The new KTM 790 Adventure might be a game-changer in the middleweight class.
Here are the first spy shots of the new KTM 790 Adventure middleweight. The bike is based on the new 790 parallel twin platform, unveiled at EICMA.
Although this is just a first phase prototype, there are some clues about the final product which is likely to appear on the market as a 2019 model, a year after the 790 Duke.
Parallel Twin engine – the new middleweight adventure is using the inline-twin unit presented on the 790 Duke prototype. The 790 Adventure will be the first KTM Adventure motorcycle to be powered by a parallel twin.
Off-Road Potential – 790 Adventure seems to be a serious off-road capable adventure bike. It comes with a 21 front and an 18 rear and a high ground clearance.
WP Suspension – the WP fully adjustable front suggests that KTM keeps the same winning formula. On the other hand, there’s no complex linkage on the back. The rear shock is mounted directly on the swinging arm.
Two fuel tanks – we can easily spot the crossover pipe which connects the twin old-school fuel tanks.
Brakes – the 790 testing mule seems to use the same calipers as the 1050 Adventure.
As for the tech figures, we expect that the engine will develop around 90 horsepower – but the most important figure will be the weight.
Probably it won’t have the astonishing 154 kg dry weight of the legendary 640 Adventure discontinued 10 years ago, but we hope it won't be another heavy bike with a smaller displacement either.
The photos were published by MCN.