KTM’s expanding worldwide production network has given the travel segment the juiciest ‘throwback’ with the reinvigoration of the KTM 790 ADVENTURE: the original searing combo of torquey power, lithe handling and utter versatility but refreshed for 2023.
In 2018 the bike set the standard for a mix of energizing performance and empowerment. It defined the midweight motorcycling travel sector and a niche created by KTM. Riders could gas the KTM 790 ADVENTURE across either tarmac or the trail with utter commitment and confidence, knowing they would have the goods and specifications to manage a wide range of conditions or landscapes. Come 2022, there was momentum for overhauling this ideal ‘first taste’ foil for people curious or anxious for adventure.
For the bike’s comeback, KTM wanted even more ‘rideability’ from the LC8c that still pumps out 95 hp at 8,000 rpm and 88 Nm at 6,500 rpm but also tweaks that would meet the criteria for Euro 5 emissions targets. The 2023 KTM 790 ADVENTURE is now more stable at a constant speed and has gained more cornering poise thanks to a 20% increase in rotating mass; an alteration that hasn’t compromised the highly-rated agility of the motorcycle.
A reconfigured optional Quickshifter+ enables faster shifting; all of which can be heard through the very latest exhaust system with a 2023 catalytic converter and pre-muffler. This is one of the largest modifications to ensure this vibrant generation of the KTM 790 ADVENTURE will be an impeccable choice for moving in, around and then outside of the city limits. The 15,000 km service intervals remain in concrete.
A new larger, higher screen provides more wind protection. The lights are full LED sets and the dashboard view is brighter and better with the 5” TFT reacting to ambient lighting and utilizing a redesigned menu system of new infographics for faster and easier customization. In terms of features, the KTM 790 ADVENTURE holds very similar billing to its larger sibling: the KTM 890 ADVENTURE. ABS programs now automatically switch between the Ride Modes, removing the need for more configuration. KTM has installed an innovative ‘DEMO’ function on the 2023 KTM 790 ADVENTURE; owners can trial the full slew of optional riding extras for the first 1,500 km before deciding which settings they’d like to purchase and keep.