Chris Birch released a video showing how he tackles the offroad in New Zealand on a 160 hp (119 kW) and 240 kg (529 pounds) wet adventure motorcycle. Namely, a KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. Everything looks so easy no matter if we’re talking about tarmac twisties, offroad tracks, hill climbs, log hops, stream crossings, single tracks, jumps, wheelies, power slides or anything in between.
Let us look at the adventure motorcycle first. This is a KTM 1290 Super Adventure R which makes 160 hp (119 kW) and weighs 240 kg (529 pounds) wet. Also, it delivers 140 Nm of torque. That is some weight and power delivery to do stunts on, but hard enduro rider, Chris Birch doesn’t mind the bike’s weight as he blasts thru New Zeeland’s offroad tracks like he’s riding an enduro motorcycle. Even if the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is packed with electronics and rider aids – ride-by-wire smooth throttle response, lean angle-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS, riding modes and so on, they don’t help too much when it comes to jumps, offroad powerslides and twisting the bike left and right with so much ease no matter how tough the terrain is.
If you don’t know by now who Chris Birch is, well the rider competed is some hard enduros and rallies such as Dakar Rally, Red Bull Romaniacs, the Erzberg Rodeo and other races. Also, Birch is travelling around the world as a dirt- and adventure riding coach, plus he gives tips on how-to do anything related to adventure motorcycles. And of course, he posts a lot of videos on his social media channel as he rides KTM motorcycles thru any sort of terrains like their enduro bikes.
“12 Hours With the 1290 Super Adventure R,” is one of his latest videos and we can see what is possible on a KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. We’re talking about riding on some dirt paths, then thru some tarmac twisties along the New Zealand’s coast, and after comes the offroad terrain where we can see a high-speed hop over a tree limb, powerslides and wheelies. And that ‘s the easy part. The video also shows Chris Birch riding some hill climbs, log hops, stream crossings, single tracks, and performing a jump that looks like he’s riding an enduro bike or a trial bike. That quite awesome we have to say.