KTM unveiled their Dakar-inspired KTM 790 Adventure R at EICMA 2018 in Milan. The sporty model was unveiled alongside the road-friendlier KTM 790 Adventure and uses the same 799cc LC8c engine. The R is distinguishable by its upgraded WP suspension and slightly raked out front end.
With suspension offering 240mm of travel at either end and 93.7bhp in the middle with a six-speed sequential gear box, the 790 Adventure R looks like it will be an off-road weapon. It also comes with the Rally rider mode (an optional upgrade on the standard Adventure model).
Developed alongside the KTM 450 Rally, the KTM 790 Adventure R gives aggressive off-road performance in a bike comfortable for long distance. And that’s a good thing because KTM claim it will manage around 280 miles between fill ups.
This comfort is enhanced by a lower seat option and six handlebar mounting positions. This is coupled with a low-slung fuel tank, to lower the centre of gravity and improve handling. Carrying additional luggage is also possible, thanks to optional official extras consisting of such things as a top case and rear luggage bag.
KTM riding modes
Alongside comfort, there are also selectable rider modes, with an advanced off-road mode that can be turned off should you want complete control in the wilderness. A ride-by-wire throttle promises riders a more precise power delivery upon application, too.