KTM’s all-new 2019 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R are middleweight ADV bikes that are powered by a 95-hp, 799cc parallel twin, weigh just 417 lbs dry and are highly capable off-road. The 790 Adventure is aimed at general adventure-touring enthusiasts while the up-spec 790 Adventure R is aimed at more demanding off-road riders. Rider magazine tested them both in Morocco. Click on the player below to watch our video review, or the link below to read our full evaluation.
Read our 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R First Ride Review
The kind of off roading I do, the std. 790 would be more than up to the task but for a grand more the R’s suspension is well worth it to me. Waiting for the Yamaha 700 Tenere to see how that compares.
I went the Adventure S 18 months ago, realising the type of life the bike will generally lead and knowing I can get more capability out of different tyres for planned more off road excursions.
I’ll never be a hard core offroader – don’t care to be – but at the same time not fearful of long distances on moderate dirt and gravel, often alone. Tyre plugs and pump are must-haves in that scenario so tubeless tyres where a big part of my consideration before I bought.
That alone ruled out the standard Africa Twin and Tenere. Lack of cruise control on longer rides also ruled out the Tenere, as good as it is.
I guess it’s good to stand back and take an objective look at how we ride, where we ride and not how we dream we ride