By Dennis Chung
KTM has filed a patent application for a new low-slung saddle-shaped fuel tank, and the illustrations suggest it will be used on a new 1290 Super Adventure. KTM first introduced the rally-style tank design on the 790 Adventure R, and a similar design has since made it to the 890 and 390 Adventure models. It seems natural, then, that we would see the 1290 Super Adventure get a similar design.
The illustrations included in the patent, filed in May with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office following an earlier filing in Germany, show two depictions of the same motorcycle, with and without tank covers and a seat. As illustrated below, the engine appears to be the 1290 Adventure’s 75° V-Twin and a trellis frame and subframe that is similar in structure, but with a few changes. We used the engine and swingarm pivot as the common point of reference here, because that gave us the closest comparison.
The fuel tank sits on top of the frame and follows the frame before arcing forward toward the bottom of the radiator. This creates an opening in the bodywork behind the radiator for heat dissipation. The subframe looks new, along with a new seat design. The swingarm is also new, with a slightly kinked design.
With the tank covers and seat removed, we can see a little more of the engine and the frame.
From the juxtaposition, it looks like the seat is lower on the frame than on the 2020 model; that doesn’t necessarily mean the seat height is lower, as we used the engine and not the wheel position as the common reference point. The windscreen, however, is significantly taller than the one on the 2020 model. We can only see the side of the headlight, …read more