KTM has finally unveiled the customer-ready 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R as part of the Austrian manufacturer's 2019 lineup at EICMA last night.
We first saw the prototype 790 Adventure R at EICMA last year and in the months that followed KTM drip-fed information about the highly-anticipated adventure bike. Now 12-months on we get a good look at the all-new model.
2019 KTM 790 ADVENTURE R HIGHLIGHTS
•Parallel-twin, 4-stroke, 799 cc DOHC engine with electronic fuel injection, dual balancer shafts, PASC slipper clutch and Ride-by-Wire for a smoother and more refined response. •Ultralight tubular Chromium Molybdenum steel frame with the engine as a stressed member to reduce weight and overall size.
•The fully-adjustable WP XPLOR 48 mm fork. Originally developed for Enduro riding, it is fitted with a spring on both sides and features separated damping functions for each fork leg for outstanding response and damping characteristics.
•The WP XPLOR PDS rear shock uses KTM’s trademark progressive damping system, which allows progressive damping without using a linkage for reduced weight and maintenance.
•Spoked wheels with a 21” front and an 18” rear for excellent offroad capability.
•A slim platform with a low-slung fuel tank to lower the center of gravity and allow the rider freedom of movement.
•Twin 320 mm front brake disks with 4 piston radially mounted calipers, Cornering ABS and Offroad ABS allow for an ideal mix of control and stopping power.
•Rider aids include Street, Offroad, Rain and Rally ride modes, motorcycle traction control(MTC), motorcycle slip regulation (MSR), the optional Quickshifter+ and KTM MY RIDE. Heated grips, heated seat and cruise control are also optional.
•LED headlight and taillight for great illumination and visibility.
•Multifunctional dashboard with full-color TFT display is bright and clear.The display’s configuration is variable and automatically adapts to variations in environmental light.
•Features an offroad setup including handguards and a one-piece seat for easy range of motion.
•Steering damper fitted as standard and setup to feel as natural as possible, giving the rider a secure feeling while keeping the offroad character of the bike.
•Tapered aluminum handlebar can be mounted in 6 positions on the triple clamp resulting in 30 mm of adjustability.
790 Adventure: June 2019
790 Adventure R: June 2019
Powered by the ultra-compact 799 cc LC8c parallel twin engine – introduced in the KTM 790 DUKE – the revised powerplant is more focused on the widest band of usable torque.
The ride by wire technology and advanced electronic provides riders with a choice of Street, Offroad, Rain and Rally ride modes in order to get the most from this potent package – whatever the conditions and terrain. Lean angle sensitivity is also in attendance, helping the motorcycle traction control (MTC) and cornering ABS to function in the most extreme of use.
This compact powerplant also allowed KTM engineers and KISKA designers massive amounts of freedom in order to build an agile and responsive chassis around it. Enormous attention was paid to weight reduction and rider ergonomics; providing comfort over distance and the feel of full control on and offroad.
The frame uses a tubular chromoly steel with the engine as a stressed member to reduce weight and overall size. The steel trellis subframe was developed to be compact, lightweight and also strong enough to carry a passenger and luggage under the hard conditions that can be expected when adventure riding.
A standout element of the design and engineering concept according to KTM is the fuel tank. The goal was to provide up to 450km of riding between refuelling and assist in agile, confidence-inspiring handling both on and off-road. The main volume of the tank is placed as low as possible to concentrate masses around the centre point – even when the tank is full.
In terms of rider ergonomics, the slim upper part of the tank is designed to give a narrow knee area when standing up. It allows for a straighter seat, giving the rider more freedom to move, which is placed low to aid in the overall accessibility of the motorcycle without compromising ground clearance.
Extreme off-road riding demands components to withstand the terrain and ambitions of the rider and the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R is fully equipped for this. Specially developed for heavy-duty – yet lightweight – spoked wheels are in real dirt-biased fitments; 21″ front and 18″ rear, fitted with Metzeler Karoo 3 tires. These hang from the premium WP XPLOR suspension to give the highest ground clearance and longest suspension travel in its segment; the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R has 240 mm of movement available in full control at each end of its fully adjustable suspension.
The 790 Adventure is the more conservative of the pair. It is designed for less extreme off-road use, evident by the smaller fork (43mm vs 48mm on the R), reduced suspension travel (200mm vs 240mm on the R), lower ground clearance (233mm vs 263mm), lower seat height (850-830mm vs 880mm) and road-spec accessories.