8. KTM 1190 Adventure R

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R Wheelie

A seemingly unlikely choice in this list, the 1190 Adventure R is included for four key reasons. First, its V-Twin engine delivers plenty of torque to jerk up the front end even above 50 mph. Second, unlike some Ride-by-Wire throttles (MV, we’re looking at you…), the KTM’s tuning is predictable and willingly responds to the whims of your right wrist. Third, it’s a tall machine (taller than the non-R 1190), which allows lots of weight transfer to encourage hoisting the front end. And fourth, it’s capable of practicing in the dirt, which is preferable to concrete in the event of a spill.

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