• Like its base-model brother, the Rally leads the way with a dirtbike-style, tripletree-mount mudguard with guards mounted to the fork feet that protect the swept area of the fork from grit and grime that could wipe out the fork seals.
  • Dual LED headlights ride in a shallow housing that comes complete with LED daytime running lights and mounts the short turn-signal standoffs.
  • On top, a short, clear flyscreen matches the angle of the headlight glass, but does more to protect the instrumentation than the rider.
  • All of the instruments are handled by the five-inch, full-color TFT display that is configurable so you can set it up how you like. It also automatically adjusts itself according to ambient light conditions to maintain maximum visibility in changing conditions.
  • KTM's typical angular bodywork shows up in the winglet fairings that act as a radiator shroud.
  • In a move to keep the center-of-gravity as low as possible, the fuel tanks extend down both sides to visually connect the faux fuel-tank bump up top with the bash plate at the bottom for fairly complete coverage of the innards.
  • The stock carbon-fiber tank protectors used to be optional-equipment only.
  • A short-rise handlebar defines the forward points of a relaxed rider's triangle, and the layout is such that you can operate the Rally whilst standing on the pegs for technical off-road work.
  • The faux fuel-tank hump has a mass-forward shape allowing for a long, bench-type seat that leaves lots of room for fore-and-aft body English; just the thing for tackling rough terrain.
  • Fold-up, subframe-mount footpegs join an obligatory p-pad so you can technically share the fun with a friend. Though I gotta' say, this isn't the kind of bike that's going to be very forgiving to the passenger over long hauls. KTM's reputation for “firm” seats continues to ring true.
  • An LED taillight, turn signals and tag light finish off the lighting, and the plate itself is used as a mudguard extension in a move that keeps the rear end relatively uncluttered.
  • Chrome-molybdenum steel members make up the Trellis-style frame, and the engine is used as a stressed unit to complete the assembly and displace some of the standing structure in a bid to keep weight down.
  • A die-cast swingarm finishes out the skeleton with built-in reinforcement ribs for extra strength.
  • The steering head rides at 26.3 degrees from the vertical to aid in stability on-road and off, and the Rally comes stock with a steering damper that takes the edge off the shock and jostle that happens whenever the front-end gets light and comes back down.
  • To give the Rally its off-road chops, the factory used WP Xplor Pro suspension components that add 30 mm of travel to both ends for a grand total of 10.62 inches of travel.
  • Naturally, more wheel travel raises the seat, and so the saddle rests at 35.8 inches off the ground, not entirely unexpected given its rough-terrain capabilities. Needless to say, this will be a tiptoes-only bike for a large portion of the rider base.
  • Inverted “7548” forks boast cone-damper technology to take the edge off the nastiest jolts, and they come with external adjusters for easy tuning.
  • The “6746” rear shock is equally rally-tastic with a progressive damping system that's fully adjustable so you can tune up for variable conditions.
  • Laced rims round out the rolling chassis, and they come a bit narrower than the base model with the addition of tubes in keeping with its off-road bent.
  • Dual-surface tires come in a profile that's decidedly more appropriate for the brown than the black.
  • A pair of four-pot calipers bite 320 mm discs up front with a twin-piston anchor and 260 mm disc in the rear and Bosch 9.1 MP corner-sensitive, off-road-tuned ABS all around. If you prefer a raw ride for your off-road work, you can turn the anti-locks off in their entirety.
  • Ground clearance measures at 10.35-inches high, so you can count on being able to negotiate fairly rough terrain and obstacles.
  • Power comes from the same LC8c engine that propels the base 790 Adventure R. It has 94 horsepower on tap backed up by 65 pound-feet of torque.
  • The parallel-twin comes with a twin-lobe balance shaft that tames much of the vibration before it has a chance to transfer to the frame and rider.
  • An 88 mm bore and 65.7 mm stroke gives it a 799 cc total displacement.
  • It uses advanced liquid cooled, and it sports two oil pumps that deliver pressurized oil throughout the engine for max lubrication that also carries off waste heat from the critical areas.
  • A ride-by-wire throttle control sends the signal from the right grip to the ECU, where the signal is modified by the traction-control feature and variable power-delivery ride modes feature.
  • The factory trims more weight from the overall total with an Akrapovič muffler on the two-into-one exhaust system.
  • Power flows through a slipper-type clutch and a six-speed transmission before it heads to the rear wheel {via} an O-ring chain drive.
  • The Rally comes with a quickshifter feature as part of the standard equipment in another move to set it above its base model platform.
  • Dual over-head cams time the 8-valve head with Diamond Like Coating-treated finger followers to actuate the poppets and keep reciprocating weight down at the top end.
  • Hydraulic chain tensioners ensure proper adjustment sans manual labor on your part, and the engine boasts an almost 10,000-mile service interval to give it lots of staying power in the field. This is backed up by the 280-mile range per tankful.
  • The price is still TBA as of this writing, but expect it to fetch a bit more than the $13,499 model it's based upon.

