KTM 790 Adventure Priced at $12,499

Rennie Scaysbrook | February 1, 2019

We now have a KTM 790 Adventure R Review.

KTM 790 Adventure Priced at $12,499—One of the most eagerly anticipated motorcycles of 2019—the KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R—will go on sale in the U.S. for $12,499 and $13,499, respectively.

KTM 790 Adventure Priced at $12,499

Priced competitively, the 790 Adventures look like they’re going to be real weapons!That puts the machine KTM expects will become one of if not the best sellers in its lineup on the favorable side against class stalwarts in the Triumph Tiger 800 XCx ($14,600), BMW F 850 GS ($14,295) and larger displacement Honda Africa Twin ADV Sports ($15,099)—as Mugato from Zoolander would say, “the mid-size ADV segment is so hot right now.”

Both the standard Adventure and the R share the same engine in the 799cc DOHC parallel-twin. KTM hasn’t provided any power figures for the LC8c motor, but expect somewhere in the region of 95 hp on tap, with both machines weighing a claimed 416 lb dry.

The two bikes differ in the obvious like bodywork and headlight, but also suspension. The base model gets WP’s 43mm APEX open cartridge upside down fork and WP APEX shock absorber with adjustable preload (both ends with 7.87 inches of travel), while the Adventure R gets beefier WP 48 mm XPLOR upside down forks with split function technology for more rugged off-road use, and the WP XPLOR PDS rear shock, for 9.5 inches of travel front and rear.

The base and R models both roll on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels with more off-road focused rubber standard on the 790 R.

The same electronics are also found between the two bikes in the TFT dash, traction control, four riding modes of Street, Off-Road, Rain and the optional Rally mode, Motor Slip Regulation and Cornering and Off-Road ABS.

We’ll be riding these two new orange weapons in Morocco next month and will report back to base camp with our findings real soon.

You can find more information, specifications and photos of the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R in our first look story here.

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Rennie Scaysbrook | Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook is our Road Test Editor. A lifetime rider, the Aussie made the trek across the Pacific to live the dream in the U.S. of A. Likes puppies and wheelies.