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1290 SUPER ADVENTURE VERY DISAPPOINTED

Post by Brad » Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:40 am

i will get to the point !
i sold my Beautiful Ducati monster 1100 evo to purchase the 1290 Super Adventure
within the first week i had 2 fuses pop , one for the 12v and one for the suspension . before 500 miles on the bike it had already stalled out twice on the freeway at 60+ mph . the starter bound up and would not turn over the motor 5 separate occasions .the engine case had a factory hairline crack which was leaking oil so the dealership put a new motor in it , i did not want them to crack the cases on a brand new bike .the front and rear of the bike clanks and shakes , so the dealership ordered a new right front fork cartridge which is back ordered and they have no idea when it will arrive ! the panniers are horrible , the locking mechanism does not latch and you have to slam them repeatedly to get them to close , my panniers are now dented and only one latch now works .the dealership has ordered new panniers and locks . the fuel float has stuck on full since day one and i now have 6000 + miles on it . the left side of my instrument cluster is not the same color or brightness as the right side , i'm guessing the daytime light is not working ? The bike has terrible high speed wobble at only 100 mph so the dealership is going to give me a new brand of tire's . the preload on the rear shock stopped working , with the setting on 2 passenger and luggage , i can touch flat footed wearing Vans . normally i wear Boots with a big heel and i would still be on my toes . KTM does not consider this bike to be a lemon , they keep telling me that this is what the warranty is for and when i asked for them to give me an extended warranty for free they said no , that does not make me feel like they are very confident of this machine .

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Re: 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE VERY DISAPPOINTED

Post by 1coolbanana » Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:48 am

Bugger.... :shock:

Cut your loses and sell it or trade it is all I can suggest

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Post by kevxtx » Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:36 pm

Wow that is bad luck. Any signs of any bike giving me trouble it is gone.

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Re: 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE VERY DISAPPOINTED

Post by ogden » Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:30 pm

Sounds like the perfect replacement for my SMT.
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Re: 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE VERY DISAPPOINTED

Post by Helicher » Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:44 pm

My KTM super adventure 2015 has convinced me that there is a definite Quality control problem at KTM. A list of problems, thousand miles on the bike.
1. I could not remove left bag, lock defective.
2. Fuel gauge read full, no matter how much fuel was in tank.
3. Both front fork seals seeping.
4. MY GAS TANK LEAKING ON HOT ENGINE.
I spoke to KTM four times, it seems like KTM is not interested in my leaking is tank, representative said if the gas tank leaks again let the dealer know.
After doing the research one KTM plastic is tanks I'm convinced that there may be inherit engineering problem with their gas tanks,
be careful.

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Re: 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE VERY DISAPPOINTED

Post by Spoon979 » Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:44 pm

I have about 6000 miles now on my 2015 Super Adventure. It has not been smooth sailing for me either.

I keep seeing a lot of professional reviews "Best bike Evah!" but nobody seems to live with them for more than a few hundred miles.

- Had programming issues from day one, eventually had a factory tech dial in to the dealerships configuration computer, update and reconfigure the dealers computer, and then reflash my 1290's computer.

- The factory 1290 Super Adventure Pannier side cases are absolute garbage. Honestly they are horrible, horrible, horrible. I have broken 3 sets of internal latches for them now. If the bike tips over (It's a damn adventure bike, it happens!) the little cheap plastic internals break and jam up the locking and opening and closing mechanism. The bike came with bulletproof crash bars, but the cases are made of Chinese plastic by North Korean engineers. Even brand new, to open or close the cases you have to fiddle and slam and hit and slap the lids. Dealership couldn't get them to work any better either. The cases are only mostly water proof, mud and debris can easily get up into the over complicated latching mechanisms. Sorry, but they are absolute junk and KTM should be ashamed of them.

- Conti Attack tires: I keep buying bikes with conti attacks on them from the factory. They wear really well and then go from "decent, that's at about 60% wear" to "fail on the side of the road" over the span of a few hundred miles. When they go, they go quick. The compound is also FAR to soft for gravel roads, the rocks cut them right up.

