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KTM's new generation LC8c in-line twin-engine with 95 hp (70 kW) - combined with modern electronics and a 6-speed sequential gearbox - ticks all the boxes for a travel-enduro motorcycle that can be ridden up to 450 kms between fuel stops on the open road. Smooth long-distance travel is assured thanks to two balancer shafts, which keep vibration to a minimum. With long service intervals of 15,000 km, you can ride for days on end without a worry.
The 8-valve DOHC cylinder head contains twin chain-driven camshafts and two spark plugs (one per cylinder). The camshafts are assembled, making them lighter than forged camshafts, while the cam profile has been developed to create an especially torquey engine. The steel valves are opened by DLC coated finger followers and a hydraulic chain tensioner tensions the camchain.
When punching out those big long days in the saddle - on the tarmac linking up offroad sections - engine vibrations are kept to a minimum thanks to two balancer shafts, one in front of the crankshaft and the other in the cylinder head between the two camshafts.
The nicasil-coated aluminum cylinders are an integral part of the sleeveless engine casing. The open deck cylinder construction allows for optimal cooling, improved production tolerances, and reduces the potential for cylinder warpage during production.
Forged pistons with three piston rings connected by a plain conrod bearing, combine with a DLC coated piston pin for reduced piston weight and thus less reciprocating mass. This results in a faster revving engine and allows for a lighter crankshaft, with reduced rotating masses and improved handling.
High quality pistons are connected to the crankshaft by a forged and cracked conrod, which is carried by plain bearings.
A forged one-piece crankshaft is held firmly in place by plain bearings with a 75-degree offset. The 435-degree firing order produces a sound similar to that of the larger LC8 engine, which makes the KTM 790 ADVENTURE feel like one of its V-twin adventure brothers when cracking the throttle open.
The horizontally split crankcases are an aluminum high-pressure cast. This allows for reduced wall thickness for weight savings, and optimized surfaces, which allowed the engine designers more freedom in their design. The open-deck cylinders are integrated into the crankcase.
Oil circulation is based on a compact semi-dry sump system to minimize friction losses. The oil is actively pumped out of the crankcase, clutch housing and gearbox, which ensures that oil does not unnecessarily flow through the engine. The oil sump is integrated into the oil pump housing, together with two pumps (one scavenge, one pressure) and a pressure regulation valve. To cool down the oil, the engine is equipped with an oil cooler similar to the larger LC8 V-twin engines.
The PASC (Power Assist Clutch) requires minimal rider input to operate it. The slipper clutch on the LC8c is similar to that on the LC8, but more compact and therefore lighter. It prevents destabilizing rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating. It also reduces the hand force required for changing gears, allowing the clutch to be controlled with one finger - saving you energy when riding.
The 6-speed sequential gearbox's stacked configuration reduces engine length, which enables it to be more compact. Gear shifting is very smooth, and by using the optional Quickshifter+ clutchless up and downshifts can be performed effortlessly.
KTM's ride-by-wire system electronically translates the throttle commands of the rider into optimum throttle valve positions for the specific riding situation.
A redesigned stainless-steel exhaust system utilizes a mid-exhaust sound damper to centralize mass, which allows for a relatively small muffler, thereby maximizing the exhaust system's ground clearance. The sound - ready for adventure!
The new KTM 790 ADVENTURE boasts easy airfilter accessibility for cleaning and servicing while on a ride. The airbox is located under the seat with the intake at the rear of the bike. This means that in addition to easy airfilter access, the seat and tank could be kept low and the bike could be made narrower where it counts: in the leg area. It has also allowed better positioning of the electronics to keep mass centralized.
In the heat of the moment, it's important the LC8c engine keeps its cool to ensure its advanced power and performance are maintained. Thanks to the KTM 790 ADVENTURE's design and advanced cooling technology, exploring for hours on end in hot conditions is possible.
The overall geometry of the KTM 790 ADVENTURE was developed for light handling and to be sporty on the street, comfortable for longer distances and with impressive offroad capability. Strength was a big consideration in the design, so a tubular CroMo steel frame is used with the engine acting as a stressed member to reduce weight and overall size. All design and engineering innovations are focused on being compact and light.
When fully loaded for adventure, the bike underneath you need to be built to last. The steel trellis subframe was developed to be compact, lightweight and also strong enough to carry a passenger and luggage under the hard conditions that can be expected when adventure riding.
The signature die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is precisely manufactured and has been optimized for stiffness and stability while still offering excellent flex characteristics. By using a direct link for the rear shock, complexity and parts are reduced. The relatively long swingarm aids in traction, stability and suspension setup.
WHEELS & TYRES
The spoked 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels are specifically developed for KTM ADVENTURE riding - heavy-duty, lightweight and long-lasting. They are fitted with Avon Trailrider tires to maximize long-distance performance, both on the road and off it.
When setting off on an adventure ride, there are many variables that can influence the bike's handling performance. Rider weight, amount of extra luggage, fuel volume, whether there is a pillion passenger or not - these things all have to be considered before racing off. Luckily the KTM 790 ADVENTURE comes with high-quality WP suspension, which is perfectly set up to accommodate the many variables of travel-enduro exploration. With the additional benefit of adjustable rear pre-load, the way your bike rides and handles can be better adjusted to suit most typical riding scenarios, conditions and situations.