KTM Steps Up Their 790 Adventure Game With The New 2020 Rally

Austrian manufacturer KTM teases us with a glimpse into its 2020 lineup by releasing the details on the top-shelf 790 Adventure R “Rally” model. KTM’s not-inconsiderable experience with off-road bikes is readily apparent in this special, limited-edition build that takes an already capable machine and pushes it over the top. Far from being the two-wheeled equivalent of a soccer mom’s SUV, the Rally brings true globetrotting ability to the table with a potent powerplant, extended-travel suspension and weight-saving measures that deliver Dakar-worthy performance. This is a preview as the machine is slated for release in the near future, so get ready to place your order with the quickness when that day arrives, because this mid-size racer is bound to sell out fast.

  • 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
  • Year:
    2020
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Parallel-Twin
  • Displacement:
    799 cc
  • Top Speed:
    TBD mph

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally Design

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855579
Like its base-model brother, the Rally leads the way with a dirtbike-style, tripletree-mount mudguard
with guards mounted to the fork feet that protect the swept area of the fork from grit and grime that could wipe out the fork seals.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855589
Dual LED headlights ride in a shallow housing that comes complete with LED daytime running lights
and mounts the short turn-signal standoffs.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855584
On top, a short, clear flyscreen matches the angle of the headlight glass,
but does more to protect the instrumentation than the rider.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855578
All of the instruments are handled by the five-inch, full-color TFT display that is configurable so you can set it up how you like.
It also automatically adjusts itself according to ambient light conditions to maintain maximum visibility in changing conditions.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855585
KTM’s typical angular bodywork shows up in the winglet fairings that act as a radiator shroud.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855630
In a move to keep the center-of-gravity as low as possible, the fuel tanks extend down both sides
to visually connect the faux fuel-tank bump up top with the bash plate at the bottom for fairly complete coverage of the innards.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855588
The stock carbon-fiber tank protectors used to be optional-equipment only.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855590
A short-rise handlebar defines the forward points of a relaxed rider’s triangle,
and the layout is such that you can operate the Rally whilst standing on the pegs for technical off-road work.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855615
The faux fuel-tank hump has a mass-forward shape allowing for a long, bench-type seat
that leaves lots of room for fore-and-aft body English; just the thing for tackling rough terrain.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855631
Fold-up, subframe-mount footpegs join an obligatory p-pad so you can technically share the fun with a friend.
Though I gotta’ say, this isn’t the kind of bike that’s going to be very forgiving to the passenger over long hauls. KTM’s reputation for “firm” seats continues to ring true.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855621
An LED taillight, turn signals and tag light finish off the lighting,
and the plate itself is used as a mudguard extension in a move that keeps the rear end relatively uncluttered.
Source: photographer: Montero F.