- Horsepower: My buddy has a 2015 1190 Adventure, and weighs 10 lbs less than me, and in a drag race we are exactly even. Standing start, rolling start, 70 mph start, doesn't matter, basically dead even. 10 hp huh? I seriously doubt it.

- Seat Comfort: Holy crap, is the factory seat like a brick for the first few thousand miles. And then gets marginally better. KTM Really should take a page out of BMW's book on this one.

- Height: I'm average height (5' 10"), and wow, is the seat height ever tall on this machine. You need to have an inseam of at least 36" to really touch the ground. Why KTM? You have fully adjustable electronic suspension, I don't need two feet of ground clearance all the time. Let me push a button and lower the damn thing.

- Windshield: What is that thing supposed to block? All it does is cause buffeting, and all but the highest setting is worse than having no windshield at all. Also, it's a bitch to move up and down.

Everything else about the bike is pretty damn brilliant however. The cases are the only thing I am REALLY unhappy with.

So here is my advice to anybody that is thinking of buying a 1290 Super Adventure: Don't. Buy the 1190 Adventure, get some decent cases, heated grips, crash bars, dual sport tires, high windshield, headlight protector and take the leftover money and go on a trip. The ONLY thing that the 1290 really does a lot better is the cruise control.

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1290 SUPER ADVENTURE VERY DISAPPOINTED

Post by MichaelheK » Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:20 pm

My Super Duke didnt like winter.. Monoshock is leaking fluid.. I will add couple pictures when i am able to.

Anyone else had this problem?
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Post by tmark1301cc » Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:28 pm

Spoon979 wrote:I have about 6000 miles now on my 2015 Super Adventure. It has not been smooth sailing for me either.

I keep seeing a lot of professional reviews "Best bike Evah!" but nobody seems to live with them for more than a few hundred miles.

- Had programming issues from day one, eventually had a factory tech dial in to the dealerships configuration computer, update and reconfigure the dealers computer, and then reflash my 1290's computer.

- The factory 1290 Super Adventure Pannier side cases are absolute garbage. Honestly they are horrible, horrible, horrible. I have broken 3 sets of internal latches for them now. If the bike tips over (It's a damn adventure bike, it happens!) the little cheap plastic internals break and jam up the locking and opening and closing mechanism. The bike came with bulletproof crash bars, but the cases are made of Chinese plastic by North Korean engineers. Even brand new, to open or close the cases you have to fiddle and slam and hit and slap the lids. Dealership couldn't get them to work any better either. The cases are only mostly water proof, mud and debris can easily get up into the over complicated latching mechanisms. Sorry, but they are absolute junk and KTM should be ashamed of them.

- Conti Attack tires: I keep buying bikes with conti attacks on them from the factory. They wear really well and then go from "decent, that's at about 60% wear" to "fail on the side of the road" over the span of a few hundred miles. When they go, they go quick. The compound is also FAR to soft for gravel roads, the rocks cut them right up.

- Horsepower: My buddy has a 2015 1190 Adventure, and weighs 10 lbs less than me, and in a drag race we are exactly even. Standing start, rolling start, 70 mph start, doesn't matter, basically dead even. 10 hp huh? I seriously doubt it.

- Seat Comfort: Holy crap, is the factory seat like a brick for the first few thousand miles. And then gets marginally better. KTM Really should take a page out of BMW's book on this one.

- Height: I'm average height (5' 10"), and wow, is the seat height ever tall on this machine. You need to have an inseam of at least 36" to really touch the ground. Why KTM? You have fully adjustable electronic suspension, I don't need two feet of ground clearance all the time. Let me push a button and lower the damn thing.

- Windshield: What is that thing supposed to block? All it does is cause buffeting, and all but the highest setting is worse than having no windshield at all. Also, it's a bitch to move up and down.

Everything else about the bike is pretty damn brilliant however. The cases are the only thing I am REALLY unhappy with.

So here is my advice to anybody that is thinking of buying a 1290 Super Adventure: Don't. Buy the 1190 Adventure, get some decent cases, heated grips, crash bars, dual sport tires, high windshield, headlight protector and take the leftover money and go on a trip. The ONLY thing that the 1290 really does a lot better is the cruise control.
What a whiner...

