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KTM 790 Adventure R long-term test review

Published: 21 March 2019

Updated: 27 March 2019

There’s no escaping the fact that my ideal world is populated with adventure bikes, off-road riding and big road miles. And the new KTM 790 Adventure R is the bike I’ve been waiting for since I nearly bought a 640 Adventure fifteen years ago!

I have a big commute and use my bike for everything, meaning I’ll be racking up a lot of miles on tarmac, but also plan some multi day European off-road adventures where I will carry everything I need in terms of cooking and camping equipment, and would love to ride it to Romania.

I’d like to hook up with Dakar rider Lyndon Poskitt, who is riding a heavily modified 690, to compare his highly evolved bike with a production 790, find out if it really any good off-road, hit the trails in the UK, and see if it’s anywhere near as refined on the tarmac as its bigger stablemates.

  • Key stats: • £11,999 • 94bhp • 65ftlb • 880mm seat • 189kg (dry)
  • Rider: Michael Guy (46, 5ft 9in, 70kg)
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