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KTM 1290 Super Adventure R (2017-2020) maintenance schedule

2017 2018 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R profile

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for KTM’s premium adventure tourer, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R, made between 2017 and 2020.

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure range was first announced in 2014 for the 2015 model year, and the first KTM 1290 Super Adventure R was released in 2017, with a more road-going variant being the 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S, and a touring model, the Super Adventure T (made in 2017 only).

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure motorcycles are all based around the 1301cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine borrowed initially from the 1290 Super Duke R, but with different cam tuning and a heavier crankshaft. The engine makes 118 kW (160 bhp) at 8750 rpm, with 80% of its peak 140 Nm (104 ft-lb) of torque available at just 2,500 rpm.

There were three models in the KTM 1290 Super Adventure range released for the 2017 model year:

PartKTM 1290 Super Adventure SKTM 1290 Super Adventure T
(2017 only)
KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
Intended use“Sports”“Touring”“Off-road”
Fuel tank23L30L23L
SuspensionWP semi-activeWP semi-activeWP (non-active)
Wheels19/17-inch cast19/17-inch spoked21/18-inch spoked
Min seat height860mm (34 in)860mm (34 in)890mm (35 in)
Weight (without fuel/full fuel)222/238 kg229/249 kg224/240 kg
External featuresNothing notableLuggage, hand guardsCrash bars, hand guards
Comparing key features between the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S, R, and T (2017)

KTM dropped the 1290 Super Adventure T in 2018, so there’s no more version of the 1290 Super Adventure with a giant 30L fuel tank.

The R model was completely new for 2017. It received

  • Fully adjustable WP suspension with 220mm (8.7 inches) of travel
  • 21/18-inch wire spoke wheels
  • Crash protection
  • A split headlight design, with cornering lights

KTM upgraded the range again a few years later with the 2021 KTM Super Adventure R.

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Maintenance schedule for the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R (2017-2020)

Below is the maintenance schedule for the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R (2017-2020).

Maintenance schedule intervals for the 1290 Super Adventure R are 15,000 km (9300 mi), with a major service (valve service & new plugs) every two intervals.

After the end of the service schedule, keep repeating it in this pattern.

The maintenance schedule in the manual is broken up into two sections — required maintenance and recommended maintenance (but you should do both).

Required maintenance

miles x 10000.629.318.6
km x 100011530Every
[Dealer] Read out the trouble code memory using the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
Check that the electrical system is functioning properly.Year
Change the engine oil and the oil filter and clean the oil screens.
Use JASO MA-spec full synthetic 10W-50, or 5W-40 if your bike goes below the freezing point of water. KTM recommends Motorex Power Synt 4T 10W-50.
Year
Check the front brake linings.Year
Check the rear brake linings.Year
Check the brake discs.Year
Check the brake lines for damage and tightnessYear
Change the front brake fluid.2 years
Change the rear brake fluid.2 years
Change the hydraulic clutch fluid.2 years
Check the brake fluid level of the front brake.Year
Check the rear brake fluid level.Year
Check/correct the fluid level of the hydraulic clutch.Year
Check the shock absorber and fork for leaks. Perform service as needed and depending on how the vehicle is used.Year
Clean the dust boots of the fork legs
Check the steering head bearing play.Year
Check the tire conditionYear
Check the tire air pressureYear
Retighten the spokes
Check the spoke tensionYear
Check the rim run-outYear
Check the chain, rear sprocket, and engine sprocket.Year
Check the chain tensionYear
Change the spark plugs (air filter removed)
– Inside spark plug: NGK LKAR9BI-10
– Outside spark plug: NGK LMAR7DI-10
Check the valve clearance (air filter and spark plugs removed)
Change the SAS membrane
Check the cables for damage and routing without kinks (fuel tank removed)Year
Check the coolant level in the compensating tank.Year
Change the air filter, clean the air filter box.
Check the fuel pressure.Year
Check the CO adjustment using the KTM diagnostics tool.
Check the headlight setting
Check that the radiator fan is functioning properly.Year
Final check: Check the vehicle for safe operation and take a test ride.Year
[Dealer] Read out the error memory after the test ride using the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
[Dealer] Set the service interval display using the KTM diagnostic toolYear
[Dealer] Make a service entry in KTMDealer.netYear
KTM 1290 Super Adventure R (2017-2020) Maintenance Schedule

Recommended maintenance

miles x 10000.629.318.6
km x 100011530Every
Check the frame
Check the swingarm
Check/clean the oil nozzle for clutch lubrication
Check the swingarm bearing for play
Check the wheel bearing for play
Grease all moving parts (e.g. side stand, hand lever, chain) and check for smooth operation.
– Use lithium soap-based grease for major moving parts
– Use Motul chain paste for the chain
Year
Empty the drainage hosesYear
Check all hoses (fuel, coolant, bleeder, drainage etc.) and sleeves for cracking, leaks, and incorrect routingYear
Check the screws and nuts for tightnessYear
Check the antifreezeYear
Change the coolant4 years
KTM 1290 Super Adventure R (2017-2020) Maintenance Schedule

Wheels and Tyres for the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure R ships with 21/18-inch spoked rims and “100% tubeless” tyres.

Here are the tyre sizes and recommended pressures for longevity (not optimised for your ride style or desired handling/grip level).

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front90/90-21 M/C 5RV TL35 psi (2.4 bar)
Back150/70 ZR 18 M/C 70W TL42 psi (2.9 bar)
KTM 1290 Super Adventure R recommended tyre sizes and pressures

About the 2017-2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

2017 2018 2019 2020 KTM 1290 Super Aventure R RHS rear offroad

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is KTM’s biggest adventure touring motorcycle.

KTM has been doing adventure touring for a long time. They’ve earned a reputation for making big adventure tourers that aren’t just capable of crossing deserts — they’re also exciting to ride.

Since launch in the 2015 model year with the original KTM 1290 Adventure, the 1290 range has always been immensely powerful, only matched in recent years by the big adventure tourers from Ducati and BMW, like the Ducati Multistrada 1260.

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure motorcycles are based around the now long-standing LC8 engine. It’s a huge 1301cc liquid-cooled 8-valve 75-degree V-twin that makes 118 kW (160 hp) of peak power at 8,750 rpm in the 2017-2020 incarnation, and 140Nm of torque — with most of that available at 2,500 rpm.

The 1290 Super Adventure R was an all-new model for 2017. It was much more than a big-bore 1190 Adventure R — a lot of it was higher spec.

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure R (2017) was stacked with premium features, including

  • Cornering combined ABS, lean angle-sensitive traction control that allows up to 100% rear wheel slippage for controlled drifting
  • Cruise control
  • Electronic suspension
  • Ride modes (including “off”)
  • A 7-inch TFT display
  • Electronic ignition key
  • Standard tyre pressure monitoring system

Basically — this is an extremely high-tech travel enduro.

Manual for the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R (2017-2020)

The above maintenance schedule comes from the user’s manual for the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R for 2017.

2017 2018 2019 2020 KTM 1290 Adventure R maintenance schedule
Maintenance schedule table for the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R – 2017

You can get the user manual directly from KTM’s website.

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