2015 KTM 1050 Adventure Is Light and Maneuverable at EICMA 2014

The Austrians at KTM have just pulled the wraps off their new 1050 Adventure at the EICMA show in Milan today and we have to admit, we can't wait to take a short ride though the forest in this thing.
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The 1050 is a new arrival to the Adventure range, which already includes the 1190, 1190 R and the bigger 1290. At its core is a 1050cc V-twin making 95 horsepower, which might seem a bit underpowered when compared to the 160 hp of a full-spec Adventure.

However, the 1050 is intended to be used by A2 license holders, an optional restrictor kit making it suitable for novice riders. On that same page, standard equipment includes ABS, ride-by-wire throttle and traction control, so the 212 kilogram Adventure bike should prove easy to take down the trail, it's biggest forte being maneuverability, according to the officials we spoke to.

The electronics package on this bike is what you'd expect from a 2015 model year. It features KTM Ride Model technology, which means you can select how much slippage you will allow on the rear wheel.

KTV has impressed us with their suspension and braking systems the over the past year or so, and the 1050 Adventure seems like it will not disappoint. Its rotors are from Brembo and the shocks are WP. There a large twin 320mm discs up front with four-piston fixed calipers and a radial master cylinder. At the rear is a 268mm disc. The front The inverted 43mm forks are not adjustable, but the rear shock is adjustable for preload and rebound.

"In addition, the refined V2 engine with a state-of-the-art engine management and ride-by-wire throttle offers everything that a top quality travel enduro needs. And with first-rate WP Suspension components and the unsurpassed brakes by global market leader Brembo, the chassis easily copes with all challenges arising from the wide range of missions the KTM 1050 Adventure is capable of," KTM boasts.

The optional extras

The Austrians really thew everything at the EICMA bike, just to show that it's not only for the novices, but also for the brand connoisseurs. It's got GPS for those who want to take it everywhere without getting lost. From KTM's Travel range, we also have some pretty impress metallic luggage packs and even creature comforts like the heated seats, grips and alarm system.

One question though: If this is a travel enduro, why does it have cast wheels? That's what we asked KTM at EICMA and were told the 1050 is aimed less at people who want to go offroading and more at those who want longer journeys.

European pricing is set at €13,150 and the 1050 is officially not coming to America… for now.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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