With fully adjustable, top spec WP suspension front and rear you can make the bike as soft or stiff as you like. In standard settings it’s taut but compliant on road and its lack of weight (189kg) means it doesn’t sag down deep into its stroke the moment you take it off the side stand.
While the riding position feels focused it’s comfortable with the firm seat giving the support needed for long days. There is plenty of room to move backwards and forwards and the handlebar clamp position can be adjusted to suit within a range of 40mm.
Off-road the suspension does an incredible job of ironing out bumps even in the harsh confounds of the world launch in Morocco. Helped by the low slung fuel tanks which sit either side of the engine it’s well balanced and its low centre of gravity helps technical riding and high speed stability.
The 880mm seat height is reasonably tall, but with the bike being thin and light it’s easy to get your feet down and handle at slow speed.
There’s plenty of braking power on tap thanks to the twin 320mm discs and four pot calipers but with plenty of feel for off road performance. It features specific road and off-road ABS as well as cornering ABS.
Power comes courtesy of the same 799cc double over head cam parallel twin motor first introduced in the KTM 790 Duke in 2018 but with revised mapping for more mid range.
With 95bhp at 8,000 rpm and 65ft/lb torque at 6,600rpm it has similar figures to the Honda Africa Twin or BMW F850GS, but due to its weight – 43kg lighter than the Honda it feels livelier and more responsive.
While it’s not fast like it’s big brother KTM 1290 Super Adventure or Ducati Multistrada Enduro what it does have is easy to access and fun to play with. There is a great throttle connection giving precise control everywhere in the rev range.
It’s an all-new model so no user data is currently available. Service intervals are generous, with an oil change every 9320 miles and valve check at 18,000.
You get a lot of tech and equipment as standard on the KTM, but there are a host of extras available including.
- Quickshifter up and down
- Cruise control
- Heavy duty wheels
- Extra protection
- Heated grips
Utilising class-leading Bosch electronics there are four engine modes including the new Rally mode, which enables you to play with the amount of rear wheel slip easily from levels one to nine whilst riding. It means you can tailor the electronics to the terrain from wet roads and mud through smooth tarmac or deep sand.
Cornering ABS is standard along with specific road and off-road settings. Off road changes the parameters of the front ABS while allowing the rear wheel to lock.
The TFT dash is clear, concise and not overbearing, instead displaying the info you need with the right priorities. The up and down quick shifter is an optional extra, but works well and makes clean positive gear changes.