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally Chassis

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855608
Chrome-molybdenum steel members make up the Trellis-style frame,
and the engine is used as a stressed unit to complete the assembly and displace some of the standing structure in a bid to keep weight down.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855575
A die-cast swingarm finishes out the skeleton with built-in reinforcement ribs for extra strength.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855580
The steering head rides at 26.3 degrees from the vertical to aid in stability on-road and off,
and the Rally comes stock with a steering damper that takes the edge off the shock and jostle that happens whenever the front-end gets light and comes back down.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855616
To give the Rally its off-road chops, the factory used WP Xplor Pro suspension components
that add 30 mm of travel to both ends for a grand total of 10.62 inches of travel.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855603
Naturally, more wheel travel raises the seat, and so the saddle rests at 35.8 inches off the ground, not entirely unexpected given its rough-terrain capabilities.
Needless to say, this will be a tiptoes-only bike for a large portion of the rider base.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855601
Inverted “7548” forks boast cone-damper technology to take the edge off the nastiest jolts,
and they come with external adjusters for easy tuning.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855593
The “6746” rear shock is equally rally-tastic with a progressive damping system that’s fully adjustable so you can tune up for variable conditions.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855591
Laced rims round out the rolling chassis,
and they come a bit narrower than the base model with the addition of tubes in keeping with its off-road bent.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855581
Dual-surface tires come in a profile that’s decidedly more appropriate for the brown than the black.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855582
A pair of four-pot calipers bite 320 mm discs up front with a twin-piston anchor and 260 mm disc in the rear and Bosch 9.1 MP corner-sensitive, off-road-tuned ABS all around.
If you prefer a raw ride for your off-road work, you can turn the anti-locks off in their entirety.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855618
Ground clearance measures at 10.35-inches high,
so you can count on being able to negotiate fairly rough terrain and obstacles.
Source: photographer: Montero F.

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally Drivetrain

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855576
Power comes from the same LC8c engine that propels the base 790 Adventure R.
It has 94 horsepower on tap backed up by 65 pound-feet of torque.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855625
The parallel-twin comes with a twin-lobe balance shaft that tames much of the vibration
before it has a chance to transfer to the frame and rider.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855622
An 88 mm bore and 65.7 mm stroke gives it a 799 cc total displacement.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855633
A ride-by-wire throttle control sends the signal from the right grip to the ECU,
where the signal is modified by the traction-control feature and variable power-delivery ride modes feature.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855586
The factory trims more weight from the overall total with an Akrapovič muffler on the two-into-one exhaust system.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855623
Power flows through a slipper-type clutch and a six-speed transmission
before it heads to the rear wheel {via} an O-ring chain drive.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855577
The Rally comes with a quickshifter feature as part of the standard equipment
in another move to set it above its base model platform.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855600
Dual over-head cams time the 8-valve head with Diamond Like Coating-treated finger followers
to actuate the poppets and keep reciprocating weight down at the top end.
Source: photographer: Montero F.
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855609
Hydraulic chain tensioners ensure proper adjustment sans manual labor on your part,
and the engine boasts an almost 10,000-mile service interval to give it lots of staying power in the field. This is backed up by the 280-mile range per tankful.
Source: photographer: Montero F.

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally Pricing

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally
- image 855627
The price is still TBA as of this writing,
but expect it to fetch a bit more than the $13,499 model it’s based upon.
Source: photographer: Montero F.

He Said

“I’m far too old and set in my ways as a street rider to even consider a machine like this, or at least, consider using it as it’s intended, but I have lots of respect for those of you who can. It will be interesting to see how many actually see the Paris-to-Dakar race or another of the globetrotting competitions against which so many like to test themselves.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “As I’ve said before, there really isn’t a shortage of competitors in this mid-displacement adventure market anymore. This is the same engine as in the Duke, but map for less horsepower, which is a good trade off for off-road travel. Mounting the fuel tank low gives the Rally good slow-speed balance and high-speed stability.

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally Specifications

TBA

Further Reading

KTM 790 Adventure / 790 Adventure R

2019 KTM 790 Adventure / 790 Adventure R
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See our review of the KTM 790 Adventure / 790 Adventure R.

KTM 790 Duke

2018 - 2019 KTM 790 Duke
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See our review of the KTM 790 Duke.

KTM

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