The new KTM 790 Adventure R could very well be the best dual sport motorcycle ever brought to market. To say that we here at KTM Twins are a little bit excited for its release would be a gross understatement! We recently got the chance to see the production model (European Spec) 790 in person at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show, and we wanted to share our impressions.
What we already knew:
-The heart and soul of this beast is going to be a powerful parallel twin 4-stroke, 799 cc DOHC engine with fuel injection, dual balancer shafts, PASC slipper clutch and ride by wire for a smoother and more refined response.
-Ultralight tubular Chromium Molybdenum steel frame with the engine as a stressed member to reduce weight and overall size.
-Equipped with fully adjustable WP XPLOR 48 mm forks and WP XPLOR PDS rear shock, claimed to be the best suspension currently offered on any adventure bike.
-Slim platform with low slung fuel tank to promote a lower center of gravity.
-Twin 320 mm front brake disks with 4 piston radially mounted calipers, Cornering ABS and Offroad ABS allow for an ideal mix of control and stopping power.
-Rider aids include Street, Offroad, Rain and Rally ride modes, Motorcycle traction control (MTC), motor slip regulation (MSR), KTM MY RIDE to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and the optional Quickshifter for clutchless up and downshifts. Heated grips, heated seat and cruise control are also options.
-LED headlight and taillight for great illumination and visibility.
-Multifunctional dashboard with full-color TFT display is bright and clear. The display's configuration is variable and automatically adapts to variations in environmental light.
-Steering damper fitted as standard.
-Tapered aluminum handlebar can be mounted in 6 positions on the triple clamp resulting in 30 mm of adjustability.
Crucial details that might make or break the 790 Adventure R:
-9.4 inches of suspension travel front and rear.
-34.6-inch seat height.
-5.3-gallon fuel capacity with a potential 280-mile range.
-416.7-pound dry weight.
-95 horsepower produced along with 64.9 ft-lbs of torque.
What we learned:
-The one-piece seat gives you the feeling of sitting on this motorcycle opposed to sitting in it; much like the 690 Enduro and opposite the 1090 Adventure.
-Narrow profile between the knees in a standing position leads us to believe it will be easy to "flick" and much more agile than it's bigger siblings.
-Long service intervals of nearly 10,000 miles (9,320 to be exact) will be necessary judging by the hassle of accessing the engine.
-Air filter location below the seat is brilliant!
-Kickstand mounting location is NOT on the engine block as some have speculated; it is attached to the frame just aft of the case.
-Fuel tank seems to be stout along with the hard plastic covers that protect the lower "ears."
-Very little in the way of wind protection.
What we were left wondering:
-When will they be available?
-What will the MSRP be?
-In what quantities will they arrive?
All and all we walked away from our first encounter with the new 790 Adventure R just as stoked as we were, to begin with. If anything it left us even more anxious to get it out in the dirt and see how it performs in real life. We will be updating our #RoadToDirt blog with info as it comes our way so be sure to check back here.
To get a feel for the new 790 platform take a look-see at the 790 Duke page in our store. A lot of the OEM parts should be direct carryovers, and you can start plotting all your upgrades while you wait patiently for your 790 unit to arrive at the dealership.
So does the standard 790 Adv have good wind protection?
Nice looking bike, but will keep my 690r for riding Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Perfect for that!
Definitely on my list to purchase. But I’ll be waiting until the second model year. I’ve already heard there are some issues. But KTM is good about resolving those quickly.
Too big for the dirt, no fairings or wind protection for the roads. Very complex assembly will make this bike a major challenge maintain, harder than the old 9×0 Adventures. Lessons learned from those models.
The 790R with cruise, quick shifter, heated ergo seat and heated grips is the replacement for my current Super Adventure T… as soon as that bike is used up. ;)
I ordered one. I’m getting the R version with Quit shifter and cruise . The dealer said it should be here by June. Not sure about the price yet.
Hi, do you know if these rims are for tubeless tires?
Great write up! I had a look at the Vancouver show as well, looks like a wicked bike!
ן would like to upgrade it with my 690 adventure, when it will arrive to Israel?
I love the KTM bikes. Across the board. I have a Super Duke.
I hate to be first and be negative. But here goes….
A 400+ lb. off road bike? By “off-road” do they mean all-day on up-to-rough dirt roads? I can see that.
Trail riding @ 400+ lb.s? I can’t see it. How is that enjoyable?
Other than that, that is one beautiful bike.
For trail riding I have a Yamaha WR250R. Under 300 lb.s.
Wow, that is an awsome looking bike, great specs
Thanks for the information. Pretty stoked for this bike! Going to part with my 1290 SAR for the 790r. Hopefully delivery in June.
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January 27, 2022
Dear Valued Customer,
On behalf of Team KTM Twins we would like to update our fans and customers of some challenges we recently confronted.
We are very excited to announce this new product from Rekluse for the KTM 790 and KTM 790 Adventure R! Check out the video for step by step install instructions and a breakdown of why this is such a beneficial upgrade.
You’ve labored hard, and now it’s time to reap the benefits with a well deserved holiday weekend full of twisting grips and smiling lips. We’re celebrating by passing on some serious savings, so before you head out for the long weekend check out our BIG Labor Day Sale!
April 03, 2019
For serious trail riding the KTM 300 XC-W is the ticket. This 790 Adventure R is for adventure and looks to have enough suspension, power and goodies to get you out of most trouble. But for exploring on asphalt, fire roads and easy trails, this looks to be the best available in the class!