2019 KTM 790 Adventure and KTM 790 Adventure R Launching Soon

  • We will test and review the KTM 790 Adventure and KTM Adventure R in Morocco later this week.

  • Both bikes were introduced in EICMA 2018.

  • They expand the 790 range which also includes the 790 Duke.

The 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and KTM 790 Adventure R were unveiled at the 2018 EICMA show in November. Their introduction expands the 790 family, following the launch of the 790 Duke in Malaysia back in June 2018.

However, no one has ridden or reviewed the two new 790 Adventures as they are yet launched worldwide. But fear not, because BikesRepublic.com will be present to test ride both bikes during the International Media Launch in Morocco, courtesy of KTM Malaysia.

Till then, we can offer some introduction.


Both bikes use the same LC8c 799cc ultra-compact parallel-Twin as the 790 Duke. However, bearing the “Adventure” name means they are offroad capable, hence the different engine tune. Instead of the 103 bhp and 87 Nm in the Duke, the Adventure’s engine produces 94 bhp and 88 Nm.

LC8c engine

KTM 790 Adventure

The 790 Adventure is a more road-biased dual-sport model. As such, it boasts a shorter suspension travel than the 790 Adventure R (200 mm vs. 240 mm), although taller than the 790 Duke (200 mm vs. 140 mm front/150 mm rear). The changes in suspension also gives it an 850 mm high seat height.

The forks are non-adjustable while the rear shock is adjustable for preload only. 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels are fitted with Avon Trailrider tyres.

Besides the suspension, it has a 20-litre fuel capacity. Instead of enlarging the fuel tank, the extra fuel is carried low in front of the engine. This way, the bike keeps its low centre of gravity. The “low” fuel tank is impact resistant.

KTM 790 Adventure R

The 790 Adventure R is a more off-road biased dual-sport motorcycle. Because of that, KTM it features longer-travel suspension. Moreover, it’s the only KTM 790 model to have fully-adjustable suspension. The rear shock is adjustable for spring preload for low- and high-speed compression and rebound damping. The forks, on the other hand, are adjustable for compression and rebound damping.

The 790 Adventure R’s suspension has 240 mm of travel on both ends. Consequently, the seat height goes up to 880 mm.

This model also uses 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, but they are fitted with Metzeler Karoo 3 tyres.

Last but not least, the KTM 790 Adventure R also has a 20-litre fuel capacity and has the fuel tanks mounted like the Adventure.

Stay tuned for full report and videos!



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