ADVENTURE BIKE TEST
> How can you take away something and end up with more? KTM did it with the new 1090 Adventure R. This is the successor to the 1190 and the latest in a string of KTM adventure bikes. It bucks the make-it-bigger trend, the make-it-more-expensive trend and the make-it-faster
trend. All of those anti-trends add up to a clear result. KTM made it better, at
least if you’re a dirt guy.
KTM’s big V-twin has been evolving along with the whole adventure market. Back in 2003 when the first version of the 950 came out, no one really
knew what it was supposed to do. KTM was a dirt bike company, so the engineers set out to make dirt performance a priority—something that had never
been very important for the bikes that filled that segment. That set off an
arms race with other manufacturers that eventually resulted in last year’s
introduction of the Honda Africa Twin. The 1090 is the next logical step.
A lower price and a higher dirt factor