KTM 790 Adventure R Goes Rally

KTM unveils the Rally version of their 790 Adventure R

Sometimes the R suffix is not enough when it comes to bikes, so how about a KTM 790 Adventure R Rally?

After showing off their KTM 790 Adventure R last autumn in Milan, House Mattighofen decides it’s high time to take things to the next level by introducing a Rally version of the said machine. Itself a step up from the (now) leisurely 790 Adventure, the R version receives some extra feats aimed at pleasing the most discerning off-road riders.

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The 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally brings the same 799cc, 94 hp parallel twin mill to the game, sitting in a chrome-molybden steel trellis chassis. The cast aluminium swingarm seems to be unchanged, too. The Austrian house also throws in an Akrapovic exhaust ex-works, carbon fiber tank protectors, the Quickshifter+ technology and exquisite graphics. The footrests are wider and a flatter seat is also on the list.

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The biggest changes are in the suspension department, as KTM revamped both fore and aft for the 2020 790 Adventure R Rally. A new fork is present, equipped with WP Xplor Pro 7548 shocks, a special cone valve that brings “unlimited damping” and which provides a maximum of 270mm of travel. In the rear, KTM uses a WP Xplor Pro 6746 shock with progressive damping system (PDS) derived straight from its rally racing line.

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The new suspension prompted KTM to raise the seat height to 909 mm, making the KTM 790 Adventure R Rally one of the tallest bikes money can buy.

Asked about the reasons behind building this new bike, Hubert Trunkenpoltz KTM CMO answered smiling: “Quite simply, we've built the KTM 790 Adventure R Rally because we can! We have the equipment at our disposal and we know how to make a truly special bike for our hardcore customers.” As for the new suspension, he added: “[We are] close to the same level used by the Dakar-winning Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally team on the 450 Rally".

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No price tag yet for the 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally but we can expect it to run a couple of grands more than the R version. And with only 500 units available worldwide, we guess nobody’s going to bat an eye. The new 790 is scheduled to hit the dealerships in spring next year.

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