KTM’s 790 spawns Adventure concept
KTM boss, Stefan Pierer, confirmed to MCN last year that the new 790 Duke would be closely followed by an Adventure version – and here’s the barely-disguised prototype to prove it.
With Triumph’s Tiger 800 proving a rampant success (and heavily updated or 2018,), while BMW also bring two new middleweight GS models, there’s both appetite, and competition to meet head on. And a middleweight Adventure model central in KTM’s heartland. The 790 Adventure prototype looks absolutely beguiling, with typical KTM angular aggression underpinned by Dakar styling that smacks of their rally domination.
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Using the new 799cc LC8c parallel-twin debuted in the Duke, it closes the gap between KTM’s enduros and their Adventure series; a modern interpretation of their market pre-empting 640 Adventure from 1997.
KTM say it will be the most “performance-focused mid-weight travel enduro of its class, with a dynamism and power-to-weight ratio normally found in larger displacement bikes.” It’s a 450 Rally for the world traveller. We’ll have two.
KTM 790 Adventure
Engine 799cc parallel-twin
Power 103.3bhp @ 9000rpm (est)
Seat height 850mm (est)
Weight 180kg (est, dry)
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