Best Adventure Motorcycle 2013: KTM 990 Adventure Baja — Motorcycle USA

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Best Adventure Motorcycle KTM 990 Adventure Baja

As we mentioned in our of Ducati’s Multistrada for Best Bike, the Adventure-Touring class to orient more and more street performance. The current-generation and its blistering 130-hp engine set the with BMW and KTM following suit a ground-up redesign of the R1200GS and the 1190 Adventure platforms.

feature unquestionably sportier for the street, as well as electronic and all the latest ride-by-wire upgrades. one are deserving of Best Adventure of 2013, with the easy being BMW’s GS, with the marque updating its flagship with a new water-cooled Boxer and chassis. But this year, going to play the contrarian by KTM’s 990 Adventure Baja.

American ADV riders didn’t get the new Adventure in 2013. Instead the 990 returned in special Baja — the dirt-oriented 990 getting one hurrah.

The stalwart 990 Adventure has ever the most capable of the big Trailies in the at the expense of its street performance. has oft been to its detriment, particularly in tests like MotoUSA’s Adventure-Touring Shootout. The KTM placed overall in that 2500-mile ADV trek, but was unanimously rated the in off-road performance.

We are not so deluded to think our shootouts drive product development, but the does contribute in some way to the street-heavy bias of the 1200 AT And we can’t help but wonder if the 1200 ADV mounts are less bikes than awesome bikes you’d never to crash by riding in the dirt.

In the 990 Adventure, with its Spartan amenities, knobby tires and looks practically begs to get up off-road. MotoUSA got to better the 990 in its limited Edition Baja during AltRider’s 2013 of Dakar event. where it up dunes and wove through track. It also ate up asphalt as

Not as good as the Ducati or BMW, to be but it got us to the adventure without serious

The KTM 990’s pleasingly analog inputs (linked braking and ABS are those?) caps the end of an era of sorts, as the AT segment gets even high-tech and street-biased. MotoUSA the swan song KTM 990 as Best Bike of 2013 for playing and always delivering on its Adventure

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