Alejandro Alonso from Motorbike Magazine was invited to test the new 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure at a presentation in Barcelona and the one ride was enough to make him crave for more adventure!
Its LC8 1,050cc V-Twin engine is capable of delivering 125 hp and 80.39 lb-ft torque, which is quite a bit more than what its main competitor can produce. We’re looking at you Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin with 93.9 ponies on tap. Thought there is an optional 95hp version for those who are restricted by a A2 license.
For just €12,999 buyers will be getting a steel trellis frame equipped with a slipper clutch, traction control, ABS, twin-screen VDO dash with twin LCD screen and bar-mounted selection, and various riding modes to choose from. In his opinion, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between Street and Sport mode.
Luckily, Alonso’s test bike came with the optional heated grips as it was quite chilly that day. The 1090 Adventure may be a bit beefy at 205 kg dry, but in Street mode it felt agile and handled smoothly when flicked from side to side. Perhaps its narrow cast alloy wheels (19 inch front, 17 inch rear) contributed to this.
Of course what’s a test ride without taking the 1090 Adventure off-road? Granted the route was no Dakar trail but there were sections of road that allowed the Offroad driving mode to shine. He was able to slide the rear as if it was a lighter endure bike thanks to the wheel locking and skidding properties of this ride mode. Unfortunately, he didn’t mention how comfortable it was to stand on the foot pegs nor did he go into detail about the front and rear suspension system.
Overall, he found the1090 Adventure to be a versatile piece of machinery that brought out the adventurer in him.