790 Adventure R

Discussion in 'Parallel World (790/890)' started by Cocker66, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. Cocker66

    Cocker66 Adventurer

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    Will the new 790 be the death of big bore adventure bikes?

    Interestingly comment from a ktm salesman today.

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  2. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    Never,

    Think about it...

    790 rider pillion full luggage,never

    1290 will always rule
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  3. kokos79

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    Adventure bikes started out at 650/750cc and ~60hp, then went to 1000cc, then to 1200cc and now they're 1300cc pushing 160hp, and they're selling more than ever. I doubt it will end the production of big bore bikes. Most people buy adventure bikes to use as tourers, because of the ergonomics and load capacity.
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  4. Sobiloff

    Sobiloff Been here awhile

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    I've done two-up on my 690. It's why I bought a 1290.
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  5. kaertner

    kaertner Long timer

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    A friend of mine did two up on a 640 about 20 years ago all the way from Vienna in Austria to Sardinia, with bags.
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  6. rubber_band

    rubber_band Been here awhile

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    There is a wide spectrum of use cases for Adv bikes....which is why you have folks using all different sized bikes with different capabilities.
    Hard to imaging a single bike covering all the bases.
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  7. Marki_GSA

    Marki_GSA Long timer

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    Could be argued the 790r could be more popular than the 1290r. It will probably be more manageable in proper off road stuff. As far as replacing the S and if they ever do another one, T, no chance. The big bore adventure bikes exist because they are big bikes. As already said most of these bikes are used as tourers and long distance luggers.
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  8. rick danger

    rick danger The further adventures of

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    Thats the thing. I bet 90% of people use them for that. Those people dont care as much about weight as they do power. The bikes might see an occasional dirt road. Even though they have 5k worth of skid plates and touratech crap on em. :lol3 Not that theres anything wrong with that. As seinfeld would say.
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  9. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    Was thinking of adding a 1x90 to the stable. What kind of 2up riding do you guys do? any videos posted up?
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  10. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum Super Supporter

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    I am anxiously waiting for the launch of the 790 to see how it does on the highway. I doubt it can compete with my 1290 SAR, but who knows. I do a lot of highway to get to forest service roads, and the 1290 just excels at that kind of riding. Very comfy and capable at highway speeds and surprisingly good off pavement. The only downside is the weight. If the 790 was almost as good as the 1290 on the highway I might be tempted to trade. Otherwise I will keep the 1290.
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  11. rubber_band

    rubber_band Been here awhile

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    My wife sits on the back and we go places.
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  12. rick danger

    rick danger The further adventures of

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    Will 50 pounds really be worth the trade off in power?
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  13. nigelj

    nigelj Been here awhile

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    Actually 1190 already rules...1290 is just willy waving as my gf would say
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  14. Tiggersteve

    Tiggersteve Been here awhile

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    Envy gets you no where :D
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  15. DeathValleyTiger

    DeathValleyTiger Scrub

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    Depends if that 50lbs also comes with better geometry, lower CoG, at minimum- comparable suspension.

    Isn't the 1090 ridiculous offroad compared to the 1290?

    My tiger 800 was fine 2 up at highway speeds with K60s, the 790 should have more power and probably less weight. I think it'll be fine.

    And depending on how they setup the geometry and suspension, it could be AMAZING.
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  16. Sobiloff

    Sobiloff Been here awhile

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    Twisty pavement and very easy dirt roads. I'd tackle harder dirt roads if I got some solo practice on them with the 1290, but I usually just end up riding my dirt bike. No vids, sorry!

    Even though my preference for two-up is the 1290, of course plenty of people have gone long distances on smaller bikes. Heck, Eldon Carl's been riding 2-up on KLRs for, what, 30 years?
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  17. Todd157k

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    We tend to do some of the harder trails. Just wondering how hard it is to maneuver another 100 lbs of bike through it. :beer
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  18. mhr650

    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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    1090 offroad is exactly the same as 1290 offroad. There are only a few pounds difference, you could always take the center stand off of your 1290 and be almost exactly the same weight.
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  19. DeathValleyTiger

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    I was under the impression that while weight and geometry was the same, the 1050 engine was significantly easier to handle offroad. Full disclosure I haven't ridden either of them, maybe one day I can check them out. I sat on a 1090 and it felt really similar to my Triumph when I first got it.
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  20. mhr650

    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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    In offroad mode they have exactly the same horsepower, and with electronic throttle control it is not exactly a given that the lighter flywheel on the 1090 will be able to rev quicker. I have never ridden a 1090 but the 1290 has tremendous low end torque and can just chug over pretty much everything put in its path.
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