2015 KTM 1050 Adventure | First Look

2015 KTM 1050 Adventure First Look Preview

KTM 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):


Design 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
Displacement 1,050 cm³
Bore 103 mm
Stroke 63 mm
Performance 70 kW (94 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 185 mm
Suspension travel Rear 190 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 9M+ Two Channel
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 1,560±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 220 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 850 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 23 l

Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)

Weight without fuel approx. 212 kg
Maximum permissible total weight 440 kg


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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