2015 KTM 1050 Adventure First Look PreviewKTM was expected to unveil a new model at EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, but we didn’t expect another adventure bike.
But that’s just what the “Ready to Race” brand out of Austria debuted at EICMA. The bike? The KTM 1050 Adventure, which is the fourth – and smallest – in KTM’s Adventure lineup, which also features the 1190, 1190 R, and 1290.The 1050 Adventure is highlighted by its smaller power plant, light weight (though it tips the scales the same as the 1190), lower seat height, and narrow cast wheels for easier handling over the larger Adventure models.The 1050cc, 75-degree V-twin engine was designed in the spirit of the 1190’s engine, and includes forged pistons, four-valve cylinder heads, many Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) internal parts, and a twin-engine system. The 1050 produces 95 horsepower, and power can be reduced for A2 licensing in Europe. This is a substantial decrease from the 1190’s 150 horsepower, and the 1290’s 180.Suspension duties are handled by WP components, including a 43mm upside-down telescopic fork and a rear shock absorber with preload and rebound adjustment. Wheel travel on the 2015 KTM 1090 Adventure is 7.2 inches up front/7.4 inches out back.Arriving with a trellis frame and open-lattice swingarm, the 1090 rolls on a 19-inch front/17-inch rear cast wheels shod in Metzeler Tourance Next tires (110/70 ZR19 front/ 150/70 ZR17 rear).Stopping the 2015 1050 Adventure are dual 320mm front discs squeezed by four-piston fixed Brembo calipers, and a single 268mm disc out back squeezed by a single-piston Brembo caliper. Like its older brothers, the 1050 Adventure features a two-channel 9M+ ABS from Bosch.Further electronics include three rider modes incorporated with a three-level Traction Control, which can can be switched off (available with optional Offroad mode that provides 100-percent rear-wheel slip).The KTM 1050 has similar ergonomics as the 1190 and 1290, but the seat is 33.4” – lower than the 1190 (35”) and the 1290 (33.9”).The 1090 Adventure is further enhanced with tasteful ADV features, such as an adjustable windscreen (up to 10mm), handlebars (+/- 10mm), footrests (diagonal 10mm high and back) and levers (five settings). It also arrives with a single-piece seat containing 3D foam padding.The entire package has a dry weight of 467 lbs. – the same as the 1190 (the 1290 has a dry weight of 505 lbs.).The 2015 KTM 1050 Adventure will be available at European dealers beginning in February 2015 for €13,150. KTM has not released any information on US availability or pricing, but we got our fingers crossed.2015 KTM 1050 Adventure Specs (European):
2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
70 kW (94 hp)
6-speed, claw shifted
Forced oil lubrication with 3 rotor pumps
Primary gear ratio
Secondary gear ratio
Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
PASC™ anti-hopping clutch/ hydraulically operated
Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
WP Suspension Up Side Down
WP Suspension monoshock
Suspension travel Front
Suspension travel Rear
Brake system Front
2 x Brembo radially mounted four-piston brake calipers
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!