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Hi one and all!

Just ordered my new 1090 Adventure R, hopefully picking it up at the end of next week.

Not at all new to the adventure bike scene as the 1090 is replacing my 690 Enduro, which itself was a replacement for a 990 Adventure.

I've also owned during 39 years of biking, three BMW GS's: An R1200GS, an F800GS and even an old R80G/S back in the Eighties, so I guess I was an early adopter of the genre.

I also race my 525 EXC in Navigation Rallies, having competed in Morocco, Portugal and the UK
 

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Welcome!! We just booked our vacation to the UK. 🙂
 

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Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to hearing your impressions of the bike, with such an extensive background in adv models.
 

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Here's my first impressions from my two lengthy demos, it's an extract from my blog Nomad Racing complete with translations for our American cousins :wink2:

It just so happened that I was running another Rallymoto Road Book Caper (A non competitive Navigation training ride) from the KTM Centre, Hemel Hempstead (that's in England just North West of London) on the 23rd June, so a deal was done and I had a 1090 Adventure R for the day. We had eight riders turn up for the event and whilst sorting them out we also fitted the 1090 with a “Give it a Go” Manual road book holder. I then rode the event as the sweeper, ensuring everyone got back safe and sound (they did)!




Well where do I start? The 1090 is leaps and bounds ahead of the old 990 I used to own despite being a similar configuration; although similar in concept the execution is so much better. My 990 always felt a bit raw, more like a genuine race machine (albeit a **** big one) After all it did share a large number of parts with the 950 Rally campaigned by KTM in the Dakar Rally.

Unfortunately this also meant it was a bit fragile and needed frequent, expensive servicing. The 1090 on the other hand feels refined and very smooth, yet can still deliver that visceral feeling when you twist the throttle open. The way it builds speed is fantastic and it handles on the road almost like a sports bike despite the 21”/18” wheel combo (something it does share with the 990) however the WP Suspension feels far more sophisticated and soaks up bumps with aplomb.



I spent most of the time in “Street” mode on the traction control and this was my favourite although “Sport” mode was fun if a little too much at times. The bike is shod with Continental TKC80 tyres, to be honest not my favourite on the road but they seem to suit the 1090 really well, so no problems there.

So what’s it like on the dirt? Composed, capable and totally in control I was pleased to discover. The riding position seems spot on and in the bone dry conditions the tyres had no issues at all.



The 990 always felt like it needed to go fast to handle well off tarmac and that had the potential to go horribly wrong. The 1090 on the other hand can be trickled along easily at walking pace, the gearing feeling much more suitable. It is only 2kg lighter than the old bike but feels much lighter, it carries its weight very well, never feeling too top heavy. I did try the “Off Road” mode on the traction control that reduces power from 125 bhp to 100 bhp but actually spent most of the time in Street which didn’t seem to be an issue at all.

Brakes are a different thing altogether, where the 990s twin sliding callipers were at best adequate, the 1090s radially mounted Brembos are superb, hauling the bike down from speed with no dramas and yet having loads of feel and precise control on the dirt, although like most twin disc set ups on an “off road” bike you need to treat them with respect.

So the downsides? The bike does produce a considerable amount of heat, concentrated through the seat due to the position of the rear cylinder, so no different to the 990 in that respect. On the 990 the catalytic converters were positioned in the silencers under the seat, where they also contributed to the “heated seat effect” but at least they were easily removed when fitting aftermarket pipes (I had Akrapovics on mine). But on the 1090 the cat is positioned within the header pipe adjacent to your right foot and that chucks out considerable heat too. However it is less easily dealt with as a full exhaust system without a cat' (for race use only of course) will set you back over £800 ($1060). However it should be noted I was riding on one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures nudging 30 degrees, certainly not typical of a UK Summer. the warm bum effect will be welcome in the Winter!

