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KTM 1090 ADVENTURE (2017-on) Review

Published: 03 May 2017

Updated: 03 May 2017

All the appealing qualities of the 1050 and still easy to ride

KTM 1090 ADVENTURE  (2017-on)

All the appealing qualities of the 1050 and still easy to ride

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The new 1090 has all the appealing qualities of the 1050 and is still easy to ride. But extra power makes it a more exciting ride, especially on twisty roads where its excellent handling and light steering come to the fore.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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. 

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

KTM's LC8 engine is a proven motor by now, with few problems to report and KTM's Adventure family are well built.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £11,299
Used price £7,300 to £10,000
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £300
Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 80.4 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Engine size 1050cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, V-twin
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 205kg
Front suspension 48mm WP fork
Rear suspension WP rear monoshock adjustable for pre-load and compression damping.
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston Brembo caliper.
Rear brake 320mm rear disc with two piston Brembo caliper
Front tyre size 110/80-R19
Rear tyre size 150/70-R17

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

Other versions

1090 Adventure R

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their KTM 1090 ADVENTURE (2017-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KTM 1090 ADVENTURE (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 3.7 out of 5
5 out of 5

A Great all round bike

09 September 2019 by Steve S

The 1090 is a fantastic bike it performs every task outstandingly the way it rides is fantastic, and on a damp track the rain mode inspires confidence (the traction control is seamless) on the twisty section select sport and you heart will be pumping it is smooth as silk pure joy, I can’t fault the 1090 and will never understand why KTM have stopped production.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The 1090 is a Fantastic Bike it does the lot Brembo Brakes WP Suspension what more could you want.It has a 200 mile plus range you can ride that distance in comfort I take a pillion more often than not and the comfort is spot on.(although the standard single seat was not the best for my Pillion so I fitted the twin seats that are on the 1290)
5 out of 5
The engine is lovely, sounds great when you get above 3000 rpm I think they have got this spot on. I hired an 1190 for a trip in Aus and tested the 1290 before I purchased my 1090, perhaps I am a lucky chap and the God of engineering has had a hand in bringing my engine to life but as good as the 1190 was in Aus and as breath taking as the 1290 is the 1090 lump in my opinion is the most useable.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Only covered 3500 miles so far not missed a beat an old engineering saying 99 times out of a 100 if it looks right it is right, every weld, every component looks right, built for a hard life she will be good.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
The first service was just under £200 and I had Demo to try whilst they serviced mine, can’t fault the aftercare. Going forward the cost per service looks ok the 9000-mile interval for me will only be one service a year.
4 out of 5
I like the clocks so no TFT is not an issue the three riding modes are more than enough for me so the only items missing to make it 5 out 5 are Heated Grips and a centre stand Standard.
Buying experience

I bought the bike from the KTM in Oxford (great to deal with) on an end of production deal the dealer gave a little bit of discount on the heated grips, centre stand ( I think both of which should have been standard) and a set of panniers. They gave me a good price for my R1200GS part exchange so valve was very good.

5 out of 5

An outstanding bike

13 April 2019 by rodstead

It's a hooligan's machine that just makes me smile every time I use it. Just love it! Fuel economy is fantastic - averaging 12.2m/ltr when hammered.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
To quote The Greatest, floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. Supply ride that sharpens up when pushed hard. Brakes are amazingly effective.
5 out of 5
Pulls like a train in all gears!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Looks great, finish is excellent & no warranty issues. Only issue is with the unlocking of the top box - this is really poor.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Costs for first service & dealer fitted extras seem very reasonable.
4 out of 5
Equipment level is good for the price. Seat isn't particularly comfortable in standard form. Top box isn't worth the money - opening mechanism is very poor - so save £'s & buy a Givi.
Buying experience

Main dealer was very helpful - got a massive discount which I've re-invested in accessories.

5 out of 5

Best of the bunch for me

20 June 2018 by 365 rider

Best bike ever for me, and I've had a few. Comfortable on long trips, sportive, good for 2-up...

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Services are only every 15k, but expensive at official dealers.
5 out of 5
Super strong and vivid engine.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
3 out of 5
1090 comes very standard.

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