KTM has been testing its upcoming 790 Adventure R for quite some time now. We’ve already seen various spy shots of the test mule. Now, KTM has unveiled an advanced prototype of the 790 Adventure R which looks almost production-ready.
The model was revealed at a special event in Sardinia, Italy. There’s no camouflage of any sorts. It does look a bit odd from the front, mostly because of the beaky headlight. However, the side view of the 790 Adventure R looks completely ready. We can clearly see the big bash plate to protect the essential parts of the bike. KTM has also used full covers for the WP USD forks at the front. It’s a good feature which would help to keep away all the dust and dirt.
Of course, it gets large chunky dual-purpose tires to allow the rider to tackle any kind of terrain without a fuss. The high ground clearance adds to the charm. KTM says that the 790 Adventure R would come with adjustable ergonomics, which could mean that the handlebar and the footpegs can be adjusted as per the rider’s requirements. KTM will also provide an advanced and high-tech electronic package which will include cornering ABS and traction control.
Speaking about the latest prototype, Chris Birch, eight times New Zealand enduro champion, 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!”
The 790 Adventure R will be powered by the same 799cc, twin cylinder engine that we’ve seen in the 790 Duke. It will be re-tuned to suit the character of this motorcycle. It’s been said that KTM might present the 790 Adventure R at this year’s EICMA show in Nov, and we could expect a launch early next year.