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?