The chassis copes with the extra power with ease; in fact it feels like it could handle a further 25bhp. The conventional 48mm WP forks and WP rear shock work straight out of the box. The forks are non-adjustable but on our test route that didn’t pose any problems. A 170-section rear tyre and the 1090’s relatively low weight enable it to be hustled with ease. Boring it certainly isn’t.
Unfortunately, we had less than ideal conditions to test the new 1090 but wet riding did highlight the bike’s rider-friendliness and near-perfect fuelling at low speeds. There are three riding modes: Sport, Street, and Rain with an optional Off-road setting. Each mode changes the engine characteristics and level of traction control intervention.
Although it's called the 1090, the engine is the same 1050cc motor as used in the outgoing 1050 Adventure. In the old model KTM restricted it to 95bhp, but they've unleashed an extra 30bhp for the 1090, pushing peak power to 125bhp and torque to 80.4ftlb. On the road it deels like KTM have thrown a bottle of Vodka into the punchbowl along with a dozen cans of Red Bull. The 1090 is much livelier and more fun to ride yet still has the ease of use of the original 1050.
Confusingly KTM also offer a 95bhp version of the 1090, which can then be restricted further to 47bhp for those on an A2 licence.
KTM's LC8 engine is a proven motor by now, with few problems to report and KTM's Adventure family are well built.
The 1090 Adventure comes in much cheaper than the more premium competition, without skimping on quality. The standard price of £11,299 is good value, although the bike we tested would have cost £12,800.
As the 1090 is the baby of the Adventure range the spec doesn't quite match that of its bigger brothers, but you do get three riding modes as standard: Sport, Street and Rain. An off-road setting can be unlocked with the optional off-road pack (£243.78). Traction control and ABS are standard but not lean-sensitive and the TC can't be deactivated on the move. Old-style clocks remain.