Weekends with the boys are more fun when you go for a high-adrenaline off-road adventure.
One of KTM’s newest releases, the KTM 790 Adventure R, comes with the promise of a good time with its lightweight frame and impressive off-road capabilities.
A lot of motorcycles look picture-perfect on paper but the only way to know for sure is if it measures up is when you’re riding it. Since the KTM 790 Adventure R has still not been released, the closest you can get to an experience is by watching brand ambassador Chris Birch put it to the test.
Birch is an eight-time champion of the New Zealand Enduro, a winner of Roof of Africa thrice, and a 2010 Red Bull Romaniacs laureate. So it is fair to say that his opinion on bikes is one that carries a lot of weight.
Chris compares the 790 Adventure R prototype to enduro bikes but with the qualities of big adventure bikes as well. It has a small and narrow engine with a fuel tank that is kept low. When measured against the KTM 990 Adventure — a remarkable bike first produced way back in 2006 — the 790 comes up a bit wider. Despite this comparison, he finds the KTM 790 Adventure R lightweight to ride because its fuel tank doesn’t hit anything.
In this video, he rides the KTM 790 Adventure R on dry, rough terrain, speeding through the mountain without an issue.
Watch the video to see for yourself what this bike is capable of out there in the wilderness.
According to KTM PR manager Luke Brackenbury, the company takes the opinion of customers very seriously and the clamor for a mid-capacity adventure bike was definitely heard resulting in the birth of the KTM 790 Adventure R — a middleweight travel enduro motorcycle.
Many have praised its LC8c 799 cc parallel-twin engine, which was developed with KTM’s latest Dakar-winning weapon, the KTM 450 Rally. Together with its gearbox, the engine weighs only 50kg. The size of the engine with this gearbox gives the bike more than enough ground clearance. Plus, there’s also better control because of its low seat height.
The KTM 790 Adventure R also features a 400km tank range and radial mount four-piston front brakes with ABS. The WP suspension is fully adjustable and there’s a long travel PDS for the rear shock. The bike stands fantastic on its own but if you feel like jazzing up the unit a little, there are options for off-road spoked wheels with LED lights, off-road ABS, lean angle sensitivity, ride mode technology and other official KTM power parts.
KTM was not keeping it low key when the prototype for the 790 Adventure R was unveiled in EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motorciclo e Accessori) last year. The motorcycle was ridden by none other than Chris Birch in the European Rider Rally held in Olbia city on the Italian island of Sardinia. It was where everyone got to see what the prototype can deliver and what to expect when it is released in the EICMA this year that will be on the sixth of November in Milan, Italy.
KTM AG or commonly known as KTM is the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe since 2014. The Austrian company makes off-road motorcycles (enduro, motocross, and supermoto) and has been in the top of the market consistently. It also produced street motorcycles since the 90s and sports cars, in 2008. Though it was formed in 1992, its early beginnings can be traced back to 1934. Currently, it is owned by KTM industries and the Indian manufacturer Bajaj Auto.