by Luke Brackenbury
The wait is finally over as the KTM 790 ADVENTURE and KTM 790 ADVENTURE R have arrived and the hardest decision is choosing which version and route to take …
The KTM 790 ADVENTURE and R version are serious offroad motorcycles at their core; developed with the intent of adventure riding but to also be accessible for riders of all sizes, experience and ability. Powered by a specifically-developed version of the LC8c 799cc parallel twin, these are fully-equipped machines for extreme-minded adventurers who want to charge off and tackle a wide range of terrain with offroad race bike competency, whilst enjoying the comfort of long-distance travel ergonomics, sporty street handling and the convenience of sophisticated electronics.
These completely new adventure bikes allow riders to push their own limits, ride harder, take the paths least explored and create exceptional memories that are only possible by powered two-wheelers. And not just thanks to a 450 km fuel range, these machines will encourage explorers to not only ride over the horizon but be driven with the desire to carry on to and past the next one.
Soaking up KTM’s experience in this segment and developed alongside its seemingly unstoppable Dakar-winning KTM 450 RALLY, these bikes will set new benchmarks in adventure motorcycling while complementing the existing KTM Travel range.
Both machines share many characteristics and performance that excel fundamental adventure motorcycling requirements, but key differences to components and electronic functions give each bike its intended focus and rider appeal.
KTM 790 ADVENTURE & KTM 790 ADVENTURE R © Marco Campelli
KTM 790 ADVENTURE
The KTM 790 ADVENTURE is the most offroad capable travel bike. Fully capable of taking on the roughest dirt trails, it remains a high-performing street motorcycle, with the power to take on the distance in the most thrilling way.
Running on conventional offroad wheel sizes, the use of Avon TrailRider tires and street focused WP suspension rewards with performance on the long straight runs and – more importantly – when the tarmac twists. Aiding conviction for shorter riders is a low seat (height adjustable 830/850 mm) and with the option to lower it as far as 800 mm using an official KTM PowerParts seat and suspension options.
As well as the split rider and passenger seat, the KTM 790 ADVENTURE is set further apart from its R sibling with a longer screen and front fender design for increased wind protection. Larger mirrors also underline its need for more visibility on the street. Visually, it is instantly recognizable by a black frame and available in orange or white bodywork options.
KTM 790 ADVENTURE © Marco Campelli
KTM 790 ADVENTURE R
The most travel capable offroad bike. The rally never has to end with the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R; The most performance-focused travel bike in its segment is able to travel longer distances than any other offroad bike.
Immediately distinguished by its white bodywork and orange frame, the R is set apart from its stablemate and all other adventure machines by the high-performance WP suspension it boasts.
Positioned more towards challenging offroad use, the fully adjustable XPLOR 48 mm upside-down fork and PDS shock absorber are the results of an intensive development program that has given the R true EXC enduro-level suspension in a real and capable adventure bike package, that can also be ridden superbly on the street.
The addition of the rally ride mode (optional on the KTM 790 ADVENTURE) allows riders to choose their throttle behavior – including a new rally response – and control the amount of traction control interference fast and easy between 9 different levels; perfect for when riding in changing terrains. The anti-wheelie mode is also deactivated in this mode.
KTM 790 ADVENTURE R © Sebas Romero
These bikes represent an exciting new chapter of the two-wheeled travel segment and are backed up by a comprehensive range of official KTM PowerParts to further intensify the ride. Designed and developed to be worn with intent, multiple KTM PowerWear options are also available to match the attitude and ambition of these bikes – giving riders apparel fit for all adventures.
Photos: Marco Campelli | Sebas Romero