2018 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

The California Air Resources Board has issued an executive order certifying the 2018 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S. Previously announced at EICMA last year alongside the Super Adventure R and T, the S version was offered in other markets but did not join its siblings in the U.S. as 2017 models. The CARB certification suggests that will change for 2018.

The S model is the more street-focused version of the Super Adventure platform, alongside the more off-road capable R and touring oriented T model. Like the Super Adventure T, the S model offers semi-active suspension, but it has the smaller gas tank found on the R model (6.1 gallons, compared to the T’s 7.9-gallon fuel capacity). The S is also the lightest of the Super Adventure models, claiming a dry weight of 474 pounds (versus 478 pounds for the R and 489 pounds for the T version).

Differentiating it from its siblings, the Super Adventure S uses cast wheels, with a 19-inch wheel up front and an 18-inch wheel at the rear.

The CARB document lists the same emissions as the R model, so we expect the engine to be the same 1301cc V-Twin derived from the Super Duke R, claiming 158 hp at 8750 rpm. Of course, all of this information is assuming no changes from the 2017 models. We don’t expect any changes, as these models were just announced last year, but we can’t rule out any minor updates.

We’ll find out for sure when KTM has not officially announced the 1290 Super Adventure S, but we expect it will be included when the Austrian company announces the rest of its 2018 U.S. lineup.

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