Seldom do we feel removing electronics or features or power from a bike is a good thing. However, the KTM Adventure 1090 R makes that case, taking what was already a formidable off-road focused adventure bike a step further in the direction less traveled.
KTM reorganized its adventure-touring line for 2017, dropping the 1190 while offering two 1290s and adding a new-to-our-market 1090. This makes a clearer distinction between KTM’s Adventure models. We now have the 1090 joining the Super Adventure 1290 T and Super Adventure 1290 R.
Think of the $14,699 1090 R as the most off-road focused Adventure in the trio. It’s 22 pounds lighter than the old 1190 ($16,799), to a purported dry weight of 456 pounds dry, and it also comes with a stiffer suspension that limits the chances of bottoming over harsh bumps or jumps. Horsepower is down from a claimed 150 hp on the 1190 (in Sport mode) to 125 hp on the 1090 R; both models are limited to 100 hp in Off-Road mode. If you’re buying this bike for the off-road pedigree that KTM carries, you won’t be displeased with the new Adventure 1090 R.
Former editor Tom Roderick rode the new KTM for two days around on the trails of southern California during the 1090’s launch event awhile ago, and we’ve now been able to put together a video from the event that you can see below. (We miss you, T-Rod!).