KTM 1090 Ad­ven­ture CAUGHT while test­ing

Motorcycle Monthly - - News - Words: Ross Mow­bray

It’s been a quiet year for KTM so far. At In­ter­mot, the Aus­trian fac­tory un­veiled its new 1290 Su­per Duke GT, and its hotly an­tic­i­pated 790 Ad­ven­ture was set to be one of the stars of the EICMA show (which hap­pened af­ter MCM went to press) – but it looks like there’s more to come af­ter all, with its new 1090 Ad­ven­ture caught on cam­era in nearly fin­ished form.

Analysing the im­age, it seems that many of the new ma­chine’s com­po­nents have been pulled straight from the ex­ist­ing 1090. We’ve been hear­ing whis­pers that there’s a larger dis­place­ment en­gine on the way for 2019, in the form of a 1150cc unit – but look­ing at the photo, for now at least, the power plant re­mains un­changed. And it’s much the same for its chas­sis and sus­pen­sion too. Even its tail body­work has been left alone.

In con­trast, the front body­work has re­ceived a bit of an over­haul, with more pro­tec­tion, a new larger screen, and a re­designed low down fuel tank. It’s a sim­i­lar setup to the one KTM is pre­par­ing to in­tro­duce on its new 790 Ad­ven­ture for 2019, which of­fers a cou­ple of ben­e­fits over a con­ven­tional tank po­si­tion. First off, it al­lows the weight of the fuel to be held low down, mak­ing the bike feel lighter, less likely to top­ple and more agile.

Plus, it also means the area where the tank would nor­mally be can be made smaller, which in turn means that the bike can be slimmed down and even fit­ted with a lower seat.

That’s not all. The shape of the front end also looks like there could be space to ac­com­mo­date a radar for an adap­tive cruise con­trol sys­tem, which KTM has been de­vel­op­ing in part­ner­ship with Bosch. No guar­an­tees, but con­sid­er­ing KTM’s proac­tive at­ti­tude to­wards the tech­nol­ogy, we reckon it’ll be in­cluded on pro­duc­tion mod­els across the range very soon.

Al­though it’s well on its way in the im­ages – it looks like there’s still a bit of work to be done on KTM’s new 1090 Ad­ven­ture. That sug­gests it won’t be un­veiled to the gen­eral pub­lic this year, in­stead, we reckon it’ll be do­ing the rounds at shows this time next year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.