Press launches usually don’t last for two days but this one did, and Ari Henning from Motorcyclist was invited by KTM to test ride the new 1090 Adventure R along Jeep trails.
Called the "purest travel enduro available” by KTM, the 1090 Adventure R took everything Southern California trails could throw at it. While the bike may weigh 472 lbs, its 1050cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine was more than capable of tacking rough terrain and it was tuned to for a more user friendly power delivery. In Off Road ride mode the 1090 is capped off at 100hp, but outside of that it has a claimed 125 hp and 80 lb.-ft. of torque on tap.
Updated with stiffer fork springs and a new PDS shock, the 1090’s suspension system may feel harsh on paved roads, but it shines off-road and it’s less likely to bottom out than BMW’s R1200GS Adventure. Combined with a dialed-in chassis, Off-Road ABS setting and low curb weight the 1090 Adventure R is stout enough to take on any obstacles you can’t avoid.
One of the few complaints Henning had was of the stubby windscreen, but the comfortable rider ergonomics and off-road aggressive riding position more than makes up for it. Not bad for $14,699 a pop and that price includes a set of Continental TKC 80 knobbies, good enough to get you up to 70 mph in top gear.
Overall, the 1090 Adventure R is the ADV to get for those who are really into off-road riding as there is no competition in his eyes.