Intermot: New KTM 1090 Adventure revealed

Published: 04 October 2016

For those willing to concede that the vast majority of their riding be on the tarmac, the standard 1090 Adventure is the more logical option. Fundamentally the same bike as the Adventure R, it gets the same 125bhp engine and running gear, adjustable rider ergonomics and electronics.

So what’s the difference? Well, the big one is the addition of cast alloy wheels with more street-focused rim sizes of 19in at the front and 17in at the rear, plus more understated styling and a black frame in place of the R’s garish orange. 

Fewer off-road pretensions, and those smaller rims and shorter travel suspension also lead to a seat height reduction of 40mm, from 890mm to 850mm compared to the R – making it a far easier bike to get on and off, and to control at junctions.

Those cast wheels come shod in Metzeler Tourance Next rubber in 110/70 R19 front and 150/70 R17 rear tyre sizes. KTM also offer a 95bhp variant – which can then be restricted to the 38kW (47bhp) for A2 riders. Once the owner has their full licence, the restriction can be removed.