above all others that I crave
    #takemymoney

    • gordonakelly

      gordonakelly

      2 mesi fa

      @Lamb Chop Rides such a shame that the GT is always a year behind 😰

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Not that I've heard 😕 I think next year 👍

  • ronecc

    ronecc

    2 mesi fa

    The bike you rode must have the comfort seat on, because the one I rode felt like a plank and I only rode it 3 miles.

  • Fran Ky

    Fran Ky

    2 mesi fa

    Great bike, but for normal world riding I prefer my Africa Twin 1100 and added benefit - it looks much better... the KTM is too much of everything. Reason I sold my 1190 Adventure

  • simon robinson

    simon robinson

    2 mesi fa

    The more reviews of this bike I see the more it’s growing on me. I have a 17 plate GT and was waiting to see what the new one is going to be like, but this is tempting, it’s just the 19inch front wheel. Cracking review video

  • Pedro Brigham

    Pedro Brigham

    2 mesi fa

    KTM has great bikes, the best thing about my 1190 is that is light and very malleable, especially in urban areas, however, don't expect the same quality of materials of BMW or a Honda, KTM was the only bike I have owned that gets rusty with time even if they are kept in garages, but if you don't mind you that all the rest is very good.

  • Rushy67RR

    Rushy67RR

    2 mesi fa

    Great bike, too big for me but the real issue that can’t be tested on Journo reviews is long term reliability, only time will...

  • ToHardcore4life

    ToHardcore4life

    2 mesi fa

    Where is the big question everyone wants answered?
    Has it still got the dangerous and well documented high speed head shake?.
    Also the anti dive to me sounds like it's asking for the front to wash out when pushing hard on a less than perfect road.

  • Pip Pipster

    Pip Pipster

    2 mesi fa

    I’ve had the SA-R 1290 past 4 years … wouldn’t say agricultural at all. In fact, always impressed as to how it can hold a fixed speed by throttle position. And fast … Jesus !
    Never had dive problems.
    Only criticism - it’s never liked neutral.
    Overall 9.5/10.
    I’m sure this new one is an improvement, but previous one, ludicrously good (with a bigger TFT by the looks of it.)
    So if strapped for cash, pick up used previous model - I absolutely guarantee you will not be disappointed … and save £££.

  • KAB94

    KAB94

    2 mesi fa

    It's all just too much. Too many f%*#ing modes!

    • gordonakelly

      gordonakelly

      2 mesi fa

      That's why it has "auto"

  • peter barry

    peter barry

    2 mesi fa

    Great review👍 looking forward to your comparison to the multistrada. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the reliability of these two steeds.

  • G O

    G O

    2 mesi fa

    hi handsome. i enjoyed your video and review. i would like to see more videos. thanks.

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Oh thanks 😊 your in luck this isn't my only video 😆

  • John Valerie Welbers

    John Valerie Welbers

    2 mesi fa

    😎🏍💨💨💨💨💨💨👍🏻🇨🇦 nice review.

  • Ibra Careca

    Ibra Careca

    2 mesi fa

    Super adventure bike for 16k!

  • Engine Notes From Underground

    Engine Notes From Underground

    2 mesi fa

    All I want is a cable throttle, like 150 hp and nothing else between me and the bike. I don’t care if it’s an adv styled bike or a naked. I just want so terribly to buy a new bike, I’ve got the money, but no one sells anything I want anymore. And second hand bikes are fine and all I just want something fresh that’s mine. I guess I’ll just invest the money in my future or something stupid like that......

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Fueling is incredible, you wouldn't know it didn't have a cable!

  • CD

    CD

    2 mesi fa

    Great review you should check out Steve’s Howtoinfive good reviews also

  • Mr George

    Mr George

    2 mesi fa

    Chops still waiting on the new Tuono??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Yes me too! 🤔

  • Aby Alex

    Aby Alex

    2 mesi fa

    Is that the R or S variant?

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      It'd the S sorry did say R at the end 👍

  • no knee down ian

    no knee down ian

    2 mesi fa

    That multistrada is going to have to be perfect and come with free maccy d's to be that 😂

  • James Orme

    James Orme

    2 mesi fa

    When do we find out who won the smcr weight loss competition?

