The middleweight adventure-touring segment is where the action is at, and KTM’s offering is the 790 Adventure. The second KTM to bear the ‘790’ name after the 790 Duke, the adventure-touring bike promises lots of off-road ability, thanks to KTM’s know-how in off-road racing.
A 799cc parallel twin engine that generates 95bhp powers the 790 Adventure. It goes through a six-speed gearbox and uses chain final drive. Cornering ABS is present, as well as KTM’s ‘MTC’, which stands for ‘Motorcycle Traction Control’. MTC is lean-sensitive, which offers greater control to the rider. It also has ‘Rally Mode’, with nine-step ‘Slip’ adjustment.
The 790 Adventure promises to build on what the 790 Duke has delivered with its full electronics suite and value for money pricing. It will compete against other middleweight adventure tourers at the higher end of the middleweight range like Triumph’s Tiger 800 range, the BMW F750 and F850 GS, and the Ducati Multistrada 950.
The launch of the 790 Adventure in the Indian market depends a lot upon the 790 Duke – if the latter is launched here, the chances of the former being launched go up significantly.