1 Body needs work
This test mule has more gaffa tape than actual bodywork, but the silhouette is clear. The twin fuel tanks are clearly visible, each with its own filler, and a crossover pipe. The front end is clearly missing its nose cowl.
2 Help is not at hand
While there’s no way of identifying the rider aids fitted from these images (beyond the provision of ABS, which is a legal requirement) it seems highly likely that the new 790 will use the same systems fitted to the base model 1090, which means three rider modes for the stocker, and four for the R, plus multimode traction control and ABS.
Off-road intent 3
Running on DID Dirt Star rims, the front wheel is a 21in, while the rear is an 18in – which underlines this bike’s serious off-road intent. The rim sizes open the 790 up to the most serious off-road tyre options.
Battle of the twins
The configuration is clearly parallel-twin. KTM have already said that they are targeting the Africa Twin with this model in terms of performance, which means slightly less power than the Honda’s 94bhp, but with less mass to drag about, too.
Fat fullyadjustable WP fork up front, and beefy fully adjustable monoshock at the rear. What is very clear from the images is that they are conventional units, with no hint of semiactive suspension on show.