2024 KTM 790 Adventure Review | First Look

2024 KTM 790 Adventure in white with orange graphics
2024 KTM 790 Adventure in white with orange graphics

Adding to KTM’s list of recent announcements, including the reintroduction of the SMT line with the 2024 KTM 890 SMT and a new generation of single-cylinder engines dubbed the “LC4c” found in the KTM 390 Duke and 250 Duke, the company has released details on the 2024 KTM 790 Adventure, redesigned in Mattighofen, Austria.

KTM calls the bike an ideal “first taste” for riders who are looking to try out the adventure segment. Rider would agree, having awarded the 2019 Motorcycle of the Year honor to the KTM 790 Adventure. In our Tour Test of the bike, our reviewer called it “an eminently capable lightweight ADV tourer that was designed for excursions into some pretty gnarly territory.”

2024 KTM 790 Adventure

Related: 2019 KTM 790 Adventure | Tour Test Review

The 2024 KTM 790 Adventure still has the 799cc parallel-Twin LC8c with DOHC, but KTM says the bike is now more stable at constant speed and has gained more cornering poise thanks to a 20% increase in crankshaft mass. Reworked Dell’Orto throttle bodies bring a cleaner and more efficient connection due to the enhanced combustion, and the knock control sensor results in a higher state of ignition and better capacity for low octane fuel, which is a reassuring characteristic for the different qualities of gasoline found while traveling and addresses one of the minor gripes from our reviewer regarding the 2019 model.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure in black option
2024 KTM 790 Adventure in black option

The 790 Adventure also has a 6-speed gearbox, throttle-by-wire, a PASC slip/assist clutch, a new airbox, and a reconfigured optional Quickshifter+. The bike also benefits from the latest 6-axis IMU that can be found on larger KTM siblings like the KTM 890 Adventure R and KTM 1290 Super Adventure models and which informs the Cornering Motorcycle Traction Control and other aspects such as ABS, Motor Slip Regulation (optional), and three standard ride modes – Street, Offroad, and Rain – as well as the optional Rally mode. ABS modes now automatically switch between the ride modes, removing the need for more configuration. Demo mode allows sampling of the full electronic rider aids suite for the first 1,500 km. 

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WP Apex suspension includes a 43mm inverted fork and a preload-adjustable shock with 7.9 inches of front/rear travel. Braking comes from dual 4-piston calipers clamping down on 320mm discs up front and a 260mm disc in the back. The bike still rides on 21/18-inch front/rear tires, but they’re wrapped in new Pirelli Scorpion STR tires with large tread blocks for more of an off-road focus.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure

The 790 Adventure has 9.1 inches of ground clearance, an adjustable seat height (33/33.8 in.), and a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, which follows the flow and lines of the bike to where a new front mask gives way to an integrated fairing. A new higher windscreen provides more wind protection, a larger aluminum engine guard is fitted as standard, and the plastics (injected molded with graphics for more resistance) have also been reshaped to guard the tank and seat against unwanted knocks.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure

The lights are full LED, and the bike has a new 5-inch TFT that reacts to ambient lighting and utilizes a redesigned menu system of new infographics for faster and easier customization.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure

In addition to Rally mode and MSR, other optional features include KTMconnect with Bluetooth connectivity, Quickshifter+, heated grips, a heated seat, and cruise control.

The 2024 KTM 790 Adventure will be available in two new colorways: white with orange graphics or a black option. MSRP is $10,990.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure in white with orange graphics
2024 KTM 790 Adventure in white with orange graphics

For more information, visit the KTM website.  

Check out more new/updated bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 


    • We contacted KTM North America, and here’s their response:

      CFMOTO has been used for production capacity on the KTM 790 DUKE and KTM 790 ADVENTURE. However, both of these models have been designed and developed by KTM R&D in Austria and North America.

  1. CFMOTO – No. 1 Chinese motorcycle manufacturer
    I like all motorcycle brands, some more than others of course, but CFMOTO deserves some attention. I think that CFMOTO is doing a remarkable job in the industry and will eventually become a premium brand. When Japanese bikes first came to America, much wasn’t thought of them, and we all know their story and what they became — most reliable and trusted brands by far. I’ve currently been researching the resurrected KTM 790 Duke from its two-year hiatus, no 2021 and 2022 models for the U.S. I’m sure that you know the story with KTM having the motorcycle built by CFMOTO as of 2023, bringing huge savings to the consumer. It’s currently $1,200 less expensive that it was in 2020.

    2020 $10,700
    2024 $9,500

    In the past I’ve shied away from the KTM brand due to out of my price range. Things have changed and now I have the KTM 790 Duke on my shopping list. The bike is pretty much exactly how it was in 2020, not a fraction less in horsepower or torque (103 bhp and 64 lb.-ft torque). I’m considering this bike as my next ride regardless of where it’s built. CFMOTO just manufactures the bike, KTM designed it, and they check it with their quality control staff. I think the KTM partnership with CFMOTO is going to be huge for both companies and consumers. I’m also glad to know that Husqvarna is in the family as well. I’ve always been interested in that brand also, may add a Husky to my list. CFMOTO is here to stay and getting better every day.
    You can hardly walk into a dealership in America and not find a heavily stocked CFMOTO motorcycle lineup.

    KTM-CFMOTO joint venture started in 2013.
    Yamaha partnership formed with CFMOTO in Sept 2023.
    CFMOTO currently has 4,800 employees.
    They’re over 3,000 CFMOTO dealers worldwide now.
    They’re over 600 CFMOTO dealers in the U.S.
    CFMOTO USA’s headquarters is in Plymouth, MN


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