KTM 790 Adventure

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by 2whlin, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    I don’t have to top up my Nine between oil changes (now the missing info here is how frequently I change my oil :D The last time I carried oil I gave it away to a needy 690 rider at a gas station. Not a big enough sample to draw any conclusions, at least it wouldn’t have been pre-post-truth. Nowadays the headlines would be “690’s causing major oil crisis!”

  2. timeOday

    timeOday Long timer

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    The achilles heel of that motor is the cam follower bearings.

    The 790 motor is all-new, and not only that, their first parallel-twin motor, so there is some risk. But the 790 Duke will have been out a year before the ADV so they get to be the guinea pigs, although that isn't a lot of time for longevity issues to show up.

    Something I would expect from a middleweight twin cylinder bike (as opposed to a plated dirtbike) is the ability to do significant mileage and go 75K+ miles without a rebuild.
    I think big KTMs have a fine reputation for handling mileage, although you don't hear of nearly as many with high miles as you do R1200GS, VStrom, etc. Maybe because they are just less common overall.
  3. NoVa Road Warrior

    NoVa Road Warrior Off Road Hooligan

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    OMG!!!! I am (was) an AVID BMW F800GS fan. (dirt riding prefered). From what I've seen in this video, I may be converting to KTM. (need to do more research).

    alas, there will be one tricked out 2012 BMW F800GS for sale in the local craigslist. This is not an easy decision, I've got a lot of time, $$$money, and heart invested in this bike with finest of mods.

    Initial thoughts from this video: Could the KTM 790 be long sought out Holy Grail ADV bike?
  4. chevtech

    chevtech Been here awhile

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    Or, a disproportionate percentage of KTM owners beat the piss out of their bikes compared to Starbucks poker runs?!? I would never expect anything I own to last as long as the same model owned by a sane and sensible human!

    :lol3
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  5. supasonic

    supasonic Been here awhile

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    Two days ago a watched a review from an austrian guy (1 year, 20 k km review or something like that). He said something about 0,5 litres at 1000 km. Is this ok for you? My 1200 Gs has the same level as 10.000 km ago.
    This would be a major issue for me.


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  6. DrHeinrich

    DrHeinrich Adventurer

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    Say more about what you saw in person and what leads to this conclusion.

    I think this could be an excellent machine but I'm concerned about weight especially post crash bar install, etc to protect all that plastic and bulbous carbon. Much of which I don't understand the necessity of - but then, I'm on a DR...

  7. Maoule

    Maoule Long timer

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    Well, I heard that....oh, never mind.
    BTW, it’s time to change your oil.
  8. BlackSails

    BlackSails Adventurer

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  9. supasonic

    supasonic Been here awhile

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    Oh, look! Sarcasm. Now thats unique. Or was it pathetic? I dont remember.


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  10. AliveDK

    AliveDK Been here awhile

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    My worry also, the 950/990 Adv was finally a bike where don’t feel like you have stolen your kids push bike !!!

    The 790 Adv do look smallish....
  11. AliveDK

    AliveDK Been here awhile

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    CARB meaning ??
  12. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    California Air Resource Board. It's the emissions certification used by California and all new vehicles sold in the US now go through them.
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  13. chevtech

    chevtech Been here awhile

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    When 40 million buyers live in one state...it pretty much controls the emissions of vehicles sold in the United States as a whole. Given California's air pollution issues, it is understandable.

    :(
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  14. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    It's not "just" that. 13 other states now use it to regulate all vehicles and the EPA adopted the standard for all models coming into the US from 2016 on. The EPA leans on CARB for the certification.
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  15. AliveDK

    AliveDK Been here awhile

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    Thanks, is it more strict than Euro4 ?
  16. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    I think it was stricter than Euro 3 but is now, more or less, the same as Euro 4. Don't quote me on that.
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  17. Paulo_les_gaz

    Paulo_les_gaz Ridaventureux

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    As an FYI, CARB was also adopted as a norm in Canada
  18. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    So can the 790 finally be the replacement for the SE??
  19. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork Ol Two Flags

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    I really doubt it but myself and others are hoping. Mine is getting long in the tooth and I don't like the idea of buying another just to have a parts bike.
  20. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    950 Adventure is way overlooked.

    A lot of people forget the 950 Adventure is 20 lbs. lighter then 990 ADV and SMT (no ABS and ABS Brain Box).

    And there's 40 lbs. of excess that can be easily removed to get it's weight comparable to a 950SER. This becomes the ultimate big dual sport adventure bike...

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    Dual front brakes offer better dirt braking then SER. Slightly lower seat height. An adjustable rear wheelbase length with axle blocks... Shorter wb for tighter tracks, longer for desert/ high speed. More steering head trail for stability and no high speed twitchiness compared to SER. Lower fuel COG for riding/ leaning at slower speeds. Better/ firmer rear shock with more adjustments.

    Center easy air filter access from split fuel tanks. Higher better protected oil reservoir then SER. Split tank design offers cooler airflow then SER. Better wind protection.

    A durable poly rear 2.2 gal aux tank weighs next to nothing empty and increases range to 200 plus miles.

    My 950 weighs about 450 lbs. and there's another 10-15 lbs. to loose if I want to go single front brake, loose rear pegs, rear rack, loose aluminum skid plate for CF.

    Such an underrated and under appreciated best bike of the past decade.

    My hope is the 790 Adv maintains all the great characteristics of the 950 Adventure at sub 400 lbs. (50+ lbs. lighter than my lightened 950).

    Otherwise, what's the point?