Here’s the first pics of the finished 790 Adventure KTM in action. And seeing the bike out in the hands of a factory test rider proves that the prototype we showed you first from the EICMA show in Milan weeks really WAS a forerunner to a production version of the hot mid-weight Adventure bike.

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Our exclusive images show that the proddie-version of the bike is nearly identical to the prototype with a proddie-ready high exhaust, serious sump bash plate and same bulging lower fairing.

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Powered by the new LC8c motor, the 790 Adventure is likely to make in excess of 100bhp (it’s the same engine as is now used in the new 790 Duke and that makes 103bhp @ 9,000rpm and 63lb-ft of torque @ 8,000rpm) and weigh well under 180kg.

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The 799cc two-cylinder, four-stroke DOHC in-line engine has eight valves actuated via DLC-coated finger followers, electronic fuel injection, two balancer shafts and semi dry-sump lubrication with oil cooler.

If the Adventure R prototype that got jaws dropping at EICMA (above) gets anything near the same level of tech in production form as the 790 Duke gets then expect the Adventure R to have ABS with Supermoto mode, lean-angle sensing traction control, quickshifter+, launch control, KTM ride mode technology with customisable off-road mode and TFT dashboard.

What do you reckon, is this going to be THE bike of 2019? Or will KTM pop it out a bit earlier than that – especially given how nuts the motorcycle world when it saw the 790 Adventure R? Yeah, we reckon earlier, too.

Finger’s crossed for that.

 

 

Tony Carter

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