After Europe, KTM’s new middleweight adventure motorcycles have arrived in the US at attractive prices. The KTM 790 Adventure has been launched in the US for USD 12,499 (INR 8.87 lakh), while the R variant retails for a USD 1,000 more at USD 13,499 (INR 9.59 lakh). In comparison, prices for the Triumph Tiger 800 start from USD 12,000 for the XR (INR 8.57 lakh) and go all the way to USD 16,200 for the XCa (INR 11.52 lakh).
In Europe, the motorcycles were launched at €12,399 (INR 10.11 lakh) or £11,099 (INR 10.09 lakh) for the base and €13,299 (INR 10.84 lakh) or £11,999 (INR 10.90 lakh) for the R variant.
The KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R would arrive in the Indian market although the Dakar Rally winning brand has remained tight-lipped about the launch timeline. We expect to see the adventure tourer to reach by late 2020. KTM will aim to bring the 790 Adventure and the 790 Adventure R to the Indian market via the CKD route to keep the prices competitive.
The production-ready KTM 790 Adventure duo, which made their debut at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle, was developed in close collaboration with the KTM Factory Racing team alongside the KTM 450 Rally bike.
Mechanical specifications are identical on both variants, and the motorcycles use a 799cc, LC8c, parallel-twin engine that also propels the 790 Duke. The engine on the Adventure models delivers 95 bhp of maximum power and comes mated to a six-speed transmission with slipper clutch. The electronic package includes ride-by-wire throttle, multi-level traction control system, selectable riding modes, quick shifter and switchable ABS with Enduro mode.
The KTM 790 Adventure duo features a unique position for the fuel tank that sits on either side of the engine. The design is aimed for improved mass centralisation, higher ground clearance and lower seat height.
Meanwhile, the company would launch the 790 Duke in the Indian market very soon. IAB understands that the middleweight naked roadster will arrive in the Indian market in the following months. The naked roadster will be followed by the much-awaited 390 Adventure in the second half of 2019.