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A Closer Look at the 2022 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

2022 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

If you are looking for an adventure bike, you should consider getting the 2022 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R motorbike. The motorbike is 22 pounds lighter than before due to its steel frame. Another reason for the motorcycle being light is its thin engine. Due to its lightweight, you can accelerate and get the most speeds out of it. Unlike most motorcycles, this motorbike has an easily accessible airbox. For you to access it, you only need to loosen four screws. Next to the airbox is a filter. The filter traps dirt and dust and allows them to fall to the bottom of the airbox. Filters are important since they prevent dirt or dust from clogging the motorcycle parts. It is now time to examine how functional this motorcycle is by looking at its features below.

Antilock Braking System (ABS)

The motorcycle uses Bosch 10.3ME for its ABS feature, which also works in cornering and off-road mode. ABS supports the rider while braking, including on slippery paths. The feature prevents wheel lockup, allows for optimal deceleration, and keeps the motorbike steady. Due to its functions, it is astonishing that most motorbikes are yet to have ABS. According to Bosch, the feature can easily address a quarter of most accidents. ABS relies on speed sensors that are at the front and rear wheels. The sensors monitor their rotational speeds. When a wheel is at risk of locking due to intense braking, the sensors relay the information to the ABS unit. After that, the ABS unit reduces the braking pressure, thus controlling the wheel speed leading to deceleration.


The method of starting this motorbike is through electric start. Initially, the commonest way of starting motorcycles was by kick start. According to Motorcycle Habit, electric start became more popular than kick start due to its user-friendliness. All you have to do is press the start button to ignite the motorcycle in electric start. Meanwhile, you have to repeatedly step on the ratcheting gear with kick start until the motorbike starts. Besides being user-friendly, electric start can save your life significantly. For instance, imagine a scenario where thugs are after you. All you would need to do is press the start button and speed off. However, in kick start, the thugs would catch up with you while you struggle to step on the ratcheting gear.

Cooling System

The motorcycle uses liquid as its cooling system. Initially, early motorcycle manufacturers used water as a cooling agent but later switched to coolant. Coolant contains alcohol, which means that it cannot freeze, unlike water. That means you will not have any trouble starting your motorcycle during extremely cold conditions. Besides being an anti-freezing agent, it is also anti-corrosive. Rust is normally caused by water, which means certain engine parts would be destroyed. Engines need to stay cool to run. That is because, during the combustion process, they generate heat. If the heat is not managed, it could destroy the engine. Motorcycles either use air or liquid to cool the engine, but the liquid is more effective since it stays in the engine throughout. Motorbikes that use air have to trap air and direct it into the engine. However, such motorcycles may not trap enough air, hence prone to overheating of their engines.

Compression Ratio

Compression ratio refers to a certain amount of air and fuel that an engine can squeeze. Therefore, it determines how much volume it can hold at a maximum size relative to the volume at its minimum size. The compression ratio for this motorbike is 13.1:1. According to Auto123, the compression ratio is considered high, and that is advantageous in several ways. First, the engine extracts more energy from the combustion process because of its high compression ratio. That means the engine uses fuel more effectively since it does not release any of it as waste into the atmosphere. Instead, it completely combusts the fuel. Since it does not emit any waste gasses into the atmosphere, it saves the environment from the harm of the greenhouse effect. The phenomenon is caused when carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. This gas then forms a blanket that traps a lot of heat from the sun. As a result, the Earth experiences abnormally hot temperatures. Severe heat can lead to sunburns or heat strokes. Also, a high compression ratio means greater horsepower for this motorbike. Due to a high compression ratio, more air is compressed, which means more heat energy is generated. As a result, you will have plenty of power to run on.

Traction Control

Some motorcyclists intentionally drift with their motorbikes, while others find drifting scary. Fortunately, the latter group can reduce drifting through this bike's traction control feature. The feature controls how much power the rear wheel should receive. It can do so by controlling a rear wheel's rotational speed. This feature is activated immediately when it notices that the rotational speed of the rear wheel is disproportionate to the engine speed or front wheel. Its traction control feature employs two different controls: pitch angle control and wheel slip control. Pitch angle control facilitates straight line acceleration. It works by reducing power when the front wheel is lifted. As for wheel slip control, it allows the motorcyclist to alter how the motorcycle should respond when riding on particular tracks. To adjust this form of traction control, you can adjust it through the TFT display when you are in track and performance mode.


The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R bike is the best adventure bike to get. Most adventure bike enthusiasts value a powerful motorbike, which this motorcycle offers. It has high power due to its high compression ratio and use of liquid to cool its engines. With high power, the motorcyclist can traverse any terrain. Since most motorcyclists love to speed, they need to be safe. After all, over-speeding kills, especially when they begin to drift due to the high speeds. Should that happen, traction control and ABS are here to rescue them from any accident. Even though these features are useful, ensure you retain a maximum acceptable speed.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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