KTM 990 Adventure Review — UK Motorbike Forum

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KTM 990 Adventure

KTM 990 Adventure Review

There was a spell in the mid 1990s when it was to drink orange Tango. was due in the most part to.

KTM 990 Adventure

There was a brief spell in the mid when it was cool to drink Tango. This was due in the most to a series of insane tv ads involving the abuse of some unsuspecting culminating in the catch line: You when you’ve been I was young back then, and ads appealed to my burgeoning sense of anarchy.

They made me because I couldn’t really a serious beverage company try to sell its products with blatantly silly advertising.

Tango anyone?

The KTM 990 Adventure me laugh when I rode it I couldn’t believe a serious would engineer a practical of transport so it felt like it from the nut farm.

This is brilliant fun to ride. The engine has set-up to deliver the most in the mid range where you actually it, and with a light flywheel it up with an intoxicating buzz, you forward with free-spinning And it sounds great too, with the standard pipes.

But much I was expecting from the LC8 and when it met my expectations I simply that mental box.

However, what makes the package work is the chassis KTM magically created around great engine. The centre of far lower than you’d thanks to the side-mounted fuel and the KTM responds with gusto to aggressive inputs from the and no matter how hard I tried to the bike it simply responded startling composure. Its incredible how narrow, nobbly front behaves under extreme

You imagine its going to feel and remote, and that it will about on its off-road profile, but it doesn’t. It feels utterly and inspires completely unexpected of confidence. After 20 minutes I was me knee around roundabouts by the KTM’s startling handling.

downs are easy on this although you do have to absale the side of thing to get down to the

Yes, the Adventure is ugly the front, but anyone following in a will think it looks

However, after a while I to explore the whole big trailie / moto experience, and quit the dragging tom-foolery. And thats this huge bike its Joker on me. I have never a bike like this and it did take a little while for me to the sat-up, feet forward position.

But when I did, the went from being an engineering tour-de-force, to being the the Monkey Boy. I giggled as I threw the bike around me rather than shifting my own weight about. This is tall, and when you crank it it feels like it just and leans and leans, and it is such

Who needs knee-sliders — I sticking my foot out and burning the off the sole of my boot. You slide hips forward on the seat, seems to extend right up to the bars, and wrestle the bull from side to side bent elbows to hurl the about. Come to a corner and the bike down, then out with a satisfying growl the engine. Excellent.

You can also this bike standing up. It may ridiculous but I loved doing At one point I approached the top of a very hill, and as I did so I stood up on the pegs so I was about 10ft in the air, and not see any part of the bike.

The sensation of as I dropped over the crest of the was fantastic, and I don’t think I ever tire of it. The Adventure 10 out of 10 for enjoyment.

The Adventure obviously has roots, and for a rider used to bike manners it has a few tricks up its Firstly there is the off road position, which translates very comfortable road-going then there is the height and clearance which give a view ahead, and almost lean angles. However, the treat is the way this machine traction.

The best bike for modern British roads?

There is a of the A24 just south of Dorking rises and falls over a ridge, crossing back and with fast sweepers. The is very wide, but in the middle the is shockingly bad. On one side of the a gorgeous left hander is treacherous for any normal bike by a sweeping crack in the road along the biking line, and on the side there are a series of islands punctured by more paint than it takes to the Taj Mahal.

On my VFR overtaking through section results in severe tyre squirming and uncontrolled I quite enjoy this, but it show up the limits in the VFR’s brief.

I’ve never through that section of anything like as fast as I did on the The massive WP suspension just up all the crap the road had to offer, and let me lay power and simply blast Up until this point I had really considered that was a combination of the tyre and the suspension together, but the Adventure shows you can be done, and it was a genuine eye-opener.

The the suspension inspired was utterly and I just went faster and

Sherpa Tenzig, let us prepare for the ascent

All this tremendous does come at a cost and that is felt under braking and acceleration, when the dips forward and rears up far than a standard road However, truth be told I rather enjoyed all the movement. The felt limber and flexible and alive, especially in comparison to a VFR or the It just all added to the bonkers this bike has.

Its a giant puppy — all ears and big paws.

There are problems with the Adventure might worry some. For the gear box is not very good, and a deliberate approach. It will shift nicely under but I kept finding a false between fifth and sixth, and down has to be done one step at a

However, for me this was not really a as I’m used to riding racing bikes with changes you have to book a in advance.

The brakes are also not but again they are sufficient and if you their performance into the plotting part of your brain you can ride around the

Other problems come as a of the off-road bias. For example the is very tall. I’m under 6ft and I managed, but any smaller and it be a genuine issue I think. The position does put a lot of weight the lower back, and I started to that at times. However, I did for about an hour and a half and I was at the end.

The seating area is very too, as a result of the length of the so there is plenty of scope for around to relieve pressure.

I had some issues with the of the handle bars, and in particular on occasions when I braked I actually rolled the throttle rather than shut.

is also no getting around the I’ll concede that is an ugly bike, although for me doesn’t really come the equation too much. It does better in the flesh, and in particular the paint and general quality do come across.

Boxer eat your heart out

Some of you may that I posed the question about this bike’s abilities. On my test ride I up into Town on my commute to try it out through the traffic. All I can say was that it was thanks to its height, and very profile.

The widest part of the is the bars, and they are not very at all. I went sailing the traffic with no problems.

read several reviews criticise the low speed fueling, and I experimented at slow speeds in situations to suss it out. is no doubt it can be very abrupt if you use a but a rider with any real and clutch control will no problems. I had an unfair advantage in the low speed fuelling on the VFR is also so I am very used to it and it never me.

I would simply say that if you confidence then the fuelling well be a problem worth in mind.

So, overall this has some ordinary parts, but the of the luxurious engine, extraordinary and the off-road style traction rough roads, made it enjoyable. I was expecting this to be good, but I was not expecting it to be that nor to surprise me in areas I simply anticipated. I think I’ve been Tangoed.

The dealer me the entire stock of 2008 bikes has sold out! So its black, or this special an Ј800 Dream Machine job.

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