11 September 2020
You can tell just from looking at the new KTM 790 Adventure R that it’s very, very good when it comes to racing in the dirt.
The bike has been designed for riders who want to ride a bigger, deeper adventure.
To that end it’s got a smaller engine, but one that produces plenty of power to get the job done. This is complimented by a selection of electric management toys, as well as the ability to carry luggage and offer all day comfort.
This is a well proven unit for off-road use and allow the engine to be used as a stressed member within the frame.
It’s almost a shame that the subframe is hidden in behind the bodywork on the finished bike. It really does look that good!
The handlebars are tapered rather than braced and they’ve no fewer than six different fitting positions as well as 30mm of travel. This bike will suit everyone, from the smallest to the tallest of riders, through the simple application of an allen key.
Sitting above them is the TFT screen which displays all the information you need at a glance. That’s ride modes, ABS settings, trip counter, fuel range and speed. You can even adjust the brightness and contrast depending on the available light and there is a GPS mounting point positioned above. And when the engine is begging for an upshift the rev counter blinks or pulses in a rather pleasing way!
The 790 Adventure R is packed with rider aids, all of which can be adjusted to allow for the environment in which the bike is being ridden. The cornering ABS, which is so useful on the road, is easily deactivated for off-road use and the traction control, which is excellent, can also be dumped when riding in the dirt.
Indeed there is now an off-road ride mode which dials everything back and allows the bike to ‘move about’ before the electrics kick in to save the day.
The bike is powered by the latest LC8c engine which is high in torque and fed by a six speed gear box. This new unit produces 70 kilowatts of power and is started on the button. None of that nasty having-to-find-top-dead-centre nonsense inbetween making inroads on your shins with the kick starter. The new machine offers a staggering 450 kilometre range and, best of all, has a wonderfully long 15,000 kilometre service interval.
The KTM 790 Adventure R costs €15,950 and can be checked out at M50 Honda. Contact Barry on 01438 1 999 to organise a test ride.
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