KTM on the at­tack

Two hot new ad­ven­ture 790 twins of­fer so much

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KTM say their brief for the new 790 Ad­ven­ture was to cre­ate some­thing truly of­froad and tar­mac ca­pa­ble with­out the in­tim­i­da­tion fac­tor of their 1300cc, 160bhp flag­ship ad­ven­ture beast­ies.

Set to chal­lenge every­thing from the new Yamaha Tenéré 700 up to Honda’s Africa Twin and Tri­umph’s Tiger 800, these road friendly en­duros could well be KTM’s first real vol­ume seller. Steal­ing the 799cc par­al­lel twin from last year’s 790 Duke, the flex­i­ble, punchy and fru­gal en­gine has been given a re­tune for midrange while still thump­ing out a very healthy 94bhp, more than enough to bother its com­pe­ti­tion. It’s also more than enough for muck­ing about in the dirt and should be up to the job of dis­miss­ing tar­mac at a de­cent pace, even when loaded up with all your ad­ven­ture chat­tels.

The hot­ter one of the pair, the Ad­ven­ture R, takes the 790’s of­froad po­ten­tial up a notch with 30mm taller sus­pen­sion, a one­piece seat, smaller screen, Rally mode as stan­dard and off-road fo­cused tyres.

With­out a big rear cylin­der of a V-twin, KTM have been able to make the chas­sis slim and low in the mid­dle, mean­ing an 830/850mm seat height on the stan­dard bike (£11,199) and 880mm on the R. The clever fuel tanks hold 20 litres of juice, mean­ing around 300 miles be­tween stops.

As stan­dard the 790 Ad­ven­ture comes with three rid­ing modes (Street, Off-Road and Rain) with an op­tional Rally mode (stan­dard on the R). It also has cor­ner­ing ABS, off-road ABS, lean-sen­si­tive trac­tion con­trol, off-road trac­tion con­trol and a TFT dash that can be paired with KTM’s MyRide app.

RICHARD NEW­LAND DEPUTY EDI­TOR ‘The R man­ages to look like a se­ri­ous off-road an­i­mal drip­ping in Dakar al­lure, with­out los­ing road prac­ti­cal­ity’

Both stan­dard and R mod­els will take you al­most any­where

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