Now much has been written about the virtues of the 1190 Adventure and so I won’t repeat them but instead I’ll share a few personal observations based on my limitations. Firstly it is an extremely capable machine and greenlaning one is probably not unlike living with a lion cub in that it’s cute, cuddly and playful and then one day you appear in the Daily Mail because it decided to eat you.
With that in mind, I’ve found the electronics package to be an effective pacifier and a great way to mitigate a Daily Mail appearance. However I did find that when stretching its legs over the Shaftesbury Drove, the front forks tended to bury themselves into ruts and on several occasions: bottom out. This was soon resolved with a visit to the “Fork Whisper” aka Mitch at Technical Solutions in Bristol who confirmed that the spring rate was correct but the stock valving was the softest he’d yet seen. The result of laying his healing hands on the forks was that I how have a front end that really inspires confidence and means that water filled corrugations can be taken at pace without feeling like disappointment will surely follow. I’ve been so impressed with this change that I’m planning to get him to look at the rear shock in a few months when I’ve made peace with Santa’s Revenge aka the Christmas credit card bill.
Being an insatiable fettler I’ve naturally changed a few other things, one of which was to sort the ergonomics by adding more padding in the bench seat, lower the foot pegs as well as move the side stand mount off of the engine case. The latter was based on the fear that an awkward landing had the potential to damage the casing with would be a disaster. I found the solution to the latter via a hobby machinist in Germany whilst cruising the Adv Rider forum. If anyone is interested, I’d be happy to pass on his details along with anything else that’s been mentioned here and some other stuff that good editorial manners precludes a description of.
So what of our future: the KTM 1190 Adventure R and me? Well through good fortune and guidance, our relationship has turned out far better than I could have ever imagined. That said it is not a 250 and even with the price drop associated with the release of the new model, I would not suggest that anyone who wants to dabble in a spot of greenlaning lean into one of these.