If you thought giant trailies were all about sloshy handling, monster fork dive and woeful brakes then the KTM 950/990 Adventure will turn your world upside-down. Despite the colossal 21-inch front wheel the road-holding is excellent and utterly confidence-inspiring, with perfect balance. The KTM 950 and 990 Adventure comes with ABS which is reassuring on the road and, thankfully, with a button, dispensable off it.
The carb-fed KTM 950 Adventure is absolutely spot-on, with a smooth, effortless and nigh-on endless supply of easy power. The KTM 990 Adventure, on the other hand, takes the injected engine from the barking KTM 990 Super Duke. In this guise, though, the 990 Adventure somewhat sensitive and snatchy at around-town speeds or when trying to tickle along at a constant speed.
The WP suspension, Renthal bars and Brembo brakes are of top quality and reflect the overall standard of the build of the KTM 950/990 Adventure. KTMs enjoy a high degree of reliability, born of a successful background in off-road racing and endurance events. Chain drive on the 950/990 Adventure maybe a drawback, though, compared to the hassle-free shaft option on the BMW R1200GS.
The KTM 950/990 Adventure is expensive to buy, but compared to the pricier BMW R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure it’s something of a bargain, especially if you plan to spend more time off-road than on it. Prices are slow to sink on the KTM 950/990 Adventure, and the quality plastics, though slow to age and damage, are cheap to replace. Find a KTM 950 Adventure for sale or a KTM 990 Adventure for sale.
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Panniers, Akrapovic exhausts, alarms, hard luggage – you name it, you can have it on your KTM 950/990 Adventure from the company's extensive ‘Hard Parts’ catalogue. As stock you get ABS and plastic hand guards only.