Wonderful or Worrying? 2019 KTM 790 Adventure 12,000 Miles Review

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By Jim Pruner

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Introduction

In 2018, I did a long-term review of the exciting and class-defining Kawasaki Ninja H2SX SE. It was an in-depth look at that superb motorcycle over 10,000 hard miles (16,000 km). I still think it’s an underrated motorcycle despite having recently sold it to a new owner after chalking up a final tally of over 25,000 equally trouble-free kms.

What’s Next?

What new motorcycle did I choose to tackle next? It didn’t take me long to settle on KTM’s 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R. That link goes to my preview article about the 790R model which fully captivated me and thousands of other adventure riders back in 2018.

The Ninja still rules the streets in my mind, but I had a hunch this KTM could be the best of the adventure bike class off asphalt if it lived up to the hype and anticipation KTM generated.

The Alluring Spec Sheet of the 790 Adventure Standard

  • 799cc Inline Twin LC8c DOHC engine
  • claimed 95 horsepower (70 kW )@ 8250 rpm and 68 ft-lbs torque (88 Nm) @ 6500 rpm
  • 6-speed transmission
  • 32” seat height (adjusted to low, 33” on high setting)
  • 416 lbs dry/450 curb weight
  • Front non-adjustable 43mm conventional open-cartridge WP Apex fork 8.7” travel
  • Rear WP Apex PDS preload only adjustment shock 8.7” travel
  • 9.2” of ground clearance
  • 5.4 gallon (20 Litre) gas tank yielding approximately 280 miles (450 km) range
  • 21” front wheel 18” rear with Avon Trailrider tires

These are the numbers for the standard 790 Adventure (aka the “S” model) instead of the R …read more

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