To "R" or not to "R", that is the question ! - KTM 1090 Adventure Forum
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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-30-2020, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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To "R" or not to "R", that is the question !

Hi there, I'm looking at the 1090 Adventure as my next bike, but can't decide between the "R" or the standard ?
I'll be using the bike on the tarmac only, so you could say "why not just get the standard bike if you're not going off-road at all ?" but in fact I like a lot of things about the "R"; it's taller, more road prescence, better looking, has adjustable suspension, etc.
I suppose my question is - does the "R" handle as well or nearly as well as the standard on tarmac ?
Thanks for your advice guys, cheers, Fletch
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-31-2020, 04:10 PM
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Hey man
So the 1090R does not have a "road" version.
What you need is a 1050S...dont think its available in N.America tho...
here's what it looks like:

"does the "R" handle as well or nearly as well as the standard on tarmac ?"
Probably not...factory Continental TKC80 knobbies ( supplied with the "R" trim ) are just ok for tarmac but enough to get you to the next off road section.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2020, 01:46 PM
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I'd say if you want the R, get the R and put some sticky street tires on it, you'll have so much fun you'll never notice any difference between the two. If you don't get the R, you will forever want the things that you wanted about the R and didn't get.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2020, 06:42 PM
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I had a 1090 R. Put street tires on it bc mostly riding on street. Street tires made it very twitchy on the freeway. 21" front wheel is not great on street. Would catch grooves and required constant correction. In short, it sucked. Loved the bike on dirt roads with the oem knobbies.

Traded it in for a 1290 SAS. Couldn't be happier.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2020, 07:29 PM
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Go for the 1090 adv (no R). The thing is the 21” front wheel of the R VS the 19” of the “not R” makes the tarmac rides more comfortable. It has less wobbling. The 21” is more off road oriented to go through rocks and holes and practically everything but makes it less stable at high speeds because of less weight in front.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2020, 09:03 PM
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I agree that the R model is much better looking. I bought mine about 17 months ago to replace my Triumph 800 Tiger. I ride this style of bike because they are so comfortable on the road. I never take them off road. So far my only gripe is a lack of "sport touring" tires in 21 inch. This bike handles great on the road, never "twitches" or follows grooves in the highway and is perfectly stable cruising along at 110 mph. I don't know if it's any good for track days but, as far as I'm concerned, that would be like taking a Jeep to Laguna Seca.
It is quite tall so be sure you can control it at stop lights. Black Dog makes an excellent side stand repositioned that allows you to stand on the foot peg for getting on and off. Nice if you have luggage.
Mine gets about 44 mpg for day in, day out commuting to work (40 miles) and 50 mpg on long highway trips.
So I highly recommend the Adventure R for the road. If you are thinking about buying a new one just remember that the DO NOT come with a warranty.
Best of luck.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-29-2020, 08:13 AM
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I would like to say 'Just buy it' but that doesnt answer your question.

If it was my choice, in the UK, with the use you will put it too, I would go past the 1090r and choose the 1290s for the extra grunt.

I believe its a great road machine that can do some unpaved. I had a 1290s out when my 1090r was getting serviced and at a KTM rally in Italy few years ago. I really liked it for the road. Monster power, adjustable suspension at the buttons. Very easy to ride.

If you wanted to do more off road then buy the 1090r. You wont be disappointed with either.

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