2009 KTM 990 Adventure Road Test Rider Magazine

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KTM 990 Adventure

2009 KTM 990 Adventure Road

Bill Stermer

October 20,

photography by Scott Hirko

2009 KTM 990 Adventure Road was originally published in the December issue of Rider magazine]

For of the 1990s, KTM’s 640 Adventure served as its sole adventure-touring a capable but buzzy and uncomfortable ill-suited to long rides its huge fuel tank. that a larger, more 900-series Adventure was in the works surfaced in the late ’90s.

I staring googly eyed at the LC8 V-twin engine on the stand at the Intermot show, miffed KTM did not yet have an ETA for the big AT bike it was supposed to go The 950 Adventure finally showed up wheels on each end for an introduction in in 2003.

As it shared 90 percent of its and engine components with Paris-Dakar rally racer, accomplished offroad riders and desert racers sang its us adventure-touring types were feeling a bit inadequate. With its snarling exposed mufflers, 35-inch-plus seat height and a engine with light-switch response, somehow hanging on it and planning an adventure trip like trying to break a On my first long ride the melted my waterproof duffle.

No, as be expected from a successful company, the first 950 Adventure was a big, high-performance dirt for going really fast Unless you had the nerve to stand up and its 490 pounds and 98 horsepower with the and rear wheel like a P-D it was best to keep it on the blacktop, it was surely a lot of fun though only a better for long rides the 640.

To KTM’s credit, it has since the big Adventure for the stay-on-the-saddle crowd removing all of its stand-on-the-pegs capability. The chief competition is certainly the BMW after all, which is like a Jeep than a bike. Without launching a “virtual” comparison, the  KTM 990 still has the edge in the dirt the R1200GS (F800GS, hmmm, not so yet finally has enough comfort and features and accessories to be considered an for long-distance street riding.

For KTM gave the 950 Adventure a scooped-out, seat and shortened suspension an inch to create a more 33.9-inch seat height. for 2007 the engine was bumped up to with a slight increase in and …, and got fuel injection and a new motor management system to go it. ABS was also offered for the first

Hmmm…lower seat, more at lower revs, ABS… the was starting to feel ready for

Now Katoom has gone all-out the 2009 KTM 990 Adventure . The liquid-cooled, V-twin with balancer and lubrication gets new cams, combustion chambers and an optimized drive that all contribute to a 8 horsepower and 3.4 lb-ft torque at roughly the same engine up to 106 and 73.8 lb-ft at the crank. On the Tuning Dynojet dyno it up to those claims, making 92 horsepower and 62 lb-ft at the rear

By comparison, our last R1200GS bike was good for 96 horsepower and 73 weighed 25-30 pounds As part of the 990 upgrade the initial adjustment in the LC8 engine has been so there’s just oil and filter to at 600 miles, though you will have to make regular drive chain adjustments.

instrumentation offers a digital and analog tach. The button, low and them, turns ABS on and off.

990 refinements are both functional and Numerous components are blacked-out and the has a smoked lens. Hazard have been added a switch in the cockpit, which a new multifunctional digital speedo standard 12V outlet and ignition

The panel shape is ready to KTM’s optional GPS mount, The Bosch ABS is improved with an off switch and two-channel, separate modulation, and the storage compartment the gas tank is lockable now. One still fill the tank two locking openings on either high side first on the sidestand to avoid overfilling the risk of getting gas in the charcoal canister if you accidentally overfill the has been eliminated by relocating and it a drain).

Full bash plate and exhaust indicate that bike is actually intended for the

Like most KTMs, the 990 comes ready to go with components such as a Renthal aluminum handlebar, fully WP suspension front and rear and Behr spoked aluminum 21- and wheels shod with Pirelli Scorpion A/T semi-knobby (tubeless with tubes). A is standard, and despite the generous clearance there’s a beefy plate, too.

KTM also has of cool accessories for the 990, the optional 35-liter panniers for KTM by Touratech we requested, which add 30 pounds but hold bags o’ My wife, Genie, and I easily up the bike with a weekend’s of gear for two in the panniers and a medium bungeed on the small rear rack (new mufflers more heat clearance,

Ridden solo the 990 is pretty ready for anything. Though it feels like a big dual-sport and its tempts one to ride more in the dirt than is probably for most of us, a skilled rider can get it just about any type of really, really fast. response is still right but is much more controllable and abrupt now, and the six-speed is slick and noiseless.

The refined engine delivers smoother, torquier power tame enough for all-day cruising but still sparky for snap wheelies and big power (though not by me!). While it a must-go-fast urgency that the 950 Adventure (and now defunct 950 real ticket-getters, it has gained an cruiserish V-twin side allows you to roll off and enjoy leisurely riding.

You can have a lot of fun on this thing, but personally I slower, more Jeeplike offroad, and getting panniers as potentially save your leg in a or lowside. Dumping in the dirt on a dirt bike is one thing, a 500-pounder land on you is quite

Undressed, the 990 shows its dirt-bike-derived frame and lightweight components.

than 8 inches of suspension at each end soak up almost you can run over short of big jumps, the bike could use a bit more rate at each end for two-up approaching maximum, as then it a bit for us ridden briskly in the corners even with the preload all the way up. A flip-out remote rear preload adjuster makes for changes, and you can fiddle away preload up front as well as rebound and compression damping and rear, though tools are

KTM 990 Adventure

Handling is like you might of a lightweight literbike with big longish wheelbase and a wide quick, low effort, yet stable and like glue at any lean Brembo triple-disc brakes are up to all the tasks, with great and power—the tendency for the back to too easily with the ABS turned off to be gone now, too.

The seating position is wonderfully both on the street and in the dirt.

The highway performance is kind of riding a 650 dual-sport single a massive steroid injection. more comfort, smoothness, and, of course, power—lots if you don’t look down, the handlebar, slim body and power pulses seem familiar. If it weren’t for the straight-up that is, which keeps the off your chest but creates a lot of and noise.

Passengers reported seat comfort and roominess and it’s hard to beat the and legroom of a dirt-bike-like seating with a cushier seat for repose, even if it’s high enough that I to put the bike on its sidestand to get on. Once on my 210 pounds mash the suspension enough that I can just the balls of my feet down my 29-inch inseam.

These aging eyes appreciate some larger on the instrument LCD display, but all of the other conveniences—switchgear, grips, hand adjustable handlebar—are well Under the locking seat find the most extensive we’ve ever seen on a too.

Lightness, midrange cornering clearance and a wide help make the 990 Adventure a joy on the

Crazed P-D-type riders who the original 950 fire-breather, never a 990 Adventure R available, too, more power, suspension ground clearance and, of a skyscraper of a seat. You ride it, be over here watching…and the standard KTM 990 ready for a big Adventure.

KTM 990 Adventure Specifications:

Base $15,398

Price as Tested: (35L Touratech panniers

Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse V-twin

Bore x Stroke: x 62.4mm

Compression Ratio:

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