So all in all I was very impressed with the 1090 Adventure R but as this would be my “Road Bike” should I not consider the 1090 Adventure (No R). The difference? The “standard” model has 19”/17” cast alloy wheels with road tyres as opposed to the Rs 21”/18” wire spoked wheels with trail tyres, the suspension is shorter and non-adjustable and it has a taller windscreen and that’s about it. It also comes in a black/orange colour scheme as opposed to the Rs mainly white bodywork.

So there was only one thing to do….

A week and a half later I was back at the KTM Centre for back to back test rides of the two variants. I took the plain Adventure out first and to be honest it felt a bit lacklustre, the suspension certainly wasn’t as sharp and it felt a bit imprecise by comparison despite the smaller, wider wheels shod with Continental Trail Attack tyres (despite the name essentially a road tyre). The slightly lower front end also put more weight on my wrists that I found uncomfortable. My bum and right foot got just as hot (it was another scorching day) and I couldn’t find a position of the adjustable tall screen that didn’t cause (admittedly mild) buffeting of my helmet.




My route took in Motorways (Interstate), dual carriageways (highways), sweeping A roads and twisty back roads, I also threw in a mild unsurfaced trail to see how it performed; it was OK but certainly not as confidence inspiring as the R.

So to be certain I took it back, swapped it for the R and repeated the route. Absolutely no contest! So after another fun day the deal was done and a brand new 1090 Adventure R is currently sitting in the KTM Centre with my name on it!

 

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Sorry guys I missed a translation, I know that in the US "Tarmac" is generally only used in relation to airports!

Tarmac = Asphalt :laugh:
 

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Well the finance took a little bit longer than anticipated to set up not helped by a change in the Bank of England interest rates part way through the process!

I had been looking to keep monthly payments as low as possible as I will have the opportunity to pay off the finance in full in two years so it took a bit of shopping around to get the best deal.

But I finally pick up my 1090 R tomorrow:

Complete with...

Heated Grips
Sump Guard
Power Socket
LED Indicators
Touratech pannier frames (i'm keeping the Zega Pro panniers that came with my 690).

After suffering loads of time wasters I failed to sell the 690 but negotiated a half decent price for a part exchange, so it goes tomorrow too.

One more sleep :grin2:
 

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Got the bike on Friday it rained...

A lot!

Luckily I managed to avoid the rain and rode it home, 35 miles

Unfortunately I was busy on bike related events all weekend but for both had to take the van :frown2:

So finally got to play again this morning.....

It's raining again!!!

So I've discovered what it's like to ride in Rain Mode.... seems to do exactly what it says on the tin.

And then got to work and managed to drop the bike in the car park as the surface was really slippery, no damage apart from to my pride and a small scratch on the crash bar, so it's been christened now!
 

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Got the bike on Friday it rained...

A lot!

Luckily I managed to avoid the rain and rode it home, 35 miles

Unfortunately I was busy on bike related events all weekend but for both had to take the van :frown2:

So finally got to play again this morning.....

It's raining again!!!

So I've discovered what it's like to ride in Rain Mode.... seems to do exactly what it says on the tin.

And then got to work and managed to drop the bike in the car park as the surface was really slippery, no damage apart from to my pride and a small scratch on the crash bar, so it's been christened now!

Hi Nomad,



Real sorry to hear about your mishap, I was expecting to drop mine and seeing as I drove it around for a month and a half without it being lowered I am quite surprised I did not drop it. I was never worried about doping it while driving, it was moving it around and loosing my footing in car parks that scared me :wink2: anyways now that i have it at 6.6 inches front and rear from 8.6 I can honestly say that when I do drop it in the car park I will have no one to blame but myself.




You mentioned that you are going for a Touratech top box for your wife's comfort. I went that route and the wife loves it, she feels much more relaxed knowing its there. See attached photo
 

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Yours looks a lot bigger than the picture on the KTM website!

We only get the option of the 38 litre from KTM in the UK.

Or you can buy it direct from Touratech UK for more money! It's £275.10 ($458.65 CDN) from a KTM dealer or £363.00 ($605.20 CDN) from Touratech... go figure!
 
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