To aid stability, a steering damper is fitted for those times when you're pushing hard on the tarmac or powering across rough surfaces en route to your destination.
The alloy lightweight triple clamps are strong and stiff for stability, with the right amount of flex to allow the rider to still feel what the chassis is doing. They also offer a good range of adjustability for handlebar positioning.
The APEX 43 mm open cartridge upside-down fork from WP is set up for adventure riding and two-up touring - smooth streets to rough roads. Split function technology separates the compression and rebound damping between the two fork legs, while suspension travel is a generous 200 mm for the times you really need it.
The WP APEX shock absorber has 200 mm of suspension travel, adjustable preload, and is set up for traveling long distances in tough conditions. Balancing typical KTM performance riding with all-day riding comfort.
Stopping power on the KTM 790 ADVENTURE is boosted by twin 320 mm diameter brake discs with 4-piston, radially mounted, calipers up front, and a 260 mm diameter brake disc actuated by a double piston floating caliper in the rear. The front and rear brake combination provides an ideal mix of control and stopping power in all riding conditions.
The 20 liter low-slung fuel tank is central to this bike's innovative design. With the main volume of the tank placed as low as possible, it lowers the center of gravity for improved handling. It also keeps the bike narrow in the knee area when standing up, for control when riding offroad. The extra space allows a straighter and lower seat to be used, for freedom of movement and better accessibility. To top it all off, there's an exceptional fuel range of approximately 450 km on the open road - a big advantage on longer adventure tours
An aluminum-tapered handlebar allows maximum control while offering a comfortable riding position. The handlebar can be mounted in six different positions, which results in 30 mm of adjustment range allowing for a personal fit.
Whether it's all-day riding while standing or sitting, the KTM 790 ADVENTURE's strong footpegs have been developed for superior ergonomics and to accommodate street or off-road boots in a wide range of conditions. The footrests have rubber inserts, which can be removed.
The height adjustable two-part seat offers comfort for long rides. The rider seat is narrow in the front to provide easy access to the ground. Relatively firm seat foam ensures that the rider stays comfortable even when riding all day long, and the seat cover provides a mix between grip and ease of movement.
The KTM 790 ADVENTURE has a high windshield for maximum wind protection on long rides when chewing up kilometers at high speeds on the open road. The lower 790 ADVENTURE R windshield can be used on the 790 ADVENTURE.
Reading valuable information like trip meter, fuel range, ABS settings and ride modes on the fly is made easier with the 5-inch, full-color, state-of-the-art TFT display. The rider can select which information and where he would like to have it displayed on the screen. The display's configuration is variable and automatically adapts to variations in environmental light. The rev counter blinks to indicate when to shift.
LED lights are used on the KTM 790 ADVENTURE as the main headlight, taillight and indicators. LED lights offer great illumination and visibility. They are compact, so they help reduce the overall volume of the motorcycle.
MTC (MOTORCYCLE TRACTION CONTROL)
The MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) is a lean-angle sensitive traction control system that reacts immediately the instant rear wheel rotation speed becomes disproportionate to the riding situation. In mere milliseconds, MTC reduces engine output with an extremely smooth, barely perceptible intervention at the throttle valves until slippage is reduced to optimum proportions for the selected ride mode and current angle of lean. For particularly ambitious riders, the traction control can also be switched off.
KTM's cornering ABS system allows riders to always use the full power of their brakes while the system adjusts brake pressure to match the lean angle of the motorcycle, for safer and more predictable braking across a wider range of conditions and scenarios. It can be turned off for offroad conditions.
By selecting offroad ABS, ABS is deactivated on the rear wheel, while front wheel ABS intervention is reduced and data from the lean angle sensor is not considered. This allows riders to lock up the rear wheel, which can be used to steer into corners. It reduces the tendency of the ABS on the front wheel to regulate on loose surfaces, thus balancing decent stopping power with secure braking in the dirt. The settings were developed for maximum braking power with minimal electronic intervention in all scenarios.
OFFROAD RIDE MODE
'Offroad ride mode' has a smooth throttle response and allows a fair amount of slip before it intervenes. On low grip surfaces, a certain amount of wheel slip is needed to ensure forward motion. Secondly, it allows riders to break traction so they can steer with the rear wheel. Anti-wheelie is not used in this mode, so riders can easily lift the front wheel over obstacles. 'Offroad ride mode' is not lean angle sensitive, so traction control does not intervene when a rider uses a berm to turn.
KTM MY RIDE
With the KTM MY RIDE system, a smartphone can be connected to the bike, which gives the rider the option of receiving or making phone calls, listening to music, and using the optional app for navigation.
2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin
Popwer in km
Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
Bosch EMS with RBW
4.19 l/100 km
Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
WP upside-down Ø 43 mm
Suspension travel (front)
Suspension travel (rear)
2x radially mounted 4 piston caliper
2 piston floating caliper
Front brake disc diameter
Rear brake disc diameter
Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disengageable)
X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4"
Steering head angle
Tank capacity (approx.)