At Intermot 2016, KTM today unveiled the 2017 1090 Adventure R. With its smaller engine, some might call it the weaker little sibling to its 1290 brethren, but KTM instead refers to the 1090 as “the purest offroad travel-enduro.”

Boasting items like significantly upgraded WP suspension, offroad wheels, traction control, lean-angle sensitive ABS, and a fuel-efficient engine that is claimed to pump out 125 hp, the 1090 is no bargain-bin bike. For perspective, that’s 23 more horses than Fabrizio Meoni’s Dakar winning 950.

See below for a list of 1090 Adventure R highlights and specifications.

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2017 KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R Highlights

  • Revised fully adjustable WP USD front forks with separate compression and rebound systems for offroad domination.
  • Fully adjustable WP PDS (Progressive Damping System) rear monoshock for greater control and bottoming resistance.
  • Tubeless 21- and 18-inch wheels fitted with Continental TKC 80 tires for excellent offroad performance with sure-foot street manners.
  • Highly developed 125 HP LC8 V-Twin with dual-plug ignition, cutting-edge Keihin engine management, electronic fuel injection, Ride-by-Wire technology and slipper clutch.
  • Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) package with multi-mode Combined ABS, ride mode technology and multi-mode traction control (MTC)
  • Four-mode traction control (MTC) including Sport, Street, Offroad and Rain settings allow the rider to fine tune the power application in any situation.
  • Offroad ABS mode allows for dirt-specific ABS application on the front wheel while disengaging the rear ABS for brake slides and total control in the dirt.
  • Strong trellis frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel for optimal handling on the street and in the dirt.
  • Adjustable foot pegs, handle bars, and wind shield
  • Integrated pannier mounts

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  • Engine Type: 4-Stroke, 75° V-Twin, DOHC
  • Displacement: 1050 cc
  • Bore/Stroke: 103mm x 63mm
  • Starter: Electric; 12V 8.6Ah
  • Transmission: 6 Gears
  • Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 52 mm Throttle Bodies
  • Lubrication: Pressure Lubrication, 3 Eaton Pumps
  • Cooling: Liquid Cooling
  • Clutch: PASC Slipper Clutch, Hydraulically Operated
  • Ignition: Keihin EMS with Ride-By-Wire, Dual Ignition
  • Frame: Chrome-moly Steel Trellis
  • Subframe: Aluminum, Powder Coated
  • Handlebar:  Aluminum, Tapered, Ø 28/22 mm
  • Front Suspension: WP USD Ø 48 mm
  • Rear Suspension: WP PDS Monoshock
  • Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 8.7 in/8.7 in
  • Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 320 mm/287 mm
  • Front/Rear Wheels: 2.50 x 21”, 4.50 x 18” 
  • Front/Rear Tires: 90/90-21”; 150/70-18”
  • Steering Head Angle: 26º
  • Wheelbase: 1,580 mm ± 15 mm / 62.2 ± 0.6 in
  • Ground Clearance: 9.8 in
  • Seat Height: 35 in
  • Tank Capacity: 6.1 gal
  • Weight (without fuel), Approx: 471.8 lbs

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  • DickRuble

    Sweet heart, lose another 60lbs, then call me.

    • jayhawk2095

      @DickRuble:disqus I am curious where you come up with the 600 lbs? I see 471 lbs in the specs. Same with the 93 octane. I imagine you are correct that it requires that, but I don’t see it in this article.

      • DickRuble

        It’s 471 lbs dry. And it can probably carry 600lbs… It was just figurative speech. I am fairly sure it’s a high compression engine..

    • Old MOron

      What? I thought for sure the first post here would be from Sayyed Bashir, beating his chest and proclaiming death to all GS riders. Well done, Mr Rubble.

      And your comments are well taken, but maybe KTM did OK if this thing weighs 470 lb. That’s not too much heavier than superbike exotica, as reported by Trizzle: “the Euro-spec Yamaha R1 is claimed at 438.7 lbs, Kawasaki’s ZX-10R is 454.2 lbs, Suzuki’s 2016 GSX-R1000 is 451.9 lbs, and BMW’s is S1000RR 449.7 lbs. Only the Ducati 1299 Panigale weighs less, at 420 lbs.” Presumably the KTM is build to withstand crashes on hostile terrain. Maybe the mass overage is reasonable.

      On the other hand, the superbike weights might include fuel, whereas the KTM’s 470 lb. does not.

      Still, you don’t want to break structural components between Ouarzazate and Tantan, do you?

      PS: for the record, were I riding between Ouarzazate and Tantan, I think I’d want simple, light and reliable, Ed March style, or maybe a DR-Z.

      • DickRuble

        Ouarzazate to Tantan is actually fairly straight pavement.. Any bike will probably do provided it’s not too picky about the gasoline.

  • spiff

    30 pounds less than the africa twin.

    • Andre Capitao Melo

      Without fuel.

      • Which makes it just about exactly the same since gas weighs about 6lbs per gallon.

        • Andre Capitao Melo

          Thanks, captain obvious

      • spiff

        I thought that 503 on the honda was a dry weight. Still they are close.

    • Peter Jowett

      Nice and all, but calling anything near 500lb “lighter” is a joke. I’d gladly give away 75 of those horses if the bike was sub-400lb wet.

      • spiff

        KTM 690 Enduro

        • Peter Jowett

          Yeah, but with a distinctly dirt bias. Still very near the mark though.

          • spiff

            The new 800ish parallel twin might be the sweet spot.

    • appliance5000

      That weight was without fuel.

  • Starmag

    How can KTM claim this is ready for “offroad domination” when it doesn’t have a beak? Everyone at Starbucks knows that’s unpossible.

  • JMDonald

    A GS weighs in at 525 fully fueled with shaft drive.

    • Stephen Miller

      As a GS owner, I’m skeptical of that claim. In the massive MO shootout last year, it came it at just under 600 lbs with the Vario bags attached (seemed to also have the BMW lower crash bars).

      • JMDonald

        I would think a GS alone without any added accoutrements weighs in right about 525. The Africa Twin to me is the bike to beat in this category. I like the 1090 best of the KTMs. I haven’t ridden the Honda or the KTM but I’m betting the Honda would suit me best.

        • appliance5000

          It’s more around 570.

  • Stephen Miller

    This is clearly intended to beat the Africa Twin in a shootout, which won a number of “best ADV” awards. I strongly suspect it will cost more than the AT.

  • Vrooom

    Meoni last won in 2002 I think. While an outstanding rally racer by any measure, comparing a bike to what won Dakar 15 years ago seems a bit odd, they race 450s now. All that said it looks pretty great and if I could be convinced of reliability I’d be there.

  • Mark Vizcarra

    Im going to keep saying this in every post. Bike with TBW systems should have mandatory cruise control and self canceling turn signals. No if’s, and’s, or but’s. I think it unacceptable these days that manufacturers put all this tech in bikes, but forgot the one thing. CRUISE CONTROL.

    • EcoMouse

      Can’t you just slip a $1 bungee cord between the brake booster box and the handgrip ring like every other adventure rider?

      I’ve yet to use my turn signals in the outback.


    I like it.