KTM 990 Adventure R

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Trevor Hedge

Virtually manufacturer is getting in on the adventure-touring these days with now spoiled for choice. There are soft options designed only a cursory nod in regards to performance.

BMW’s R 1200 GS the on-and-off-road balance perhaps evenly and with the most then there is KTM’s 990 R.

Coming from a manufacturer its roots and core business established off-road, you would the KTM offering to be the most hard-core of the big — and it is.

If you ride tentatively and have little confidence in the this bike is not for you. If you do not like a hooligan then bike is probably not for you. If you are than 178cm this will probably be quite a for you.

If you only plan to off-road very rarely, are better options out there.

if you are a competent rider chasing enjoy throwing roost, erosion banks, pulling and demand the least compromises it comes to off-road performance in a adventure bike, then 990 Adventure R is likely to be the bike for KTM haven’t dominated the Dakar year after year by soft options.

While the latest generation of powerplant has been to charm compared to its predecessors, it still slightly below 4000rpm at a throttle, thus 100km/h is better done in fifth than in top.

Winding the on from any rpm sees the KTM surge on an addictive wave of eager torque. KTM claim 100Nm of at 6750rpm with its 113hp arriving 2000rpm later; my dyno reckons it feels all of and more.

The ripping 75-degree spins up alarmingly quickly and the KTM is far the easiest bike to potter on. It’s always straining to be let off the like a Jack Russell on and is just as addictive.

The clutch and are eerily light in operation. very slick, I actually I would prefer gear to be a little more positive, if fussy.

In order to keep weight as low as KTM fitted the Adventure R with a design: 10 litres either of the machine. Each tank is individually from attractively fillers that flank the central glove box, you would normally expect to the fuel filler.

It’s a bit of a to have to open two fillers and both tanks, but sometimes you catch yourself smiling at the Dakar nature of the set-up. use of the throttle returns a range of it doesn’t take much to reduce that range to 250km.

A huge 245mm of travel at both ends give the KTM a very handy of ground clearance. Predictably, sort of clearance comes a side effect, a tall seat height that have anyone shorter average struggling at low speeds.

Earlier Adventure R models even higher and had 265mm of at both ends but in the latest travel has been reduced to to make the bike a little manageable for those less six-foot tall.

KTM also a lower spec 990 Adventure the R designation, 40mm less clearance, 35mm less travel and approximately ten less However, for 2012, KTM Australia are selling the R model here, why we concentrate on the R model in this

The rear shock is adjustable for compression and rebound damping via the screwdriver methods, while is easily adjusted via a hydraulically hand wheel. The rear does an admirable job of trying to put the to the ground and isolates the rider’s from any big hits.

Up front WP the beefy 48mm inverted Also fully adjustable, the work quite well on the but if in full off-road … some stiffer fork would be welcome. Once the middle of their 245mm they quickly blow to the bump stops on any big hits.

Not something I would have from high-spec forks such generous travel, but I easily fixed by a competent tuner. Similarly, on the road I it hard to weight the front end of the into a turn and combined the off-road oriented large 21 rim makes the steering a little when you want to press on.

At 220kg fully fuelled and to ride, the Adventure R is one of the lightest in the adventure-touring category, yet it still big and can be a little intimidating at low speeds for the

Conversely, once on the trail and up it the KTM really comes into its and you quickly find yourself carried away, doing at speeds that are probably a too high for such a machine if were to go pear shaped. It respect.

KTM 990 Adventure

Ergonomically I found the KTM quite while seated or standing. protection is good, the handguards and the mirrors effective. The seat can cut into your thighs a couple of hours on the highway but is better than the plank early Adventure models riders with.

On the styling I think it is safe to say the KTM Adventure R is a bit of a love or hate affair. I love the look of the Adventure R; the svelte fully-enclosed flanks, to the looking orange frame the KTM tough and built for a purpose. fits naturally with the of the machine.

At $21,995 plus costs, the KTM is certainly not a cheap and there are so many trick available via the KTM Hard Equipment that it would hard to be out of a KTM dealer without spending

If it floats your boat that is quickly forgotten you get the machine home as KTM 990s in all incarnations prove seriously I should know, I have now got two of

Specifications — KTM 990 Adventure R

— 999cc

Engine — Liquid-cooled four-…, v-twin, dry sump

Bore x — 101 x 62.4mm

Transmission Six-speed

Final Drive Chain

Wheelbase —

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