By Ryan Adams
Motorcycle of the Year: KTM 790 Adventure R
It’s not every year a motorcycle hits the scene and redefines the boundaries of its category. The KTM 790 Adventure R has done just that. KTM has taken its decades of off-road championship-winning pedigree and infused it into what we believe is the most capable adventure bike to hit the market in some time. The 790 Adventure R utilizes KTM’s fully-adjustable WP XPLOR suspension front and rear, componentry previously only found on the company’s XC-W, EXC-F, and Enduro R models. The compact 799cc Parallel Twin and low slung gas tank only adds to the maneuverability of the bike, giving it a nice low center of gravity. Whether tiptoeing through a rock garden or blasting through sand washes, the 790 Adventure R handles in a way no other adventure bike does, mostly thanks to keeping its CG as low as possible.
The electronics package on the KTM 790 Adventure R adds to the overall experience. There are dozens of parameters, ride modes, traction control and ABS settings to tweak being displayed over a large TFT display that gives riders plenty of information about their bike and ride. In addition to being able to adjust your settings electronically, there are also settings which allow you to vary things like traction control on the fly. This was particularly helpful when navigating the Moroccan desert as we moved from deep sand to hard pack dirt and rocks constantly. Switching TC from three to one when approaching sand gave the necessary power delivery and amount of wheel spin needed to navigate the situation, and it’s all done via the push of a button on the left switchgear when in Rally mode.
While the KTM 790 Adventure R has taken …read more
Source:: 2019 Motorcycle of the Year