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First Look: KTM 790 Adventure R Rally – they built it because they can

Is this as good as Adventure bikes could ever get for off road? KTM extends their Adventure range with the 790 Adventure R Rally version – blurring the lines between rally, off road and adventure bikes. 


KTM have unveiled the new 790 Adventure R Rally, an exclusive model limited to 500 units and aimed at riders who want a stronger off-road performance from their adventure bike. If these pictures of Chris Birch ripping the new bike are anything to go by, we’re sold on the idea!

Based on the 790 Adventure R (which Birchy raced to fourth overall at the 2019 Hellas Rally), the new R Rally shares the same steel chassis and LC8c parallel twin engine but with improved suspension, thanks to the WP XPLOR PRO fork and shock absorber. The bike has gained 30mm in suspension travel and the seat height has risen to 910mm over the standard 790 Adventure. 


The XPLOR PRO suspension pack has been built in the same department as the WP’s Factory Racing Equipment and KTM say it is “close to” the same level used by the Dakar-winning Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally team on the KTM 450 Rally. 

The WP XPLOR PRO 7548 fork uses the cone valve technology, a system that allows a good damping performance without compromising comfort or bottoming resistance. Setting changes are also easier to make via the external adjusters.

On the rear the R Rally equips a WP XPLOR PRO 6746 shock that’s based on the one used in the KTM 450 Rally. The shock uses the signature PDS system and the damping can be easily adjusted. 

Hubert Trunkenpolz at KTM says of the new model: “Quite simply, we’ve built the KTM 790 Adventure R Rally because we can! At KTM we continually try to push ourselves and the development of our products. We have the equipment at our disposal, and we know how to make a truly special bike for our hardcore customers.”

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In addition to the suspension upgrade the R Rally is also equipped with an Akrapovic exhaust, carbon fibre tank protectors and the Quickshifter+ system. KTM has also changed the rims, which they label "narrower and tube type". The seat takes on a straighter shape to improve the ergonomics when you ride in a stand up position and the footpegs have improved grip and width to give the rider a better feeling when standing up. 


Further details on pricing, availability and ordering process will be announced in the upcoming months. 

More information: KTM.com

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Igor Aguado
Enduro21 Junior Editor