2018 Motorcycle Previews KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype Unveiled at EICMA

KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype Unveiled at EICMA

KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype

Since the the turn of the century, the trend in adventure motorcycling has been all about growing in size. Though this trend continues, the Austrians also see the market need for  smaller and more agile ADV machines.

For 2017, KTM released the 1090 Adventure R, which provided a lighter, more agile and more approachable adventure bike vs. the all-powerful 1290 Adventure.

KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype horsepowerNow things get even smaller; at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show, KTM unveiled a entry-level Adventure prototype. Meet the KTM 790 Adventure R, which will likely hit the market as a 2019 model.

The 790 Adventure R uses the totally revised 799cc LC8c parallel twin that is offered in the all-new 790 Duke, which also premiered at EICMA. The 790 Duke’s engine was confirmed to produce at claimed 105 horsepower and 63 ft/lbs of torque.

Details are scarce, but we do know that it will arrive with WP suspension, LED lights, a single seat, high dashboard, and, in typical Adventure style, two low-slung fuel tanks.

KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype Unveiled at EICMA for saleSpeaking at EICMA, KTM Chief Sales Office Hubert Trunkenpolz said, “We aimed to design the most performance-focused mid-weight travel enduro of its class, with the dynamism of much bigger engine machines, by giving it a leading power-to-weight ratio.

“The KTM 790 ADVENTURE R prototype is built from a pure off-road obsession,” he continued. “KTM is the market leader in the dirt; our heritage in this field is something no other motorcycle brand can easily copy and this is another exciting indication of the future.”

Stay clicked to Ultimate Motorcycling for more information as it becomes available.

KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype Unveiled at EICMA

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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