KTM have confirmed that the eagerly anticipated new 790 Adventure will arrive in Australia this June with 790 Adventure retailing for $21,195 ride away, while the slightly more up-spec 790 Adventure R will sell for $22,695 ride away. This week KTM also clarified the pricing of the complete 2019 KTM Adventure Range.
2019 KTM Adventure Range Pricing
2019 KTM 790 Adventure – $21,195 Ride Away
2019 KTM 790 Adventure R – $22,695 Ride Away
2019 KTM 690 Enduro R – $17,595 Ride Away
2019 KTM 1090 Adventure R – $24,295 Ride Away
2019 KTM 1290 Super Adventure / S – $28,395 Ride Away
2019 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R – $29,195 Ride Away
Tam Paul – KTM National Brand Manager
“We have been faced with many external pricing pressures; the Team at KTM Australia has been working hard to minimize the impact to the Rider. In review of currency comparisons we are priced in line with our European counterparts and all models represent exceptional value.”
KTM 790 Adventure
The main differences between the 790 Adventure and its 790 Adventure R siblings are 40mm less suspension travel at both ends, 200mm versus 240mm. Predictably, this also affects seat height, with the 790 Adventure perch at 830-850mm, while the 790 Adventure R is fixed at 880mm.
The 790 Adventure suspension is of the WP APEX specification, while the 790 Adventure R is of XPLOR specification. The differences in those specifications relate to the focus of the suspension tuning, with XPLOR damping and spring rates more focussed on the off-road end of the spectrum. WP also recently released XPLOR PRO and APEX PRO shocks and forks for those that want to take their suspension towards race level performance, these are complete replacement items that can also be purchased from KTM Australia when they become available later in the year.
Along with the aforemention height-adjustable two-part seat, the standard KTM 790 Adventure also gets more wind protection. However the user configurable ‘Rally’ mode that is standard on the R model is an optional extra on the standard Adventure.
Optional add-ons for both models are Quickshifter+ and Cruise Control.
KTM quote 95 horsepower at 8000 rpm and 88 Nm at 6600 rpm for both 790 Adventure models. This is 10 hp down on the stomping 790 Duke streetbike that first utilised this new parallel twin from KTM, but the claimed 88 Nm torque of the 790 Adventure is marginally higher, and at 6600 rpm, that peak twist arrives 1400 rpm earlier than the 790 Duke, which itself boasts prodigious mid-range punch.
The incredibly small engine packaging (only fractionally larger externally than the 375cc single in the 390 Duke), gives KTM the room to fit a long swingarm and more space for the fuel cell. A special effort was made to have the air-filter easily accessible for cleaning and servicing
The small engine dimensions also allow for plenty of ground clearance while maintaining a reasonable seat height.
Clearance on the 790 Adventure is 233 mm while the 790 Adventure R has 263 mm of clearance.
Seat height on the Adventure is adjustable between 830 and 850 mm while the saddle on the 790 Adventure R is a taller 880 mm.
Both are also claimed to tip the scales at 189kg without their 20-litre fuel cells being topped up.
Thus we can extrapolate that the 790 Adventure weighs in at 204kg fully fuelled and ready to ride.
Again those slim and compact engine dimensions have played their part in keeping the fuel low with the tank extending down alongside the engine, similar to what we once saw in the 990 Adventure models some years ago.
KTM claim a fuel range as high as 450 km from the new bikes and while this might be possible when being nursed, realistically a rider will more likely able to count on a 350+ km range in most touring duties.
Predictably, KTM owned WP provides the suspension for both bikes.
Inverted 43 mm forks on the Adventure grow to more premium 48 mm XLPOR forks in the R.
Suspension travel at both ends is 200 mm for the Adventure and 240 mm on the R.
Both bikes roll on an 18-21 inch spoked rim combination.
Easily adjusted from the left bar-mounted menu switch, the KTM 790 Adventure has different ride modes to enable riders to explore the full potential of the bike.
Street, Offroad and Rain riding modes, along with the optional Rally mode (standard on the R), alter the behaviour and feeling of the engine.
Changing a ride mode changes the throttle response, the traction control level and, depending on the mode, the peak power. Rider aids are there to assist you in variable situations, featuring KTM’s MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control), cornering ABS, off-road ABS (deactivating ABS at the rear while front wheel ABS intervention is reduced and data from the lean angle sensor is not considered), an Offroad ride mode and the more advanced Rally mode which enable the rider to adapt the character of the bike more freely.
The KTM 790 Adventure is also equipped with the state-of-the-art TFT display. Easily readable in all conditions, the full color, 5″ screen’s configuration is variable and automatically adapts to changes in environmental light.
The main information is arranged in a position where the rider can immediately see it, while additional displayed information can be chosen by the rider with the integrated KTM MY RIDE system is integrated. This allows pairing with a smartphone for receiving (or rejecting) phone calls, listening to music and, using the optional app, navigating with on screen turn-by-turn directions along with audio prompts.
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