Time and again, there have been questions that continue to baffle us. With motorcycles, finding the right answer to these questions are made easier when you can point to something that has all the right elements to be considered one of the best in the market. That, in a nutshell, is what the KTM 990 Adventure R is all about.
With a formula that involves more power plus a lower center of gravity, and a tauter chassis set-up, KTM has found the perfect recipe to build the 990 Adventure R.
A supreme sports model for power travelers that cuts just as good a figure on a long trip as it does winding through the curves, the Adventure R becomes an even bigger scourge of the superbikes without relinquishing its fundamental tourer qualities.
Keeping up with its offroad styling, the Adventure R’s perfectly padded sports seat ensures suitable long-distance comfort for both rider and pillion, while also providing freedom of movement and crystal-clear feedback for a sportier pace.
Meanwhile, The Adventure R’s water-cooled, 85 kW (114 hp) V-engine impresses with powerful acceleration, superb performance, and spontaneous throttle response thanks to state-of-the-art four-valve cylinder heads, each with flow-optimized ducts, two overhead camshafts, and an electronic Keihin engine management system that regulates the modern fuel injection system on the 990 Adventure R. This focuses on optimum behavior under partial load and spontaneous responsiveness.
Find out more about the KTM 990 Adventure R after the jump.
The Adventure R’s water-cooled, 85 kW (114 hp) V-engine impresses with powerful acceleration, superb performance and spontaneous throttle response.
Aside from optimum combustion chamber design, the major factors behind the outstanding performance of the 990 Adventure R’s V-twin with 75° cylinder angle are the state-of-the-art four-valve cylinder heads, each with flow-optimized ducts and two overhead camshafts.
The electronic Keihin engine management system regulates the modern fuel injection system on the 990 Adventure R, focusing on optimum behavior under partial load and spontaneous responsiveness. In this way, KTM engineers were able to harmonize raw power with optimum rideability.
Chassis and Suspension
The 990 Adventure R’s tubular space frame made from thin-walled chrome-molybdenum steel tubing with a bolted-on, light alloy subframe only weighs 10.5 kg, yet it impresses with exemplary torsional stiffness. The long swingarm with conical profiles contributes plenty of mechanical grip.
Thanks to multiple setting options, the upside-down telescopic fork and the directly connected shock absorber from WP Suspension allow optimum individual adjustment of the chassis to suit the respective operational use of the versatile Adventure R.
Brakes and Wheels
More than adequate deceleration is ensured in the Adventure R by Brembo brakes featuring the very finest components, such as two floating 300 mm front brake discs. Stable wire-spoked wheels with knobbly tires guarantee full offroad potential.
The large fairing on the Adventure R provides effective protection from the wind and weather and accommodates the clearly structured multi-function cockpit that supplies the rider with all essential information. The fuel tanks with a combined capacity of 19.5 l ensure a long useful working range.
here is no shortage of details on the Adventure R that distinguish it as a genuine travel enduro: from the easily operated center stand, the lockable stowage compartment between the tanks and the on-board electrical socket, to the robust engine guard and stable hand guards.
At the rear end, the Adventure R is fitted with an integrated luggage mounting system, to which bags or panniers and top case can be securely fastened, with sufficient capacity for all the equipment to take on that long desert tour.
2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
84.5 kW (113.3 hp)
6-speed, claw shifted
Dry-sump lubrication with 2 rotor pumps
Primary gear ratio
Secondary gear ratio
Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
WP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA PA
WP Suspension PDS 5018 DCC PA
Suspension travel front
Suspension travel rear
Brake system front
Twin-disc brake with floating brake calipers and brake discs
Brake system rear
Single-disc brake with floating brake caliper and brake disc
Two independent brake circuits without ABS (antilock brake system)
Brake discs - diameter front
Brake discs - diameter rear
5/8 x 5/16” X‑Ring
Steering head angle
Ground clearance (unloaded)
Seat height (unloaded)
Total fuel tank capacity approx.
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.
Ultimate Motorcycling----"Perhaps the most off-road oriented of the large adventure bikes,the KTM 990 Adventure has a dirt bike simplicity that keeps its weight and width under control. WP suspension is long travel-9.65 inches at both ends- so rugged single-track trails are not out of the question, especially if more aggressive aftermarket knobbies are installed."
Total Motorcycle----"Easily recognized by its orange powder coated frame, the 990 Adventure R has been one of the major highlights of the KTM line-up as of MY2009. Its LC8 V2, as powerful as it is compact, delivers a whopping 115 PS. Welded from chrome-molybdenum steel sections, the extremely rigid chassis is equipped with high quality, fully adjustable and carefully tuned suspension components “made by WP in Austria“. Numerous practical solutions like the lockable compartment between the tanks, the immobilizer and the hazard
warning lights make clear that even the representative of the sporty KTM “R” fraction is at heart a true member of the Adventure family. The low weight as well as a design that maximizes ruggedness and reliability manage to convince even the most demanding longdistance riders."