EICMA: 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R

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KTM has latched onto the idea that if you make a bike, a great way to make the same bike…but more money on it, is to make an R version with some extra trick parts. It’s called market segmentation, and this author likes it. Likes it a lot. That being said, here is the 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R. It has more power, less weight, and is focused on being the bike for off-road adventure. More on those changes after the jump.

The base model Adventure will now make 106bhp, while the Adventure R will make an additional 9bhp more, topping in at 115bhp. Both bikes will have to share a torque curve of 74 lb•ft. The Adventure R is also reportedly dropping the anti-lock brakes found currently on the 990 Adventure. This should be just in time for the 2009 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally. Delicious.


Yes, but does it come in Orange?

Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.