The previous weekend saw the launch of the 2017 KTM Super Adventure S and the Super Duke R, priced at RM115,000 and RM118,000, respectively, with prices including GST. This pair of big V-twin represent polar opposites of the riding spectrum, and are targetted towards very different riders.

While both the Super Adventure S and the Super Duke R use the same 1,301 cc liquid-cooled, 75-degree V-twin, power outputs are notably different. The Super Adventure S pumps out 160 hp at 8,750 rpm and 140 Nm torque at 6,750 rpm, while the Super Duke R gets 177 hp at 9,750 rpm and 141 Nm torque at 7,000 rpm.

Coming standard with semi-active WP suspension, with Brembo four-piston brake callipers in front grabbing 320 mm discs, the Super Adventure S comes with a trail-ready 19-inch hoop in front, and a 17-incher in the back. A complete electronics suite is fitted to the KTM’s tall dual-purpose tourer, with four ride modes – Sport, Street, Rain and Offroad – as well as traction control, ABS and cornering ABS and a 6.5-inch TFT LCD screen that can be customised.

For an additional RM4,800, riders can choose the option of the KTM Travel Pack, that adds an up-and-down quickshifter, KTM My Ride that has smartphone connectivity to the bike’s on-board display, motor slip regulation (MSR) that adds launch control and hill hold control (HHC) for those uphill starts. Seat height for the Super Adventure S is a lofty 875 mm, fuel is carried in a 23-litre tank and weight is claimed to be 213 kg.

As for the Super Duke R – a.k.a. “The Beast” – comes with WP suspension from and rear. A smaller TFT-LCD screen displays the necessary information to the rider, and comes with three ride modes – Sport, Street and Rain.

Similar to the Super Adventure S, the Super Duke R has braking by Brembo, this time with a four-piston Monobloc caliper grabbing 320 mm discs in front and a 240 mm disc at the back. Also standard is traction control and ABS. The Super Duke R comes with two options packages which can be combined – the Performance Pack that adds MSR, a quickshifter and KTM MY Ride and the Track Pack which allows for fuel mapping, anti-wheelie off and MTC slip and launch control – but prices have yet to be announced.

Colour choices for the 2017 KTM Super Adventure S are black and white/orange, while the 2017 KTM Super Duke R only comes in white. The more off-road capable KTM Super Adventure R while arrive in Malaysia in May.

Competition for the KTM Super Adventure S include the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S at RM125,999 and the BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS at RM114,900. Menawhile the 2017 KTM Super Duke R goes up against the Ducati Monster 1200 S at RM119,000.

GALLERY: 2017 KTM Super Adventure S

GALLERY: 2017 KTM Super Duke R