The advanced V2 engine with 1195 cc displacement supplies everything that a top-class travel enduro could ever need: powerful acceleration for offroad use, a powerful punch for tours fully loaded and 150 hp peak power when the chips are down. Fully developed after five years in a superbike, not only does the extremely light, high-performance, four-valve engine consume considerably less fuel than its predecessor, it also extends the service intervals of the 1190 Adventure to a wallet-friendly 15,000 km.
The most advanced technology helped in adapting the superbike twin to use in the Adventure:
» Twin ignition sinks both consumption and emissions and ensures smooth running and superior power from the very bottom up.
» Ride-by-wire ensures perfect application of the readily available and plentiful torque.
» MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) guarantees sporty yet completely controllable propulsion on every surface and in all situations.
» The new slipper clutch prevents rear wheel chatter and reduces the hand force required for shifting gear.
The forged piston structure borrowed from Formula 1 results in a high loading capacity, despite an extremely short and lightweight design. In this way, the reciprocating weight can be minimised and the responsiveness and free-revving nature of the engine maximised. New since 2013: all piston skirts have a state-of-the-art, hard-anodised finish. Not only is this particularly hard-wearing, it also minimises friction.
The smooth shape of the crank webs results in low-loss running of the crank drive; the modified weight distribution of the crankshaft and alternator rotor improve the ride quality. Together they optimise the load change behaviour of the engine.