By Ryan Adams
If you were given the most competent adventure bike in terms of travel and off-road performance, where would you go? Would you visit the road of bones as you traversed Asia? Perhaps wind your way through serpentine stretches of asphalt in the Swedish Alps? Or maybe your wanderlust would guide you to the Sahara, one of the harshest unforgiving landscapes in the world. When it comes to adventure, everyone’s looking for something different. Their own definition. On a motorcycle, it can be the same. Some want the most travel-capable bike with adequate off-road ability allowing them to explore further than the road stretches. Others want the most capable off-road motorcycle and the ability to travel long distances. KTM’s answer to those respective questions? The 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R.
KTM chose eastern Morocco for the international press launch of the 2019 790 Adventure, a land of extremes and mystique which many dream of exploring, though few actually get the opportunity. After 30 hours of travel to get to this exotic land, everything began to meld together; Time zones, days, countries. It’s hard to remember where one ended and the other began. On the plane from Casablanca to Errachidia, I started chatting up an Australian bloke with a bad haircut sitting beside me. He had been to the area numerous times, primarily for racing and testing factory KTMs. I think his name was Toby. I may not have known what day or time it was, but I was excited to spend the next few days testing KTM’s new adventure bike and rubbing shoulders with racing legends. Five-time Dakar champion Marc Coma, two-time Dakar winner Toby Price, American racing legend Quinn Cody, and uncanny hard enduro rider Chris Birch would be our guides for the launch of the 790 Adventure. …read more