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2024 KTM 790 Adventure Review | First Look

2024 KTM 790 Adventure in white with orange graphics

Adding to KTM’s list of recent announcements, including the reintroduction of the SMT line with the 2024 KTM 890 SMT and a new generation of single-cylinder engines dubbed the “LC4c” found in the KTM 390 Duke and 250 Duke, the company has released details on the 2024 KTM 790 Adventure, redesigned in Mattighofen, Austria.

KTM calls the bike an ideal “first taste” for riders who are looking to try out the adventure segment. Rider would agree, having awarded the 2019 Motorcycle of the Year honor to the KTM 790 Adventure. In our Tour Test of the bike, our reviewer called it “an eminently capable lightweight ADV tourer that was designed for excursions into some pretty gnarly territory.”

Related: 2019 KTM 790 Adventure | Tour Test Review

The 2024 KTM 790 Adventure still has the 799cc parallel-Twin LC8c with DOHC, but KTM says the bike is now more stable at constant speed and has gained more cornering poise thanks to a 20% increase in rotating mass. Reworked Dell’Orto throttle bodies bring a cleaner and more efficient connection due to the enhanced combustion, and the knock control sensor results in a higher state of ignition and better capacity for low octane fuel, which is a reassuring characteristic for the different qualities of gasoline found while traveling and addresses one of the minor gripes from our reviewer regarding the 2019 model.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure in black option

The 790 Adventure also has a 6-speed gearbox, throttle-by-wire, a PASC slip/assist clutch, a new airbox, and a reconfigured optional Quickshifter+. The bike also benefits from the latest 6-axis IMU that can be found on larger KTM siblings like the KTM 890 Adventure R and KTM 1290 Super Adventure models and which informs the Cornering Motorcycle Traction Control and other aspects such as ABS, Motor Slip Regulation (optional), and three standard ride modes – Street, Offroad, and Rain – as well as the optional Rally mode. ABS modes now automatically switch between the ride modes, removing the need for more configuration. Demo mode allows sampling of the full electronic rider aids suite for the first 1,500 km. 

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WP Apex suspension includes a 43mm inverted fork and a preload-adjustable shock with 7.9 inches of front/rear travel. Braking comes from dual 4-piston calipers clamping down on 320mm discs up front and a 260mm disc in the back. The bike still rides on 21/18-inch front/rear tires, but they’re wrapped in new Pirelli Scorpion STR tires with large tread blocks for more of an off-road focus.

The 790 Adventure has 9.1 inches of ground clearance, an adjustable seat height (33/33.8 in.), and a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, which follows the flow and lines of the bike to where a new front mask gives way to an integrated fairing. A new higher windscreen provides more wind protection, a larger aluminum engine guard is fitted as standard, and the plastics (injected molded with graphics for more resistance) have also been reshaped to guard the tank and seat against unwanted knocks.

The lights are full LED, and the bike has a new 5-inch TFT that reacts to ambient lighting and utilizes a redesigned menu system of new infographics for faster and easier customization.

In addition to Rally mode and MSR, other optional features include KTMconnect with Bluetooth connectivity, Quickshifter+, heated grips, a heated seat, and cruise control.

The 2024 KTM 790 Adventure will arrive in December 2024 in two new colorways: white with orange graphics or a black option. Pricing has not yet been announced.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure in white with orange graphics

For more information, visit the KTM website.  

Check out more new/updated bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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