Review: 2009 KTM 990 Adventure First Ride

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KTM 990 Adventure ABS

Review: 2009 KTM 990 Adventure Ride

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By Jess


990 Adventure

the past decade, there has much heated banter and sparring among off-road aimed at defining and differentiating the sport” and “adventure” motorcycle Seemingly, the goal is to neatly two-wheeled consumers and target with readymade products are focused more on showroom than throat-gripping performance.

to form my own hypothesis, and armed the KTM 990 Adventure, I set my sights on a multi-day through the coastal and interior of central California. The ground were simple-250 miles per evenly split between and off-road terrain, while stunning views of windswept and sundrenched vineyards in of my peripheral

In lieu of the optional KTM hard I decided to travel light and strap a waterproof duffle bag to the fender brace. A US Forest map, coupled with a mounted GPS, would be for the frequent navigational requirements to link up the menagerie of coastal roads and sandy mountain

Although the Austrian machine is “Adventure”, its pedigree is derived a long string of racing in grueling rally events all over the globe. The 990 is not simply a bike kitted with components and marketing materials-rather, its DNA is based on race-proven design and engineered to provide for heightened on all forms of terra firma. In so, KTM has eschewed many of the more accoutrements of some of its competitors’ such as heated grips and suspension adjustment, in favor of a overall weight and a simpler

Although not intended to satisfy the slab burner, the stability of the at freeway speeds was a welcome Once I became accustomed to the buffeting kicked up from the windscreen, miles of pavement away beneath the Pirelli tires.

When the freeway traffic to standstill, I quickly found knifing through cars with beach revelers; the now fuel-injected, LC8 engine induced a rush of endorphins beneath my At 106 horsepower and nearly 74 ft/lbs of the 75-degree, V-twin, 999cc has plenty of punch to loft the wheel, and the quick revving to pick the bike up out of the corners.

US 101, I quickly glanced me before I stomped on the rear pedal and pulled the right lever with all my strength to out the new two-channel Bosch/Brembo ABS braking The front worked well and the bike tracking straight, but the offered less stellar as its oscillation rate between lock and freewheel is abnormally

Thoroughly excited by its nimble-yet-stable on the street, I was eager to unleash the KTM the rocks and ruts of my favorite Barbara back country West Camino Cielo up stunning Channel Island as well as some great to cut our teeth on. However, after to turn off the ABS, I completely the first turn and nearly the ride early, a few hundred down!

A couple of deep and a quick press of a button the ABS system was disengaged. I was happily and sliding the rear wheel, at the top of my lungs! This is where the KTM shines-it is completely at home on roads and trails.

Rocks, roots, and step-ups-there is nearly an aggressive stand-up riding and a little throttle control conquer.

After 15 miles of Santa off-road rally racing, I myself rolling into the Danish village of Solvang, a bakery-fresh aroma wafting the air. I was having too much fun to so I quickly made haste to the Panza OHV area, located in the hills of Central California’s Los National Forest.

KTM 990 Adventure ABS

For the upcoming roads, tight single and long sand washes, I to a 990 Adventure outfitted with Rally Raid tires. with knobbies, the off-road of the bike is completely transformed. power slides, and late-braking shots are too invigorating to pass up.

deep whoops and choppy bumps need to be approached caution on any heavy bike, and are saved for lightweight off-road

Turning the handlebars north, I up the coast past Hearst and San Simeon before eyeing a gravel road-Forest Service 23S01-which cuts across the ridges of the most northern of the Los Padres National Forest. the throttle and again opting for brakes over ABS, I rallied up to 1500 feet sea level, and then headed for the country of Paso Robles.

I discovered that the wine I was a Petite Sirah varietal, very versatile, with different food pairings-quite on the palette. I could not help but wine analogies in my head, and put the dual-sport/adventure bike debate to once and for all.

Instead, the KTM 990 thwarted my ambitions. The bike not fit into the commonly accepted category-it has much more prowess than any other in its class-nor can it be considered a simple bike, as that would be a understatement. It is engineered for much expansive riding than linking up trails separated by tarmac.

Therefore, I would like to matters by adding a “Rally” for the KTM 990, and recommend that rider choose his own adventure.


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