Go far, strong, everywhere, without limits. Crossing a few rivers and then sucking a Porsche, these are the promises of the KTM Adventures. The 1190 blows hard, the 1290 rushes into the bidding. The competition is so fierce that the competition is on the same level as in the hypersports clan.
No, answers the 1050 Adventure. She is the little one of the family, the one who wants to share the KTM enduro-GT spirit with as many people as possible. And although presenting itself as an entry level, it begins the path with already something to talk about. Let’s get on well: in terms of equipment and power, the 1050 and its big sisters do not play at all in the same register. But when you chat with a twin that exceeds the liter of displacement, you are immediately regarded with a certain respect. This Adventure has the same physique as the 1190, and smells exactly the same pebbly scent. So what is she really hiding under her numbering ?
You will understand, this Adventure is less supplied in cubage and therefore in watts. The engine is still the LC8 block derived from the RC8-R sports car. A little less bore and stroke brings the ardor of the block back to values closer to daily use. Here we have 95 horsepower and a still substantial torque of 10.7 mkg. OK, you can’t go teasing the 911, but it’s pretty much the same values as a 2008 990 Adventure, which is already doing very well on its terrain. And, little bonus, this power of "good aloi" allows the 1050 Adventure to be bridle for the A2 license. Its two power profiles and a more aggressive price (around 2,000 euros less than the 1190) greatly broaden its area of influence. Apart from the lower cubage, the block shares the same technology as the 1190: dual ignition, forged pistons, DLC coating, anti-dribble clutch, 15,000 km service interval.
To justify the more flexible price of this version, the manufacturer has removed the filling from the pizza, without removing the taste. Not bad as a balancing act. Let’s see what releases and what we leave on the dough:
First game to differentiate the members of the family, the 7 errors. Place an 1190 and 1050 next to each other to really perceive them. So, a little less paint on the sidewalls, rims with sticks, a one-piece saddle, the fork adjustments which are made the trunk while the shock absorber preserves the rebound and the preload wheel, narrower tires, tubes 43 mm fork height instead of 48 mm, loss of cruise control and removal of the center stand.
So less power, less equipment, but we are far, far from a low-cost machine. The 1050 has managed to keep most of the Adventure, with a lot of parts in its purse to allow the pilot to go trudge where good Katoche sings to him. First, we get comfortable: the footrests and the handlebars can be adjusted to 10 mm, the screen is adjustable to 25 mm, and we take the time to go to the conveniences because the 23 liters of the reservoir allow you to see beautiful stages; especially since the 95 nags will be less thirsty than the edgy herd of the 1190. We have just seen the ergonomics, let’s move on to the chassis. True to KTM, a tubular chrome-molybdenum trellis frame weighing less than 10 kilos, Brembo brakes with 4-piston radial calipers and 320mm track at the front, a 268mm disc at the rear, 19 and 17 inch rims, a very reasonable dry weight of 212 kilos (same as the 1190) and a typical Mattighofen grooved swingarm. By abandoning the spoked rims, the 1050 skips the pure offroad but does not prohibit a few excursions in the forest and the like. The WP suspensions with 185 mm of travel up front and 190 in the rear put the Adventure high on its feet and more comfortable to overcome some benign or malicious asperities. On a daily basis as on weekends, the Adventure, like all maxi-trails, will spend most of its time on the road. The standard equipment, although somewhat reduced compared to the big sisters, is still generous, even more than sufficient for the use of this motorcycle..
An Adventure means asphalt and dust, and since the arrival of the 1190, it contains as much electronics as a sports car. The 1050 takes most of it. Bosch supplies the ABS, which can be disengaged, in its 9M + version; here, the mode "All Terrain" is optional, and the MSC stability system is not integrated. Traction control is there too, with 3 modes (sport, road, or rain) and an off position. As with ABS, a mode "offroad" is in the range of options. The different injection maps will allow the rider to adjust the bike to his mood. We also find the same dashboard, complete and perfectly intuitive.
The 1050 wants to allow the Adventure to find the essence of its first models, without the madness of horses. Less demanding, it will allow to keep the taste for trekking of its big sisters for a less salty addition, with more ease of conduct and the same rewarding size. It will just be necessary to accept to lose 35% of power, 2 mkg of torque, some adjustments and a little electronic assistance. The KTM-style enduro-GT can now be enjoyed in many ways. Take advantage of the fundamentals with the 1050, sporty travel with the 1190, ride in the 1190 R, or rub shoulders with the pinnacle of the segment with the 1290.
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The technical aspect
KTM 1050 Adventure 2015
- Tank: 23 liters
- Height: 1491 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,560 mm
- Dry weight: 212 kg
- Weight in running order: 230 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(103 x 63 mm)
at 6,200 rpm
at 5,750 rpm