How much do we like the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure? How about enough to name it Motorcycle.com’s Motorcycle of the Year. That’s high praise. So, when we found video assets from the 790 Adventure’s introduction kicking around the MO Video Archives, we thought that time was right to share Ryan’s firsthand experience with those who don’t like to read. But first a little refresher.
Based on the engine platform first introduced in the KTM 790 Duke, the 790 Adventure and its sibling, the 790 Adventure R, make the most of the compact parallel-Twin while placing it in an adventure-focused chassis. The compact 799cc Parallel Twin and low-slung gas tank give the bike excellent maneuverability, a tendency that is supported on the 790 Adventure R, which utilizes KTM’s fully-adjustable WP XPLOR suspension front and rear. As Ryan said in his MOTY text, “Whether tiptoeing through a rock garden or blasting through sand washes, the 790 Adventure R handles in a way no other adventure bike does, mostly thanks to keeping its CG as low as possible.”
So, without further ado, we present the Motorcycle.com 2019 KTM 790 Adventure Video First Ride.