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Post by Aussie Dave » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:21 pm

I think the dealerships were on the back foot with KTM technology way back in 2016. They are much more experienced nowdays and either do better pre-delivery work or know what tweaks are needed after talking to an owner and how to do them. (I hear stories about Ducati/Aprilia/BMW/Triumph.....they all have some issues at times).

My 017 1290 SDGT has been 100% reliable and I cannot say a bad word about my local dealership (MRUs Springwood) or KTM Aus.

Ps I would've thought a test ride should have given a clue to issues like seat height/comfort etc.

PPs Also for the serious dirt adventurer's - the plastic cases aren't what I would use (they would be basically for road touring/light duty as they are very light weight and also huge). If I were into rugged adventuring I'd put the SW Motech racks on and run those rugged aluminium HB or Givi top loader cases or better still, use soft luggage that would weigh less and soak up any slow crash damage. Slamming panniers closed is not a fix for any adjustment issues :roll: (I had cases that wouldn't lock on easily to my Aprilia 1200 - fixed them with a small tweak to the latch pins rather than bust them with abuse).
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Post by rishabh » Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:54 am

This is correct information"The factory 1290 Super Adventure Pannier side cases are absolute garbage. Honestly they are horrible, horrible, horrible. I have broken 3 sets of internal latches for them now. If the bike tips over (It's a damn adventure bike, it happens!) the little cheap plastic internals break and jam up the locking and opening and closing mechanism. The bike came with bulletproof crash bars, but the cases are made of Chinese plastic by North Korean engineers. Even brand new, to open or close the cases you have to fiddle and slam and hit and slap the lids. Dealership couldn't get them to work any better either. The cases are only mostly water proof, mud and debris can easily get up into the over complicated latching mechanisms. Sorry, but they are absolute junk and KTM should be ashamed of them. "


i also broke my leg last time and dealership didn't help to work better.get your avg.com/retail

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Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:50 pm

I agree with you, and I wouldn't have chosen the KTM SA cases because they are so ugly.

Best to use soft luggage for any hard core adventure riding.

The rest of the bike isn't mentioned, so I assume that means it's fine.......some earlier forum posts were negative but issues like running out of fuel with a fuel gauge showing full were likely due to owners or mechanics forgetting to turn 'both' fuel taps 'on' - creating two separate tanks...... fuel pump uses the left half, fuel gauge uses the right half....and bike runs out of fuel showing full tank... :roll:.

The fuel leak onto the motor could have been bad hose connections or split hoses and there was a factory recall for fuel pump hoses..... or it could have been poor workmanship at services. I managed to pinch my fuel tank breather hose when installing my SDGT tank - that created a vacuum in the tank, which I noticed at a fuel stop..... could have caused fuel starvation at low fuel maybe...... but it was my fault, and I made sure the hose can't be squashed again.

There are a lot of the the older 1290SA model around and owners seem very happy with them..... even if they had a few niggles when new...... all brands of m/c have their issues at various times..... even the Japanese names are no longer as perfect as we like to think ..... but I still wouldn't buy those ugly as sin KTM adv cases, even on the new 1290SAS - I'd choose the Shad 30Ltr generic ones as they look very nice (but I'm a road tourer, not a dirt bike rider).

PS The KTM cases on my 1290SDGT are fine..... waterproof, light weight and easy to fit/remove.... I'm careful not to overload them as the pyramid shaped lid can twist under pressure. They are much lighter than my trusty Givi E41 cases, and heaps narrower in traffic - I have quick release racks that let me use either depending on how much stuff I need to carry.

It took a long time for dealers in the US and UK to step up and provide good service to customers, but it seems like that has been achieved now....... I've had 100% satisfaction from my local KTM dealership from new with my 2017 SDGT and I'm happy with my KTM's quality and performance :D .

There is no other bike I can think of that could replace it :D

Ditch the cases and buy some accessory racks.... those big boxes that all manufacturers think they have to supply with adventure bikes are just too big and brittle. Heres my SW Motech rack for a road bike, but soft luggage can be used with them.....
SDGT Oct 2018 Motech Rack IBEX Crash Bars.jpg
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