9. KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R
HIGHLIGHTS 1050cc LC8 V-twin Fully adjustable WP suspension Traction control, four rider modes KTM’S continual drive to build ever more accomplished adventure bikes has gone to an all-new level for 2017, and one of the most attractive and accessible of them is the 1090 Adventure R, aimed at riders who want genuine off-road ability from their adventure bike. Using an evolution of the 1050cc 75° V-twin motor, and now developing 125bhp, the R gets longlegged, fully adjustable suspension by WP, laced wheels (21in front/18in rear), multi-mode ABS, traction control, a slipper clutch and four rider modes.
The hefty braking hardware boasts dual 320mm Brembo discs and radial four-piston calipers, all linked to Bosch 9M+ ABS software, and there’s even an off-road mode which allows the rear wheel to be locked while the front wheel’s ABS remains active. Or you can disengage it completely. There’s also multi-mode traction control, which will allow varying degrees of slip under hard acceleration and four riding modes of Sport, Street, Rain and Off-road. The list goes on and on. If you have wide horizons, this should be part of your landscape.