Ever since KTM first released the video of the 790 Duke prototype, we were in love with that motorcycle. And last year at EICMA, the Austrian manufacturer revealed it with a lot of fanfare. And we fell in love with it a bit more. However, another interesting bike showcased at the show was the 790 Adventure R. It was a concept, but now a test mule of the same has been spotted somewhere in Europe.
Looking at the test mule it can be said that KTM has successfully managed to keep many elements of the original concept. Although the test bike looks quite production-ready, we really aren’t sure how much of it will actually stay till the bike goes up on the assembly line. But we’re certain about the engine. The 790 Adventure R is going to be powered by the same twin cylinder engine that we’ve seen in the 790 Duke. It’s a sweet motor which churns out a max power of 103bhp and 85Nm of peak torque. However, it is going to be in a different state of tune considering the genre of the motorcycle.
The 790 Adventure R is expected to weigh around 204kg. It has got the power to handle that, and the mechanical aids as well. The picture of the test mule shows us that it has got certain basic entities that an adventure bike should have – hand-guards, a high-mounted front-fender, skid-plate, spoked wheels, etc.. Other features include a long travel suspension setup, a dual disc setup at the front and single at the rear, with ABS. However, the test bike doesn’t carry the Akrapovic exhaust that the prototype had, instead gets a bulkier Euro-4 compliant system. It also got rid of the split seat arrangement.
We’d definitely like to get our hands on the 790 Adventure R. But there’s still time in that. KTM hasn’t released any official details regarding the bike and we’re expecting it to be still in mid testing phase. Let’s see whether KTM launches it by the end of 2018 or not.