As we mentioned yesterday, the mid-sized adventure market is set to explode, and KTM plans to be right in the middle of that action with its 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R, which were shown in production form today at the EICMA show in Europe. A year ago at EICMA, KTM showed a prototype version of this bike, and adventure and rally fans have been salivating since. However, the press release did not indicate when these bikes will arrive at U.S. dealerships.
From what we can figure from the press release, the R model is more off-road focused than the regular 790 Adventure. "TheKTM 790 ADVENTUREis for Travel Enduro fans of every ambition and ability, ready to discover new roads whichever way it’s pointed at—no matter the surface. The KTM 790 ADVENTURE Ris a lightweight, agile and technically advanced machine for adventurers that endeavor to challenge themselves, while challenging tricky terrain," reads KTM's press release.
As expected, the bikes are powered by retuned versions of the 799cc parallel twin engine that recently debuted in the new 790 Duke. The engine has been tuned to deliver its torque lower down the rev range to fit the specific requirements of adventure riding. KTM is also estimating a 280-miles riding range from the 5.3 gallon fuel tank.
If your on/off-road mixture leans even more heavily into the dirt, the revamped 690 Enduro R is a good fit. The current 690 has been around a while, but this update shares many new parts with a redesigned supermoto version of the bike. Of particular note is an all-new chassis with WP XPLOR suspension derived from KTM’s EXC models. As before, the 690 features a single-cylinder engine.
No doubt about it, there is nothing medium sized about the growth of the mid-sized adventure market.