KTM is at it again with their 2019 790 Adventure R which is appropriately named as it is being billed as the real deal and “a breath of fresh air” in the adventure bike class. It’s a light bike that took quite a few observers by surprise. Those who were expecting the manufacturer to turn out a bike that features a larger size, more weight and an increase in power soon realized that the large capacity bikes that KTM is reputed for delivering are no longer the primary focus of the company.
What you get in a nutshell
The new 790 Adventure R delivers high on performance for off the road excitement with 21 inch front wheels and 18 inches in the rear. It’s good both on and off road. When it comes to creature comforts, the new Adventure R is well equipped and offers a good selection of tech features and the information that you’ll find useful displayed in full view on the TFT dash. We’re talking about the features that come standard on the new bikes. What we see in the overall package of the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure R bike is that it’s substantial and it is classy. It’ll take you on and off the road with confidence and it will excel in both types of venture.
The WP suspension is adjustable so you can stiffen or soften the bike to your liking. You can leave it in a standard setting so it will be compliant yet taut on the road.The seat height is 880 mm with a reasonable height and it’s firm and comfortable int he riding position with plenty of support when you’re having a long day of riding. The bike is thin in profile and it’s light so it’s really easy to set your feet down and the handling is superb at slower speeds. The handlebar clamp position is one that you can adjust to get the ideal positioning within a 40 mm range.
Handling and performance
The fuel tanks are low slung and they’re positioned on both sides of the engine to give this bike an excellent balance that truly complements its low center of gravity. This gives it amazing stability for technical riding at high speeds. You also get standard cornering ABS and it comes with road and off road specific settings. The tank range in between fill ups is 280 miles, give or take.
The engine is nothing new and the design team saw fit to use the same 799 cc double over head cam twin motor. It delivers 95 bhp with 65 lb ft of torque with decent acceleration ability. It doesn’t disappoint for a mid range bike and it lives up to the expectations on this front. It’s a lively bike that has an excellent throttle connection with precision control in the rev range. It’s a bike that is fun to play with. When you compare it with the Honda Africa Twin the figures are close but it’ quite a bit lighter and it’s more responsive with a more spirited feel.
The new 2019 KTM 790 Adventure R is t as a refreshing new approach to bringing something new and a bit unexpected on the scene in the adventure bike category. The new lighter bike is packed with all of the creature comforts that you could want for taking it out on the road. It’s just as comfortable when you decide that it’s time to go off road on a new and different kind of adventure so it’s an either or bike that delivers high or comfort, rugged durability and performance. It was never the intention of the manufacturer to impress with size or power increases, but we find ourselves impressed, rather with their decision to take the bike the other way and ensure that it’s loaded with useful and pleasing features that do not depend on massive size and power. It’s got enough of both where it counts and the lighter weight and agile handling are attributes that you’re bound to appreciate in the new adventure bike.