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Old 03-24-2015, 05:57 AM   #1
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Changes to 1190 Adventure for 2015

Can someone quickly summarize the changes to the regular 1190 Adventure for 2015? I know the airbox has been improved/revised but (I think) people still think you need to buy an aftermarket air filter.

Any other changes? I'm getting the itch to pull the trigger on a leftover 2014 at a discount and want to know what changes I'm missing from the 2015.

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Old 03-24-2015, 06:06 AM   #2
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2015 1190 goes with the starter motor same as for 1290, as I know.
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:09 AM   #3
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Lower passenger handlebars to accommodate fatter asses that used to be cramped down between the higher ones...
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:13 AM   #4
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I have a 15 and make no mistake the airbox is not "fixed". It is updated with a new filter holding bracket (wedge). This is a better design, but it will still suck dust between the top lid and bottom box. Do not trust this updated design because it only addresses one of the two problems found with the 14 air box. If buying a 15 my advice would be ride it home and install a uni top gasket on day 1. If your going to buy the 14, I would update to the 15 air box with the new wedge holding bracket and install the uni filter top gasket. You would be wise to heed this advice or buy one of the aftermarket air filter designs if you like them.
Other than that, the 15's have a better starter which is important, but the rest of the changes are small potatoes. Larger heat shield on exhaust, lower grab handles, radiator guard, TKC 80 tires etc....

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Old 03-24-2015, 06:56 AM   #5
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I think there was some question re: new starter motor on the 2015s (but maybe that was only implemented on a later production date?).
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:57 AM   #6
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On the R I noticed plastic radiator fins over the radiator when my '14 model does not have that. Thats about it from an external perspective I could see.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:32 AM   #7
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I think there was some question re: new starter motor on the 2015s (but maybe that was only implemented on a later production date?).
2015 1190's have had SM-13 starter from day 1. I would consider this to be a major upgrade from 2014's with their ill-suited SM-17.

Airbox re-design is the next upgrade, which takes all of us a tad closer to a dust-free intake.

Seat has better support, heat shield on exhaust is bigger, grab handles are lower, ambient air temperature sensor is installed in place ...

Motorex coolant M3.0 is used on 2015's instead of M5.0 (read with caution ):
http://www.bickers-online.co.uk/neta...mendations.pdf

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MOTOREX COOLANT M 3.0 is a silicate-free coolant which does not form a protective silicate layer in the cooling circuit. This helps to reduce the thermal load of the engine significantly.

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:15 AM   #8
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I've been using silicate-free coolant in all my motorcycles.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:47 AM   #9
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had the 2014. Sold the 14 bought the 15. Happy with it.

Think the 15 may have an upgraded fuel mapping as well as all the other fixes mentioned.
I see traces of fixes on the little stuff here and there ..like the neater if questionable seclusion of the fuel line under the radiator on the 2015.

The one big difference for me has been the seat. May not seem like much to others, but the seat upgrade over the 2014..made a huge difference in the ride experience.
If you buy the 14 ..you will want all the changes the 15 has ..so the question is, is that going to work financially?
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:25 AM   #10
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So far the only thing I've been able to confirm is the air box change, new starter, different seat foam, bigger plastic heat shield on the rear exhaust can, and lower passenger handles. I'm not sure yet if the new parts listed in the parts manual to deal with the engine heat come installed on the '15 1190's.
I've put in calls to KTM customer service in California and Ohio to ask but I'm still waiting for an answer.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:54 AM   #11
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had the 2014. Sold the 14 bought the 15. Happy with it.

Think the 15 may have an upgraded fuel mapping as well as all the other fixes mentioned.
I see traces of fixes on the little stuff here and there ..like the neater if questionable seclusion of the fuel line under the radiator on the 2015.

The one big difference for me has been the seat. May not seem like much to others, but the seat upgrade over the 2014..made a huge difference in the ride experience.
If you buy the 14 ..you will want all the changes the 15 has ..so the question is, is that going to work financially?
Given the major 'changes' are to the airbox and starter (and the airbox still requires a 'fix'....and only some people have issues with starting)....and given the discount I got on my 2014, it worked OK for me.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:55 AM   #12
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So far the only thing I've been able to confirm is the air box change, new starter, different seat foam, bigger plastic heat shield on the rear exhaust can, and lower passenger handles. I'm not sure yet if the new parts listed in the parts manual to deal with the engine heat come installed on the '15 1190's.
I've put in calls to KTM customer service in California and Ohio to ask but I'm still waiting for an answer.
they aren't..and since the 1290 Super dooooper scooper Adventure folk are reporting the heating continues..you will be better served looking for a heat solution.. on your own ..or riding only in late fall or early spring..or through the winter as I can here ..LOL..
KTM and its "quirks" ..oh my oh my ..why are we such lame suckers for half finished products ....!!!
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Old 03-24-2015, 02:19 PM   #13
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Thanks for the replies so far. Good info...

The leftover discount I found on 2014s is $1500 plus no prep/freight fees, so basically the bike is $15K plus $156 in paperwork fees (not including sales tax) out the door. I figure that's about $2K off MSRP which would pay for most of my desired accessories (luggage, skid plate, crash bars).
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Old 03-24-2015, 03:04 PM   #14
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I'm not sure yet if the new parts listed in the parts manual to deal with the engine heat come installed on the '15 1190's...
Mine was built in Jan, 2015 - NO new plastic parts
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biggest change

biggest difference to the 2015 is it sitting in my garage finally! woot woot!
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