KTM’s Announces 790 Adventure R Prototype at EICMA
KTM Debuts a Stunner in Milan
Hot on the heels of the 2019 790 Duke unveil at the 2017 EICMA Show in Milan comes the announcement adventure riders across the world have been waiting for, the confirmation of the 790 Adventure.
But it’s not coming anytime soon, sadly, as the bike that stole the KTM show at EICMA is only a prototype, with a view to be released for the 2019 model year (although nothing is officially confirmed by KTM USA).
The 790 Adventure is based off the same platform as the parallel-twin 799cc Duke but with a massive array of differences including suspension, bodywork, seat, lights and a low slung gas tank, as well as electronic aids optimized for off-road riding.
“We aimed to design the most performance-focused mid-weight travel enduro of its class, with the dynamism of much bigger engine machines, by giving it a leading power-to-weight ratio,” says KTM CSO Hubert Trunkenpolz. “The KTM 790 Adventure R prototype is built from a pure off-road obsession. KTM is the market leader in the dirt; our heritage in this field is something no other motorcycle brand can easily copy and this is another exciting indication of the future.”
As the 790 Adventure R is still a prototype, expect there to be some design and hardware changes implemented by the time it does indeed reach production. The 790 will thus become the modern-day version of the company’s legendary 640 Adventure from the mid-90s and go head to head with the recently updated BMW F 850 GS and Triumph Tiger 800, and, when they eventually release it, the Yamaha MT-07-based adventure bike.