2011 KTM 990 Adventure Dakar Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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KTM 990 Adventure Dakar
KTM 990 Adventure Dakar

2011 KTM 990 Adventure Dakar

Check out the Austrian machine to see it excels in the 2011 KTM Adventure 990 Adventure Touring Shootout

Take one look, just and it’s immediately obvious KTM is trying to do with the 990 Adventure. A thin layout wrapped in rally-style bodywork clearly away the Austrian motorcycle’s intentions. We were equipped the Dakar model which is an version of the standard 990 Adventure.

The is imported as a full edition in to the limited edition Adventure R which is even scarcer in for 2011.

The Dakar employs a V-Twin measuring 999cc x 62.4mm bore/…). Compared to the Adventure, the Dakar version has a higher rev ceiling which is for extra peak horsepower. exception to the ridiculous Ducati, the 990 put out the number of ponies, narrowly the BMW at 94.91 HP as it hits the 9400-rpm rev

Torque production is a different however. The water-cooled engine a big disadvantage at 60.85 lb-ft. Of the bikes, the Yamaha and Beemer make 71 lb-ft and the Duc is way out in front at 81 lb-ft.

Combine the 573-pound weight and the result is the Adventure is not a accelerating machine. It’s the in 0-60 feet, losing to the Triumph. and also the slowest big in the quarter-mile.

The KTM 990 Adventure is happiest in dirt. Its big engine needs to be to make comparable power the others but it’s still off road.

On paper these cost the KTM dearly, but in the real it’s not as drastic. Realistically, all of the are pretty close, except for the However, all of our testers felt the KTM is at the back of the pack in terms of engine performance.

The dyno shows that some extra top end, but the gearing forces it to run out of steam on top

“It’s just plain when compared to others in group,” confirms Riant. acceleration and runs out of power at speeds. It has mellow, off-road power.”

The 990 Adventure was also for the amount of noise it makes and the it produces, especially when you are on the throttle. One rider went as far as it to a big single-cylinder dirt bike. The had not had its first major service, at time the throttle bodies are but we checked with KTM once the was returned and they said our unit was not noticeably more than normal.

“It has a responsive throttle,” Maddox “but under hard it has a shuddering that transitions more vibration than the of the bikes.

“It needs to be high to get its acceleration up,” our Managing Editor, Madson, that comes with buzz.”

The KTM puts its power through a six-speed gearbox and drive. It received high marks for drivetrain performance to its hydraulic clutch and solid Pull at the clutch lever is light and the shift lever is up and away from the footpeg.

very accommodating for large or bulky off-road boots, and while standing is the easiest on motorcycle. Some riders unaccustomed to the distant pedal but changes take less than other bikes. We experience any excess slack or from the drive chain.

The dual fuel tanks some consideration. Not only do give the KTM a distinct look and but the design plays a large in the handling and ergonomics. “They to keep the motorcycle narrow, so have two long skinny gas explains KTM’s Media Manager, Tom Moen.

The 2011 KTM 990 Dakar Edition was awarded top for its rally styling. None of our complain that the Dakar have traction control, and the ABS is to switch on and off, which is convenient.

Engineers accomplished the of keeping the bike slim, having a bulbous tank the rider’s knees, but the KTM handles than the other adventure Riders are able to stand up easier and can lean forward having to bow their legs This provides for much grip and control while and allows you to ride with aggression.

The seat profile allows easy rider which aids in its off-road as well. While the KTM earned top for off-road performance, the seat was a item on the street. Comfort the foam is high, as is the suede-style

However, riders reported the seat base on occasion and the retains moisture, making the KTM the favorite to ride in wet weather or sitting overnight.

“Drawing the straw of riding the big Katoom an evening shower, I spent the part of the morning standing up in the to keep my hindquarters dry,” Bart. “On the plus the KTM is far and away the most comfortable standing on the pegs.”

Handling performance on the pavement the same as the other bikes. The front tire is the skinniest of the and the Pirelli MT90 tires the largest tread blocks. rider noticed immediately the Pirellis give a vague but once accustomed to it the Dakar was unable to hold a pace.

