Official reveal and pics show the 2019 master middleweight in all its glory.
The Austrian factory unveiled the motorcycle at its European Adventure Rally last month. And here’s a photo of the bike being finally shown in action.
The all-new parallel-twin powered bike has been developed alongside KTM’s latest Dakar-winning weapon, the KTM 450 Rally, to be the link between the firm’s enduro bikes and street range for 2019.
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Riders at the event were given an exclusive opportunity to see an early pre-production version of the KTM 790 Adventure R ridden by Chris Birch – an eight times New Zealand Enduro champ and triple Roof of Africa winner.
After riding the bike, Chris said: “I’m honestly blown away by the new KTM 790 Adventure R. Naturally, I’ve got a lot of experience on enduro bikes and the awesome ability of the big KTM Adventure models, and this just feels like the perfect combination of them both. Obviously, what I rode is still a prototype, but it’s looking in terrific shape. Can’t wait to ride the final product!”
KTM PR manager Luke Brackenbury said: “KTM listens to its customers and dealers throughout the world and the demand for a very hardcore, mid-capacity Adventure bike was repeatedly raised.
“Make no mistake, this new KTM will be the most performance-focused middleweight travel enduro on the market with a spec sheet to rival machines of a much bigger displacement.”
Full details of the bike will be revealed at EICMA, Milan on November 6 this year, but for now here’s what we know about the bike:
■ Utilises new KTM LC8c 799cc parallel twin engine, tuned for a wider spread of torque when compared with KTM 790 Duke.
■ Over 400km fuel tank range.
■ Low seat height.
■ Low-slung fuel tank for optimum centre of gravity.
■ Fully adjustable WP suspension front and back with long travel and PDS for the shock absorber.
■ Radial mounted, four-piston front brake calipers with ABS and off-road ABS options.
■ Adjustable ergonomics to match the rider and the riding situation.
■ Spoked wheels in true off-road sizes for optimum tyre choice.