Austrian manufacturer unveiled its new 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R models at this week’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, featuring a revised version of the company’s 799cc parallel twin engine in an all-new adventure touring chassis.
The much touted new model, which has been trailed by KTM since the summer, joins the equally new Yamaha Tenere 700 in taking on the BMW F850GS and a myriad of Triumph Tiger 800 models in the hotly contested mid-range adventure bike market.
As we’ve come to expect from KTM, the new Adventure models sit at the more extreme end of the sector.
That said, the seat height on the standard version is reasonable and adjustable to either 830mm or 850mm. The R version, with its taller suspension, comes in at 880mm, which is the same as the Yamaha and taller than the rest of the competition – although the narrow saddle should make it manageable for shorter riders too. Tall and low seat options are also available, while the handlebars can be adjusted to sit in one of six positions. The 20 litre fuel tank is also bigger than that fitted to rival machines, but is placed low in the chassis to make for a low centre of gravity. Fill it to the brim and KTM promises up to 280 miles between fuel stops.
The motor, a real star in the Duke 790, has been retuned for improved bottom end torque. That means peak power drops from over 100bhp in the Duke to 95bhp in the Adventure models.
Both variants enjoy a good spec, including three riding modes and a neat 5” TFT dashboard. The R model, which KTM says was developed alongside its 450 Rally Dakar racer, is a more hardcore version. Extra spec on the R includes cornering ABS, top of the range WP suspension with 48mm front forks and an additional 40mm of travel. The Adventure 790 R also runs an additional riding mode, designed for off-road riding, and full-on knobbly Metzeler Karoo 3 tyres (compared to the dual sport Avon Trailriders on the standard bike).
As well as the new 790 Adventure models, KTM has also announced that the road-going 690 SMC R supermoto and 690 Enduro R will be returning to the range with an updated package for 2019. The single cylinder machines get new electronics and updated chassis, which the manufacturers say will make them more confidence inspiring to ride. EICMA also saw the launch of a new electric dirt bike for kids, based on the SX 50, called the SX-E 5. The fuly automatic machine offers up to two hours riding on a full charge, and can be fully topped up in an hour.
So far, no prices or availability dates have been announced yet, but you’ll be able to see, sit on and prod all of the new KTMs at Motorcycle Live, which starts this weekend at Birmingham’s NEC.