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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.

Sim­ple stuff

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.

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