KTM Australia is proud to announce that its amazing KTM1190 Adventure R has won the prestigious Bike of the Year title in the annual Two Wheels magazine competition of the same name.
The announcement was made last night at a gala awards ceremony in Sydney, with the 75-degree V-twin besting a quality field of 13 motorcycles from different manufacturers across four different selection criteria.
Giving the award extra credibility was the fact that it was decided by votes from some very well-travelled and experienced hands – the nine-rider panel of Two Wheels testers.
Two Wheels Editor Miles Rangely was generous in his praise of the KTM:
“It was the most impressive motorcycle on and off road,” said Rangely. “It was at home no matter what we threw at it. It’s torquey, comfortable and just a revolution in the off-road market. The bike was head to head with BMW in a few places and it just outshone it everywhere.
“The riders rated the KTM on top almost unanimously, which is pretty good considering we’ve got guys like Kevin Magee and Steve Martin who have never spent a lot of time near the dirt and they thought it was brilliant.
“It shows that demand is changing in the Australian market away from the sports bike era. There is a bigger selection of styles now and more blokes incorporating off-road stuff into their touring and riding. Bikes like this introduce a whole new rider to this broader style of riding because they haven’t got to be an ex-dirt bike rider to enjoy them.
“That’s what was surprising to me, we were blown away by it, even on the road. It’s a very nice motorcycle.”
KTM Australia’s National Marketing Manager Greg Chambers was delighted to receive the award.
“It’s a tremendous highlight for us to have Two Wheels magazine recognise the appeal and performance of the KTM1190R,” said Chambers, “and we thank Two Wheels and QBE for this award.
“In terms of its electronics package the 1190R is technically the most advanced KTM ever produced, with the industry’s first lean-sensitive cornering ABS with off-road mode and the Bosch MSC with 4 separate ride modes. But even though it suits such an extremely wide range of applications, its engine management system and rider aids that all make the bike so special, are very unobtrusive – it offers these different characters with virtually no perceptible compromises anywhere.