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Soon next video 👍

  • Nick Bennett

    Nick Bennett

    2 mesi fa

    More than an Africa Twin has in full power mode; ooo, ya bi*ch! 🙊🙈🙉

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Haha sorry Nick 😆

  • David Lacey

    David Lacey

    2 mesi fa

    Top review Mr Chop. 👌I'm pretty sure that the last multistrada had a 17 front wheel ?

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      No it used to, moved to a 19!

  • Richard GSXS1K Barnett

    Richard GSXS1K Barnett

    2 mesi fa

    No!

  • The Mancave Workshop

    The Mancave Workshop

    2 mesi fa

    Does make me smile review includes how much food you can fit under the seat .....
    Great review as ever

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Haha thanks 👍😆

  • Stephen Chapman

    Stephen Chapman

    2 mesi fa

    Would love one. Wallet says no. 👍

  • colinbarber1957

    colinbarber1957

    2 mesi fa

    The bike looks so odd it stands out, it doesn’t look boring.
    I agree about the dust bin trying to be an end can, the Tuono had the same problem, but the dealers did deals and I bought mine new (from Wheels) with an akra can thrown in.
    What’ are the seat heights available Chopsie, we’re not all strapping 6ft + like yourself.
    Great video, now tell KTM to give a no cost Akra up grade if requested and watch this semi rise to the occasion !

  • ringo

    ringo

    2 mesi fa

    Top bike
    Top review

  • TheMissendenFlyer

    TheMissendenFlyer

    2 mesi fa

    "Feels like a GS" - says it all Chopsy, says it all!! (I'll ignore your closing remarks obvs re "GS beater"......)

    • Bruce Cutts

      Bruce Cutts

      Mese fa

      ...and when you do test ride one make sure you have the anti dive active - as an ex GS owner (5 of them) I suspect you will feel as if you have a telelever front end.

    • Bruce Cutts

      Bruce Cutts

      2 mesi fa

      @TheMissendenFlyer as an ex GSA owner myself I think you have to admit they are not the most conventionally attractive bikes! a friend of mine looked at my old 67 plate GSA and said 'hmm, its a bit 'brackety' isn't it'. The new KTM is striking for sure but any adventure bike is going to struggle looking other than what it is, its in their nature to be imposing and distinctive, I quite like the 'scream' face the new one has.

    • Alan Robinson

      Alan Robinson

      2 mesi fa

      @TheMissendenFlyer On the money there, reminds me of a tea pot side on, so guessing a large Scotsman may have an affinity with it :)

    • TheMissendenFlyer

      TheMissendenFlyer

      2 mesi fa

      @Lamb Chop Rides ...maybe later in the year when all the fuss has died down a bit - undoubtedly a lovely ride but I can't get past the looks of most KTMs I'm afraid....

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Haha, you planning on borrowing one Andy? It's worth a look for sure 👍

  • eskimo427

    eskimo427

    2 mesi fa

    That really is a face only a mother could love!

  • CPU UK

    CPU UK

    2 mesi fa

    "It's got a semi on, and so have I". That statement alone made go to KTM and buy one.

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Haha 😆👍

  • sav1200gs

    sav1200gs

    2 mesi fa

    The seat is comfortable for hours another reviewer said his arse was waving the yellow flag after an hour..long test ride required me thinks.

    • Bruce Cutts

      Bruce Cutts

      17 giorni fa

      @sav1200gs I have had three GS's then the earlier 1290 and now the 2021 1290. It has the best of both worlds now. I love it.....apart from the seat and the lack or radiator protection (like the stock GS). Not a fan of the Euro 5 exhaust so waiting for Arrow to get their act together and produce a pipe with some oomph.

    • sav1200gs

      sav1200gs

      17 giorni fa

      @Bruce Cutts Hope you are enjoying the bike Bruce. Got a GS myself and considering the KTM in the future, thanks for the feedback 👍

    • Bruce Cutts

      Bruce Cutts

      18 giorni fa

      I spent a full day in the seat - no worse than my old GS but I will be ordering the Ergo comfort seat!

