KTM has introduced two all new KTM 790 Adventure models at EICMA. There are two variants, the 790 Adventure and the 790 Adventure R. The 790 Adventure is a more touring biased machine while the 790 Adventure R is made for those who want more enduro like performance.

2019 KTM 790 Adventure R

KTM 790 Adventure R


Both machines utilize KTM’s compact 799 cc LC8c parallel twin engine, which was first introduced in the 790 Duke. KTM claims the engine makes 95 horsepower with a wide powerband of usable torque.


A tubular chromoly steel frame uses the engine as a stressed member to reduce weight and overall size. KTM says that the narrow engine gave KTM engineers and KISKA designers the ability to build a responsive and agile chassis best suited for adventure riders. At the rear, a compact steel trellis subframe was designed to support the weight of a passenger as well as panniers.


The standard 790 Adventure’s WP suspension has 9.1″ (233 mm) of ground clearance. Its 43mm upside down WP forks and WP rear shock provide 7.9″ (200 mm) of suspension travel. The Adventure R gives the rider even more offroad capability. Its WP XPLOR suspension provides an excellent 10.3″ (263 mm) ground clearance. 48mm WP forks and a WP branded shock result in and 9.4″ (240 mm) of suspension travel at both ends of the machine.


Specially designed spoked alloy wheels are mated to Metzeler Karoo 3 tube type dual sport tires. KTM used an off road biased 21″ front wheel and a 18″ rear, which should allow for many different tire choices if desired.

Specially Designed Fuel Tank

KTM has taken mass centralization very seriously. An all new fuel tank capable of holding 5.3 gallons (20 liters) was specially designed to be narrow and to keep the fuel’s weight low. KTM design concept was for the new tank that will provide 280 miles (450 km) of range.

The tank’s design also results in a narrow area around the riders knees for more freedom of movement while standing on the pegs.  The seat is now straighter and narrower. This results in a lower seat height than would be possible with a conventional fuel tank.


Seat heights are quite reasonable for a machine of this nature with the standard Adventure having a seat height as low as of 32.6″. The more enduro like Adventure R has a seat height of 34.6″.


Both bikes are fitted with ride by wire technology and advanced electronics. Multiple riding modes (Street, Offroad, Rain and Rally) can be selected to match the terrain being ridden. There are also lean angle sensors mated to the bikes motorcycle traction control (MTC) and cornering ABS. A full color multifunction TFT display rounds out the technology.

KTM claims a dry weight of 417 (189 kg) pounds.


Expect to see the new KTM 790 Adventure models in North American dealerships in Spring, 2019. Price has not yet been revealed.


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