Best Adventure Motorcycle of 2019

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By Ryan Adams

Best Adventure Motorcycle of 2019: KTM 790 Adventure R

The KTM 790 Adventure R blurs the lines between street-worthy adventurer and off-road capable dirtbike more than any machine that has hit the market thus far. While there are worthy contenders in the category when it comes to overall street manners, nothing we’ve tested yet has delivered the kind of off-road capability KTM’s new middleweight adventure has. If there’s any brand that is poised to dominate the serious adventure category, it’s probably KTM. The Austrian manufacturer has more than a few off-road championships under its belt including 18 straight wins of the Dakar Rally this last one in grand fashion, might I add, with a podium sweep. While those bikes are tricked out to the hilt, tech trickles down.

2019 KTM 790 Adventure R First Ride Review

The 2019 KTM 790 Adventure was made to dominate the off-road capability of adventure bikes. And so far, we think they’ve hit their mark. The WP XPLOR fork and shock – used previously on the EXC line of dual-sport bikes – delivers a composed ride over a vast variety of surfaces and is highly adjustable at both ends to dial in preferred performance. The super-low, oddly shaped tank is also a game changer keeping that sloshing weight low as possible helps in nearly every scenario off-road but particularly so it tight low speed technical sections. Combine those two items with a punchy Parallel Twin engine and an electronics package that is absolutely stellar, and you have a force to be reckoned with. We look forward to rounding up the middleweight ADV herd for a proper comparison side by side, but as it stands now, after having ridden the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports, the new <a class="colorbox" href="" target="_blank" …read more

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