Story and Photos by Ron Lieback
Tired of beating on my boring – but stupidly dependable – V-Strom that had nearly 80K on its clock, this past spring I bought a KTM 1190 Adventure R.
This is the ultimate adventure tourer for those who crave serious performance both on- and off-road. I fell for the Adventure R when it was first released in 2014, but put off the purchase for a year, which turned into another year, and another…you get it. But 2018 was finally the year. I initially set out to buy the 1090 Adventure R, but this came in at the same time, and I got the bike with less than 5K and a two-year, unlimited warranty. And except for a heated seat, the rest was completely stock. This prompted some immediate shopping for luggage – an absolute necessity for adventure touring. I didn’t have to do a lick of research. I knew the Touratech Zega Pro panniers were trusted by thousands of riders across the globe, and I needed no further proof.
Plus I had used Touratech Zega Pro aluminum bags on my V-Strom for seven years, and never had one problem. I dented them a few times, but they always pounded out and kept that airtight seal that locked out water, moisture and dust.
This time I was going for the Zega Pro triple setup, though: two panniers and the topcase. Unfortunately due to KTM’s right-side exhaust, you have to use two different-sized panniers. For the 1190, you have two different options: 31/38 liters, or 38/45 liters; both bags are 17” long x 15.5” high (31 liter is 8” wide; 38 liter 9.75” wide).
I like to travel light, so I went with the 31/38 setup. I also went with the smaller 25L touring top case, which I can say securely holds 12 bottles of wine with additional space for a hat.