Party like a rock star- KTM 1190 Adventure Middle East Launch

March 17th, 2013- LEBANON- The all new 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure and KTM 1190 Adventure R was recently launched in Beirut, Lebanon. This was the Middle East lauch for the bikes and our KTM Dealer, KTM Lebanon, pulled off an amazing event fit for a rock star!

The new KTM 1190 Adventure demo bikes lined up and ready to run

KTM PowerWear for use at the KTM 1190 Adventure Media Test Ride

Selected members of the press from the different countries in the Middle East were present and got the chance to test and review this world class adventure bike. To say that everyone that threw a leg over the new KTM 1190 Adventure / R was blown away, is an understatement. KTM has raised the bar with this new bike so high, that literally nothing comes close to it.

The eager journalists, ready to ride the new KTM 1190 Adventure

View of the roads leading to the top- the perfect road to test the KTM 1190 Adventure / R Gunter from KTM-AG gives the riders a short briefing about the KTM 1190 Adventure at the top of the mountain they all just rode

A test ride was organized and 5 brand new KTM 1190 Adventures were on hand for testing. A route was chosen and featured all kinds of road conditions from a traffic filled street with pot holes and speed bumps, winding mountain road with high and low speed corners and dusty two-lane twisties– it was a great ride that highlighted all the features of the bike. On many occasions, both the traction control and ABS activated when I road through the route and it showed me just how great these systems work. Feedback from the journalists was just the same- utter amazement on how well the bike worked!

View of the stage prior to the start of the launch event

In the evening, a public launch was held at the KTM Lebanon showroom. A stage with a brightly lit LED screen showed a looping video of the KTM 1190 Adventure / R as a backdrop. The skirt of the stage were more LED screens flashing proudly the KTM logo on an orange background.

The street in front of the showroom fill with bikers, all waiting to see the new KTM 1190 Adventure

The crowd of bikers begin to fill the event venue.

As you would expect how a party event in Lebanon would be like, this was the atmosphere at the launch event. Hundreds of bikers lined the street in front of the showroom and hundreds more were inside the showroom in front of the stage eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the two new bikes.

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure was ridden out from the shadows to the front of the showroom for all to see

Mohammed Balooshi rides the KTM 1190 Adventure a midst fire eaters and dancers Mohammed Balooshi rides the KTM 1190 Adventure a midst fire eaters and dancers

Introduced with an energetic modern violin solo, accompanied by fire eaters and dancers, the all new 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure was ridden out from the shadows to the front of the showroom for all to see. Then after the dramatic entrance, focus was moved to the stage where two bikes on either side remained covered in KTM orange bike covers. The Arab National Motocross Champion and Red Bull rider– Mohammed Balooshi– was introduced and invited on to the stage to officially unveil the two bikes. With flames and LOUD energetic dance music blaring from all angles, the all new KTM 1190 Adventure and KTM 1190 .Adventure R was officially unveiled to an audience with two-wheeled passions. The KTM 1190 Adventure and KTM 1190 Adventure R is now officially in the Middle East.


Like all the modern motorcycles in this segment, electronic aids are the norm. The same goes for the new KTM 1190 Adventure / R. But, unlike all the other bikes in this arena, KTM has tweaked and polished the functionality of these electronics to the point of perfection. For example, traction control. On the new Adventure, this feature does not hold you back like it does with the other bikes. Instead, it works much like an expert rider would. Say, you give it a handful of throttle while leaned over on a sandy patch of road. With other bikes, this would literally cut all drive as soon as any slip is detected and will gradually restore power once the drama has been avoided. On the KTM 1190 Adventure, with the same scenario, the bike would slide, power is reduced just enough to keep the slide from going too far. Once traction is restored, full power is immediately delivered, and the rider powers out of the corner as if nothing has happened. And this system works so well and fast, that any rider will feel and ride almost like an expert!


There are also many improvements with these so-called standard features, like the ABS. Linked braking isn’t new and neither is linked braking with ABS. But, the KTM 1190 Adventure has a new OFFROAD mode with disables the link to the rear brakes as well as ABS for that wheel when this mode is used. This way, a rider can still have the safety margin of having ABS at the front wheel and still have full manual control of the rear wheel to aid in offroad conditions. And like the traction control, the ABS works extremely quickly and seamlessly.

These are just two features that the KTM 1190 Adventure / R has that have been massaged to perfection. Check out the more detailed list of specifications below;

Design 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
Displacement 1,195 cm³
Bore 105 mm
Stroke 69 mm
Performance 150 hp
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6-speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 3 rotor pumps
Primary gear ratio 40:76
Secondary gear ratio 17:42
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch PASC™ anti-hopping clutch/ hydraulically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment

Frame Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Forks WP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorber WP Suspension monoshock
Suspension travel Front 190 mm
Suspension travel Rear 190 mm
Brake system Front 2 x Brembo radially mounted four-piston brake calipers
Brake system Rear Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
Brake system Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS
Brake discs – diameter Front 320 mm
Brake discs – diameter Rear 267 mm
Chain 5/8 x 5/16” X?Ring
Steering head angle 64°
Wheel base 1,560 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 220 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 860/875 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 23 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx. 212 kg (230 kg with fuel)
Maximum permissible total weight 440 kg


The KTM Adventure has always been billed as an all-around motorcycle. One that can do it all. Yes, the former model was able to all– go offroad, do long haul rides and serve as daily street transportation. But, it always leaned toward the offroad side of the scale. It did it all but not as good as more focused bikes, of course.

Now, with the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure and KTM 1190 Adventure R, you get to do it all and very, very well at that. With the heart of superbike engine sporting 150 HP and an electronically controlled suspension, the new Adventures perform extremely strong no matter what kind of riding you choose to do.


For those who will ride mainly on paved roads and who will likely only go offroad by accident (unintentionally), the KTM 1190 Adventure is the bike to have. With its electronically controlled suspension, brakes and engine (yeah, it’s geek heaven!), the bike will perform so well with all that you ask it to do, you won’t be looking for any other bike! It can run with naked and sport bikes in the twisties, it’s nimble and light enough to ride in town, especially now that the fuel injection is so precisely dialed in, rolling along in slow traffic is no longer a chore.


But, if you are the type that likes to do more extreme riding on a travel bike, then the KTM 1190 Adventure R is for you. With more ground clearance than the standard Adventure and wheels sized so offroad tires are easy to mount, you can travel the world in all kinds of terrain and riding conditions. With the street tires on, you can still do all that I mentioned above, but, if you choose to go through more extreme offroad activities, a change to knobby tires will allow you to take the Adventure R ANYWHERE!

So, if you live in Lebanon or are moving over to that part of the world and have a need for two-wheeled transportation, check out KTM Lebanon and the new KTM 1190 Adventure / R. Or, if you just happen to be visiting Beirut, drop by anyway. They would be more than happy to welcome any KTM fan/rider.

The KTM 1190 Adventure / R will be available in the following Middle East countries;

  • Qatar
  • Kuwait
  • Jordan
  • Bahrain
  • UAE

For more information about the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure / R, click here–>http://bit.ly/WBeDKI and here–> http://bit.ly/WBeKWq.

ANBikes- KTM Lebanon ShowroomYou can contact KTM Lebanon at Tel- +9611888298, Email- ktm@anbholding.com.



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