The bodywork and thin, tall are great for squeezing the bike, but it as a wind sail in crosswinds.

one area where the KTM runs trouble as a long-distance tourer it gets beat around in the It’s not an issue for 40 or 50 miles, but fatiguing if you have to burn a full tank of gas on high-speed

The 990’s suede-style seat is very comfortable, once it wet it takes forever to dry out. The KTM the least amount of rider from the wind as well.

The detrimental handling symptom was a to feel loose at higher Similar to KTM dirt bikes. the 990 has a light front end, and the can wiggle as speeds climb triple digits.

“I enjoyed riding the narrow It cuts corners well but lacks the confident stability of its with twitchier steering says Madson. “The heavy dirt bias holds it back, with the squirming on the pavement.”

The KTM has a not-so-subtle character flaw,” our oldest rider, Maddox. likes to ‘slow dance’ the speeds reach about 90 over 100 it gets scary. passing on the open road all bikes get there real it happens a lot.

“It likes to follow any depression in the causing a wandering feel, he “At very slow the bars hit the turning stop fast. Because of this I dropped it several times. On the hand, it feels great in the

KTM 990 Adventure Dakar
KTM 990 Adventure Dakar

Any time I got off the KTM and onto another in the dirt, the other felt in comparison.

Brakes on the KTM are a pair of discs up front squeezed by calipers. Out back is a single disc. Bosch manufactures the ABS which can be switched off by pushing a button on the display while the is stationary.

Compared to bikes the Yamaha which cannot be off at all, and the Ducati and Triumph take considerable navigation the electronics, our riders appreciated the of the KTM system. Only the BMW scored in the braking department. Neither had the most power or feel the brakes themselves, but the user-friendly ABS was a big plus for our riders.

Not all of our testers ABS to begin with, but having the of switching them off and doing so was key.

As for the rest of the electronics, the KTM is compared to the high-tech Multistrada or GS. is no traction control, not necessarily a feature, but the display and switchgear are basic. All riders complained the lack of a fuel gauge and position indicator.

Both are considered mandatory for flagship touring models these. Not all of our testers minded the layout, however.

The 2011 KTM 990 Dakar is a giant dirtbike and is exactly what KTM wants it to be. No here, if you plan to ride of off-road then this is motorcycle.

“I really dug the nature of the instrumentation,” admits ”though the lack of a fuel is criminal. The bags are sturdy and too.”

Despite the 5.3 gallons of available from the dual the Adventure has a range of only 213 the shortest in our group. The farthest we it was 195 miles. In lieu of a fuel the Dakar uses a low-fuel light.

KTM says it kicks on 40 miles left. Average economy for the trip was also the at barely over 40 mpg. As the rest of the bikes, our riders heavy on the throttle for the entire of the trip.

It also deserves a slack since it was burdened slightly more weight the others. Because of its superior the KTM was chosen to carry our most cargo, the camera equipment, and it was only a couple MPG short of the economical Triumph and Beemer.

The asking price for the 990 Adventure includes standard ABS, wheels, hand guards, stand, suede seat tinted windscreen, engine and the bright orange crash The only accessories added to the KTM the panniers, top case and associated ($1782 value), and they in a class above the rest. The cases added a lot of touring for a bike that was not ranked for its long-distance capabilities.

Our riders also loved the lockable storage compartment the steering head another of the dual fuel cells. KTM the fuses inside which for easy access. Much of the machine is well-engineered with in mind.

Oil changes are recommended 4600 miles, but the maintenance for valve inspections is 10,000 km miles) for the first and 30,000 km that (18,641 miles).

KTM has the dirt bike heritage of the and it shows with the 990 Adventure. The version embodies spirit of exploration with aggressive ergonomics, bodywork and standard protection. Riders who avoid like the plague are drawn to Adventure motorcycle, and in the dirt it disappoint.

While it’s the when the pavement ends, the KTM some of the comfort and amenities make long-distance touring bearable. For the right kind of this bike is tops, but for us it fourth.

KTM 990 Adventure Dakar
KTM 990 Adventure Dakar
KTM 990 Adventure Dakar

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