KTM 990 Adventure Baja – ADV’s Substitute Teacher

12/07/2012 @ 2:48 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

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KTM USA is down at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach, debuting the 2013 models that will make the trip across the Atlantic Ocean. Already surprising us with the 2013 KTM 690 Duke for the North American markets, KTM USA has another trick up its sleeve for American riders, namely the KTM 990 Adventure Baja.

What we assume is a venerable adventure-touring machine, considering the pedigree that the KTM 990 Adventure has established, the shock move here with the “Baja” model is that it even exists since KTM has already shown its next generation machine at INTERMOT, the KTM 1190 Adventure & KTM 1190 Adventure R.

As the Baja model would appear to be the only other addition to KTM’s street line-up, we are a bit baffled and confused by pretty much all of KTM USA’s street-going models for next year. As such, we will let the company do the talking, after the jump (our apologies for KTM’s low-quality photos).

Meanwhile, we will try to figure out what is going on with the KTM 1190 Adventure, and the KTM 390 Duke models.

KTM has been committed to growing the Travel Adventure segment over the past decade starting with its 950 Adventure and leaping into the 990 Adventure generations. For 2013, the 990 Adventure Baja will push the limit of where a 1000cc twin-powered motorcycle can bring riders. This limited edition model has been built specifically for the North American market. It is a tribute to Baja, the land of the famous SCORE/Baja 1000 but also of multiple travel adventure rides and rallies.

The new model includes white bodywork with limited edition Baja graphics and an orange powder-coated frame. It also includes Dunlop 908 RR tires, orange crash guards, LED auxiliary lights, suede-style seat, aluminum radiators guard, GPS base mount and SuperSprox aluminum steel sprocket. In addition, the Baja unit comes standard with a tank bag and rear waterproof luggage bag as well as fully adjustable front and rear WP suspension. This is truly the bike that can take you on any adventure.

2013 KTM 990 Adventure Baja:

Source: KTM USA

Comment:

  1. Tedd Riggs says:

    Awesome bike, hope it and the 1190 make it to America !

  2. Tedd, this bike is coming to the USA…instead of the KTM 1190 Adventure.

  3. Potreroduc says:

    What!?! Man, why do brands like KTM and Aprilia seem so clueless when it comes to the US market? They make awesome products that we get totally stoked about, but they take forever to get here or they don’t bring them over at all. For example, the new Tuono V4R arrived here over a year after it came out. That was (and probably still is) a hot bike, and I’m sure they missed some sales by taking so long to bring it over. But at least Aprilia didn’t slap some new decals on the outgoing Tuono and call it the “Noale Special” or some crap like that.

    Ducati announces a new bike in Milan, then has product at dealers in time for the upcoming riding season. How is it that they can do this but KTM and Piaggio (who make WAY more bikes) can’t?

    Hopefully this is just an HMO (Hold Me Over) and the US will be getting the 1190.

  4. MikeD says:

    OH, u have to be *&^%ing kidding me !!!!
    How the FECK KTM keeps blatantly showing their new junk around every major bike show and here (U.S.A) we only get some “refurbished/refreshed” old clunker ?
    They should have kept the under-tail xhaust of the old tank, much cleaner looking and i bet easier and less intrussive when it comes to slap side-cases and it’s related bracketry.

    P.S: I don’t want any wise-ass telling me how this “old clunker” is a much better bike than i deserve or could possibly handle, I DON’T CARE, YOU go and put your money where your mouth is, support KTM with YOUR OWN $$$…

    SCREW THAT, i want to see the new one. (^_^)

  5. wreckah says:

    this is an almost stock 990 adventure with some (mediocre) graphics. you guys are so lucky!

  6. Keith says:

    I’m still boggling at hot FAT it is as in “you obese pig” fat. Frankly it really doesn’t need to be larger than 600-750. Unless they are building just for the people compensating for short comings and have no willingness to actually get their butt jewelry dirty. No thanks.

  7. Damo says:

    KTM makes all types of cool bikes, but their marketing decisions fuggin baffle me.

    I wonder how much they regret not letting Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor take their bikes now?

    How could the not bring their new big shiny adventure bike here? Didn’t they see how many big GS’s and Multistradas sold?

  8. David says:

    Instead of bashing KTM, the problem just might lie with how long it takes to get a new bike through our very own EPA and other regulatory agencies.

  9. Dano says:

    @David

    Almost every other manufacturer brings over their big bikes year one? It isn’t like KTM is a small quantity boutique (they export about 80,000 motorcycles of varying size per year)

    The bottom line KTM has always had dodgy support in North America.

  10. steve says:

    i think the 1190 comes as a 2014 model in late 2013. Time to clear 990 inventory and wait for 1190 fed certification

  11. Sean in OZ says:

    Based on the prices you guys pay for bikes (almost half what we pay in Australia) Im guessing there is little margin in it for manufacturers, so why not clear out the old stock in the US?

  12. Marc F says:

    To be the contrarian, KTM is justifiably skittish about their street bikes in the US. While their off-road bikes are killing it, they’ve been burned across the board with unsold inventory on every street bike they’ve brought to America – 690s, 990s, 1190s. Amazing bikes, but customers here just don’t seem to click with them as a road bike brand.

    Given that history, I can understand why they might take a conservative approach and introduce the bikes in Europe, gauge reaction over here, and then let their US dealers pull the bikes instead of trying to push them.

  13. Marc,

    One could argue, for instance, that the main reason the RC8 was such a flop in the US was due in part to the fact that KTM debuted the bike in 2005, rolled out the production version at EICMA in 2008, but held off on bringing it to market in the US (in a meaningful volume) until the 2010 model year.

    Such a delay, from debut to market, is massive mismanagement of all the PR and buzz that has been built up ahead of these models. Yeah, KTM has some serious issues in its dealer network when it comes to on-road models, but the company isn’t helping itself with moves like this.

    Which market again is the largest for adventure-tourers?

  14. Marc F says:

    Jensen, good luck goading a startup CEO into critiquing anyone for their ability to hit a timeline… at best I’d be a hypocrite and at worst I’d be tempting angry gods for a good smiting.

    It may be a PR nightmare, but that’s not necessarily the fault of the PR department. Introducing a brand new product and a new (to them) category ain’t easy. The constraints are engineering, development, and manufacturing – and at a growing company like KTM, you need to add the battle for resources between projects to that uncertainty. None of this changes the delays the public experienced, but at the end of the day, even when it hit the US market in 2009-ish the RC8 was a spectacular bike within the class, with performance parity, truly distinctive but appropriate aesthetics, and some really nice unique features.

    I’m not trying to blame the customer. I’d argue the biggest challenge for KTM in the US is that on-road and off-road shops are usually two different animals. For Honda, it’s a often different dealer moving CBRs and Goldwings, than CRFs. KTM mostly has the latter right now. Shops in Norcal like Scuderia and Tri-Valley are the exceptions not the rule. The market over here may be bigger, but if you don’t have access to it that doesn’t do you much good. In Europe, they have a network they know can move these bikes – it’s just smart business to send the initial production to place you know can sell it. We’ll probably do the same (or converse, depending on how you look at it): Europe is a better market for our product, but the US will get it first because it’s easier for us operationally, and we know we’ll have the dealer network to move it.