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    KTM 790 Adventure, A Dealers (biased) Perspective.

    Introducing the KTM 790 Adventure S & R, a bike I have been waiting for since KTM discontinued their legendary single, the 640 Adventure. A special thanks to KTM South Africa for the privilege of experiencing these bikes in Morocco, shortly after their International Launch. An honor indeed. A lot of people have asked my opinion, so here it is. FYI (or rather for what it’s worth) I have gone out of my way not to read or watch any reviews on the KTM 790 Adventure, I wanted no preconceived ideas, I wanted to form my own opinion. Although, I have heard expressions of disappointment at the weight of the bike as well…

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    KTM 390 Duke, A Bike for all occassions

    As a dealer, a KTM dealer, I struggled to understand the 390 Duke positioning. Legally too much for under 18 and too little (read slow) for over 18. #preconceptions In my experience, naked bikes are not very practical in this country. Exposing the rider to unpleasantries on our long straight roads, unlike European congested towns or twisty country roads keeping speeds to an acceptable comfort level. I loved my first ride, on the original 390 Duke, chasing its bigger brother and Original Beast, 1290 Superduke R around the Cape Peninsula following the Argus Route. No contest on the fast flowing stuff, but a great dual in the tight twisties using little to no…

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    KTM 1190 Adventure

    A stroke of genius I thought when the KTM 1190 Adventures were introduced, sharing the same frame and motor, but different suspension & wheel setup catering to different market segments. The R enjoying a 21/18 wheel combination with longer (manually adjustable) suspension travel, wider handlebars, lower screen and one piece “motocross” style seat clearly the more “offroad” option. While the lower Adventure sports 19/17 wheels, shorter (electronically adjustable) suspension, narrower (by 2cm) handlebars, high screen and more pillion friendly split seat combination with height adjustment for the rider appears to be designed for more dual sport (50/50) application. For some reason, since its introduction KTM’s 1190 Adventure has always played second fiddle to…