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Yeah I've spent 3 hours in the seat in one go... no problems

  • dsimon9 s

    dsimon9 s

    2 mesi fa

    Thank you for posting. Enjoyed your review. I am somewhat amazed how quickly KTM keeps updating their model range. I also believe, the KTM and the BMW are targeting a different demographic within the adventure community. So to say BMW-GS is better than KTM-1290 or vice versa is not fair to either brand. They both serve their targeted audience very well. Now I am looking forward to your Multistrada review.

  • Paul The Posse Dude

    Paul The Posse Dude

    2 mesi fa

    great review again chops , i’m riding the multistrada v4s at the moment, while akros go on my streetfighter, it’s a good bike , be interested in your view of the bike multistrada 😉

    • Paul The Posse Dude

      Paul The Posse Dude

      2 mesi fa

      @Lamb Chop Rides one think came to me on the ktm , though no one wants to drop it but low fuel tank gulp 🤭

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Very nice Paul, yeah I love the looks of the Muliti much more than the KTM. Hope it rides as well 🙏

  • Mostly Motorbikes

    Mostly Motorbikes

    2 mesi fa

    Great review matey 👏🏻

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Thanks buddy 👍

  • Stephen kiely

    Stephen kiely

    2 mesi fa

    What's your leather jacket chopsy?

  • Road Glide

    Road Glide

    2 mesi fa

    Looks fantastic! Have you reviewed that sweet AGV adventure style helmet? I normally wear Shoei for a more narrow oval head.

  • Joe Joe

    Joe Joe

    2 mesi fa

    Seems brilliant but has looks only a mother could love IMO

  • ykdickybill

    ykdickybill

    2 mesi fa

    Have they solved the water getting in the displays debacle ????

  • themeach011

    themeach011

    2 mesi fa

    Would you take this or the GT?

  • Jonas Emmertz

    Jonas Emmertz

    2 mesi fa

    Butt ugly in my opinion, but I like the screen - what it presented and the electronics. They are big enough to influence what other bike manufacturers will bring to the table in response, and that I really really like. It keeps the market from stagnating.

  • Rey Arisman

    Rey Arisman

    2 mesi fa

    On the most comfortable settings..How is the ride quality and comfort compared to the GS ?

    • Rey Arisman

      Rey Arisman

      2 mesi fa

      Is it noticable softer and more comfier than the old one? I have the old one and the gs. Compared to the gs the old 1290s rides really hard and harsh ove bumps even in its softest suspension.. If the new one is noticable more soft and comfortable only then im thinkin to trade up my 1290s

    • Lamb Chop Rides

      Lamb Chop Rides

      2 mesi fa

      Very good, very soft indeed. As I said amazing amount of range between comfort and sporty

  • Northernlanes

    Northernlanes

    2 mesi fa

    the word Fugly comes to mind, no doubt it rides well

  • johnjfab

    johnjfab

    2 mesi fa

    The looks remind me of a Wildebeest 🙈

  • Richard Witherstone

    Richard Witherstone

    2 mesi fa

    Seriously considering one of these, pcp deal , have the best of it ,give it back before anything expensive goes wrong, someone else's problem!🤔

  • Dangoth Dangoth

    Dangoth Dangoth

    2 mesi fa

    Great review chopsy also that’s a Lulvy jacket

  • Sierra Nevada

    Sierra Nevada

    2 mesi fa

    Great bike but shame about the horse face

  • Terry Brooks

    Terry Brooks

    2 mesi fa

    Did Kawasaki gpz900 not have anti dive on back in the glorious 80s

    • James Barnes

      James Barnes

      2 mesi fa

      It does, dads still got one, doesn't really work as intended though 👌

  • Terry Brooks

    Terry Brooks

    2 mesi fa

    Yep I totally agree put a 17 inch front wheel in it and paint it a different colour but not bloody orange 😂

  • J P

    J P

    2 mesi fa

    I'd never own one but I'd pcp one for the length of the warranty. These machines are expensive to fix.Nice bike mind.

  • Aldred Squash

    Aldred Squash

    2 mesi fa

    Only let down by cowboy KTM dealers....what a pity!

  • Davey T

    Davey T

    2 mesi fa

    Rode the 890 A yesterday. Motor was the best thing but then I rode a BMW.....

  • talking rock

    talking rock

    2 mesi fa

    It’s loaded with technology but fails in the appearance department to me , I think after a few miles it would satisfy even the pickiest rider thanks for the review Mr Chops and ride safe