Labelled as Adventure bikes, one would assume most KTM 1090 Adventure R or Honda Africa Twin DCT owners would hit the dirt of take their bikes on an adventure at some point. Zach Bowman and his friend Jeff Allen did just that, journeying from Orange County, California, to the jagged edge of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. Called a search for “the Earth’s lonely, ragged edge”, Zach documented their whole trip in a captivating article on Cycle World.
First their noble steeds; a KTM 1090R and an AT. While they may occupy the same segment, both motorcycles cannot be any more different. What KTM provides is a 1,050cc V-twin beast that’s just aching for long straights and mountain passes. It just seems to push out more and more power with every gear shift. Then you have the more civil Africa Twin with a 998cc parallel twin engine that delivers most of its power around 3,000 rpms. A friendly “puppy” of an adventure bike, made more so by its smooth dual-clutch transmission.
Traversing over a variety of terrain and bogged down by four days’ worth of necessities, they took rode through a storm, slogged through a long hot stretch of tarmac and even rode up to an elevation of 8,000 feet.
A great read for KTM 1090 riders who needs some inspiration for their next two-wheeled adventure.