2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R Build

You might consider the KTM 1190 Adventure R as one of the best adventure touring motorcycles on the market. It is large and aptly suited for traveling long distances on pavement at highway speed, but it is also surprisingly capable when it comes to off-road. If you want to mix your love of street and dirt riding in a single machine, the 1190 Adventure R is a great choice.

Our General Manager, Ray Butts, recently took a 2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R and added a few customizations to make the bike even better. Check out the video above to see his recommendations. You can also view a list of upgrades in the description below.

Ray with the KTM 1190 Adventure R Build

About the KTM 1190 Adventure R

Simply put, the 2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R has a lot going for it. KTM designed the bike with loads of features. The V2 engine benefits from five years of KTM superbike experience. It delivers up to 150 hp and utilizes a slipper clutch to make for a more comfortable ride. The chassis, suspension and brakes have all been tuned for the needs of adventure riders. The bike features KTM-patented tubeless spoked wheels.

2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R

There are also plenty of safety enhancements. It is equipped with Bosch’s MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control) for a safe and secure ride, complete with C-ABS (Combined ABS) for lean-sensitive cornering anti-lock braking system, MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) with four modes, and TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). The ergonomics and stock electronics top off the package, making for a very impressive motorcycle – especially in its price range.

All in all, this is a great bike. Make sure to check out our KTM 1190 Headquarters page for all of your 1190 Adventure R needs.

The 2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R Build on Rocky Terrain

Customizing the KTM 1190 Adventure R

Tall Rider

Ray is a tall guy (6’6″), so some of the mods in this bike build are designed to accommodate his larger stature and may not be for everyone. For example, the Seat Concepts seat on this build is taller and flatter than stock. The exact seat on this bike is no longer available, but we carry a similar Seat Concepts tall seat for the 1190 Adventure R.

The Fastway foot pegs can be adjusted lower on the bike. A bar riser from KTM gives some lift to the handlebars. Together, these three mods make the bike more comfortable (and enjoyable) for a tall rider.

Fastway Foot Pegs

Comfort and Convenience

Some products can go a long way to make a ride better. The Tusk grip heaters fit any bike and are great if you ever ride in the cold. The Baja Designs LED auxiliary lights are excellent for night riding. There is one installed on each side of the bike. One is a floodlight; the other is a spotlight.

Luggage is also important. In addition to a Wolfman tail bag and fender tank bag, the bike has the Tusk pannier racks installed. When he is primarily riding on the road, Ray prefers the Tusk panniers, but when he knows he’s going to be off-road, he switches them out for some Wolfman soft bags (which fit on the same racks). A RotopaX mount is also installed on the left rack to carry extra fuel.

KTM 1190 Adventure R with Luggage


Ray loves off-road riding, and that’s why a number of his upgrades are designed to increase the bike’s off-road abilities. Upgrading the skid plate is one of the most critical things to do for someone who is serious about taking the bike off-road.

AltRider Bash Plate

The build includes a few parts that required some modification to work on the 1190. The bike’s stock fender was swapped out for an Acerbis high front fender, great for riding in muddy clay.

The AltRider kickstand foot pad extender offers better stability on uneven ground. This build also has a KTM intake pre-filter to help with particularly dusty off-road environments.

KTM 1190 Adventure R in the Forest

Products Used

AltRider Skid Plate Seat Concepts Complete Tall Seat Fastway Adventure Motorcycle Foot Pegs Kit
AltRider Bash Plate Seat Concepts Tall Seat Fastway Adventure Foot Pegs
KTM CNC Handlebar Riser Kit Tusk Grip Heater Kit Tusk Aluminum Panniers with Pannier Racks
KTM Bar Riser Tusk Grip Heaters Tusk Panniers with Racks
Wolfman Rocky Mountain Saddle Bags RotopaX Fuel Pack Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffel Bag
Wolfman Soft Bags RotopaX Fuel Pack Wolfman Tail Bag
Wolfman Enduro Tank Bag Baja Designs Squadron Pro LED Lights AltRider Large Side Stand Foot
Wolfman Tank Bag Baja Designs LED Auxiliary Lights AltRider Kickstand Foot Pad Extender
KTM Intake System Dust Protection Kit
KTM Intake Pre-filter

Ray Speaking About the KTM 1190 Adventure R

2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R Bike

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