This 790 Adventure is also expected to be introduced in India next year...

790 Adventure India launch will give us a mid-size motorcycle in the fast growing ADV segment and being a KTM ‘fun’ can be guaranteed!

After a lot of dilly-dallying, KTM eventually launched the mental mid-sizer 790 Duke in India few days back (launch story). It probably is the most important premium motorcycle in India because of KTM’s widespread service support. And that is not it! According to a report at Zigwheels, KTM has also confirmed the Indian launch of 790 Adventure at the launch ceremony of 790 Duke.

790 Adventure is the adventure tourer built on this platform. It comes with all-terrain characteristics like higher ground clearance, knobby tyres, longer suspensions and larger windscreen.

The ‘Scalpel’s’ off-road cousin is powered by the same 799 cc, parallel twin engine which produces 94 bhp of power, which is about 10 odd bhp lesser than 790 Duke, and 88 Nm of torque. Since ADVs require a lot of low-end push, power is generally compromised for added grunt down the rev range. As a result, 790 ADV churns maximum of its torque at 6600 rpm compared to the naked sibling’s 8000 rpm.

Suspension duties are taken care by 43 mm open cartridge Upside down WP fork upfront and preload-adjustable WP mono-shock at the rear which have travels of 200 mm at both ends. Braking is achieved via bigger discs than the ones present on the 790 Duke – dual 320 mm front discs and a 260 mm disc at the rear.

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The 790 ADV gets a Trellis frame which sits on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear broad spoke wheels. The fuel tank has a capacity of 20 litres and the saddle height is 850 mm. The kerb weight of the bike is just 189 kg dry.

Like 790 Duke, the 790 Adventure also comes with four riding options – Street, Rain, Off-road and an optional Rally mode. The off-road mode is designed to maintain the grip of the tyres on loose surfaces. Other electronic features which are borrowed from its 790 sibling are – traction control, cornering ABS, quickshifter, lean-sensitive traction control and a colour TFT instrument console with an additional inbuilt GPS mount above it. The ABS also gets an off-road mode and can be switched off completely – pretty useful when you are in mood for some mudslinging action!

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790 Adventure India Launch

790 ADVJune to Sep 2020 expected

The report predicts that the motorcycle will come in ‘9-12 months’ which means we are looking at the middle of next year for its arrival. Like the Duke, expect it to also come via the CKD route. Since we are in transition, it will definitely be propelled by a BSVI compliant engine and we estimate it to cost about 11-12 Lakhs. It will rival the likes of Triumph Tiger 800 XR, Ducati Multistrada 950 and BMW F750 GS. There is also a premium version in the lineup – Adventure R. It will be interesting to see if it also gets launched in India.

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