We’ve calculated the results of our second ADVRider.com Reader Shootout between the KTM 790 Adventure R and the BMW F 850 GS.  Similar to our previous Reader Shootout of the KTM 1290 Adventure R and the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure, one bike won many more category ratings than the other.  And, once again, the other machine won a few performance-intensive areas.

Before we get into the results, it’s best to recap what we asked you to do.  You were asked you to rate the KTM 790 Adventure R and the BMW F 850 GS in ten different moto areas and also to provide an overall rating.  Those areas were:

  1. Engine power
  2. Off-road capability
  3. Overall comfort
  4. Braking ability
  5. Electronic technology
  6. Control switches and settings
  7. Weather protection and engine temperature control
  8. Maintenance requirements
  9. Reliability
  10. Styling
  11. Overall moto rating

You were asked to give each section a rating from 1 – 5 with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent.

Shootout Scoring

Since you were not required to rate both motorcycles, and more people rated the KTM 790 Adventure R than the BMW F 850 GS, we weighted the averages to make sure our comparison was “apples to apples.”

Ultimately 66% of participants chose to rate the KTM while 34% decided to evaluate the BMW.  Some of you also took the time to share our Reader Shootout on social media, and that unquestionably gave the survey a more comprehensive range of responses.  Thank you, and please remember to share our other shootouts as they are posted.   More opinions give more accurate results.

Final Results

The final results were:

Reader Shootout  July 12 @ 3:00 PM BMW KTM
Engine power 3.873 3.956
Off-road capability 3.659 4.088
Overall comfort 4.138 3.578
Braking ability 4.102 4.074
Electronic technology 4.341 4.118
Control switches and settings 4.272 4.051
Weather protection and temperature control 3.889 3.148
Maintenance requirements 3.905 3.843
Reliability 4.098 3.752
Styling 4.378 3.727
Rate moto overall 4.234 4.159
  • Green font = category winner
  • Red font = category loser

So when all is said and done, the BMW F 850 GS is the winner, with an average rating of 4.234.  The KTM 790 Adventure R was not far behind with an overall score of 4.159.  The BMW gained the win by winning 9 of the 11 categories, sometimes with a very significant margin.

On the other hand, it’s clear that the KTM won the hearts and minds who favor outright performance over all other categories, particularly in the off-road capability category, where it bested the BMW by over 4/10s of a point.  But the KTM had some obvious losses in the other categories losing the weather protection and styling categories by nearly 3/4s of a point as well as the comfort category by more than 1/2 a point.  Still, it’s clear that you like both machines with them garnering more than a four-point average based upon your inputs to the “rate the moto overall” category.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this Reader Shootout. We’ll have another one soon based on a suggestion in the comments section.


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