Having introduced the crazy Duke 790 for 2018, it’s no surprise to see that KTM will be bringing out a new adventure model in 2019 using the same parallel twin motor.
Called the KTM 790 Adventure R, a prototype was shown at this week’s European Adventure Rally, an annual off-road extravaganza laid on by the Austrian manufacturer for some of its best customers.
The 790 Adventure R’s chassis is heavily based on the KTM 450 Rally, the company’s over the counter off-road racer designed to compete in hardcore desert rallies like the Dakar. KTM says that, despite being a road bike, the 790 Adventure R will have ‘serious off road capabilities’ for ‘extreme travel enduro riding’.
KTM has not given away too many details of its new machine but has confirmed that it will use a retuned version of the 790 Duke’s 799cc parallel twin motor, developed to deliver a wider spread of torque. The long travel suspension comes from WP, while KTM say that the low seat height and a large, low slung, fuel tank (claimed to give a near 250 mile range) has been designed to give good off-road control. Spoked wheels will allow the fitment of proper off-road tyres, while KTM’s high-end electronics package will come as standard.
Full details of the new model will be revealed at the annual EICMA show in Milan, on November 6, although the they’ve given no indication as to whether or not a more mainstream, road biased, version to compete in the popular sector currently occupied by the BMW F850GS, Honda Africa Twin and Triumph Tiger 800 will also be introduced.
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