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KTM 790 ADVENTURE (2019-on) Review

Published: 06 November 2018

Updated: 08 March 2019

KTM 790 Adventure aims to combine genuine off-road capability with on-road comfort

KTM 790 ADVENTURE  (2019-on)

KTM 790 Adventure aims to combine genuine off-road capability with on-road comfort

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The all new KTM 790 Adventure is the ever so slightly tamer and more road biased version of the flagship 790R. It’s KTM’s latest take on the adventure bike class and a step away from 240kg +, 125bhp + bikes that currently define the class.

Although more road focussed, it can’t hide its off-road credentials and while it has less ground clearance, suspension travel and lower-spec forks, it retains its true adventure credentials thanks to its true off-road wheel sizes: 21” front and 18” rear.

Well-equipped as standard, there are plenty of creature comforts and tech to play with, all the info displayed neatly on the TFT dash.

As an overall package it feels classy, substantial and confidence inspiring. Perfectly suited for any rider who wants to get more out of their adventure bike and feel less intimidated by the physical size and power of modern machines.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

With WP suspension front and rear the bike feels well supported and firm - all of which is helped by its relative lack of weight. The rear shock is adjustable for pre-load, but the forks are non-adjustable yet still deliver good feedback on or off-road.

While the riding position feels focussed, it’s comfortable with the firm seat giving the support needed for long days. There is plenty of room to move backward and forwards and the handlebar clamp position can be adjusted to suit within a range of 40mm.

The low-slung fuel tanks which sit either side of the engine mean it’s well balanced and has a low centre of gravity, and that helps technical riding and high speed stability.

The 830mm seat height feels right for the size of bike and can be raised to 850mm with a new seat or lowered right down to 800mm with a lower seat and shorter rear shock.

There’s plenty of braking power on tap thanks to the twin 320mm discs and four pot calipers with plenty of feel for off-road performance. It features specific road and off-road ABS as well as cornering ABS.

Engine 4 out of 5

Power comes courtesy of the same 799cc double overhead cam parallel twin motor first introduced in the 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 850GS, but due to its weight – 43kg lighter than the Honda - it feels lively and more responsive.

While it’s not fast like its 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

It’s an all new model so no user data is currently available.  Service intervals are generous, with an oil change every 9320 miles.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

You get a lot of tech and equipment as standard on the KTM, but there are a host of extras available including:

  • Rally engine mode
  • Quickshifter up and down
  • Cruise control
  • Luggage
  • Heavy duty wheels
  • Extra protection
  • Heated grips

Equipment 4 out of 5

Using class leading Bosch electronics, there are three 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. This is an optional extra.

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £11,099
Used price £9,500 to £11,100
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £270
Performance
Max power 95 bhp
Max torque 65 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 799cc
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC Parallel twin
Frame type Chromium-molybdenum-steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 189kg
Front suspension WP-USD Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension WP shock absorber
Front brake 2 × radially mounted 4 piston caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear brake 2 piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 260 mm
Front tyre size 90/90-21"
Rear tyre size 150/70-18"

History & Versions

Model history

None

Other versions

KTM 790 Adventure R - a more hardcore off-roader

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their KTM 790 ADVENTURE (2019-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 790 ADVENTURE (2019-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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

The bike i asked for 8 years ago is here, and better than i imagined.

07 August 2019 by rogern

This is the best balanced bike i have ever ridden. Felt natural from the start. I mostly use if for commuting in town (workdays), weekend road rides, going into forest track rides. It has a shorter seat than the 790R, which is why i chose the 790. Nothing has gone wrong with it. As with any bike, test ride it before you buy it.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes are great. At start seat was uncomfortable - after 1 hour needed a break. But it has bedded in, and not uncomfortable now - did a 4 hour ride between breaks. Taken it on forest track which hadn't been graded in a long time with exposed rocks. Really good going - though i should have taken the rubber inserts out of the pegs, and will likely add handlebar risers. Weight is low down.
Engine
5 out of 5
Swapped BMW F800GS for KTM 1290 Superduke R then swapped that for this bike, so the engine is a totally different, but compares well to previous BMW F800GS. Engine is still warming up. The bike is really quiet. The akrapovic exhaust would be great, but at a cost.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Only done 1500 km - no issues. Low fuel does come on a bit early (with about 4-5 L remaining). It probably does take 1500-2000 km to bed in, you can really notice how it improves as time goes by.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
15000 km servicing periods. I did a highway ride, got 434 km before the fuel light came on, then filled up with 15.5 L - so over 500km definitely possible. During town commute, I get about 400km on a tank.
Equipment
4 out of 5
It has most of what i want pivot pegs, hand guards, bash plate, doesn't feel like it needs crash bars, seat started out uncomfortable but after a few weeks it is fine so i wont be going for comfort seat. It is missing heated grips as standard (ordered), missing centre stand (but that would just add weight), cruise control not standard (probably will buy that later). I'm still deciding on screen for motorway riding. The bike came out before all the equipment was available. TFT screen works well, but i have to get a handle on the connectivity - currently leaving the sat nav to my phone attached to the handlebars.
Buying experience

Purchased in Australia KTM Brisbane from a dealer - went in for Superduke servicing, they gave me a 790 Adventure for the day. Brilliant. Went back on Saturday, got a good trade in deal, purchased the bike.

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