KTM re-enter the light-middle weight adventure category with a stunning example of things to come.
KTM pulled the covers off its all-new, KTM 790 ADVENTURE R prototype at the world famous EICMA show in Milan today, along with a hinting how the Austrian firm’s model line-up will further expand, thanks to a completely new engine generation with its 799cc LC8c parallel twin powerplant.
KTM CSO Mr. Hubert Trunkenpolz (the T in KTM) updated the assembled media and guests on the status of the company, scheduled for another record year of growth and profit in 2017 – underlining its position as the largest European motorcycle manufacturer. Not surprising as they have a habit of buying other manufactures. With a completely new engine platform, an expanding R&D facility, increased staff globally and now more than 280 World Championships in its trophy cupboard, KTM refuses to shut the throttle on progress.
Is this what the ADVENTURE community has been eagerly awaiting? A lightweight, compact midrange travel enduro with outstanding cross-country ability.
The KTM 790 ADVENTURE R prototype fully embraces the Austrian company’s READY TO RACE philosophy. With its high dashboard tower, single seat, tiny LED lights and low-slung fuel tanks, the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R is clearly inspired by the KTM Rally machines that dominate competition the world over. The LC8c punches hard from inside its lightweight and extremely rugged chassis, complete with top-quality WP Suspension components front and rear. Naturally, a production version of this would come with the very best electronic rider assistance package too.
While it’s currently just a “prototype”, it looks damn near to production as it gets!
As a clear example KTM’s consistent forward progression, KTM also presented an entirely new generation KTM 450 RALLY in a bid to claim a seventeenth consecutive Rally Dakar victory.
Representing two years of intense development and debuted at the OiLibya Rallye Maroc in October, the bike is faster and lighter while being more agile and stable. Wrapped in new bodywork and housed in a bespoke, freshly developed chassis is a new 450cc single cylinder engine. Controlled by a new engine management system and a revised throttle body, the result is better peak performance and improved throttle response. And in the true KTM style and for non-factory pilots, a customer version KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA will become available during 2018.
This is the bike that will take on the Dakar in the impressive hands of Sam Sunderland and Toby Price!