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Hard core adventure riders will appreciate what KTM offers with its limited-edition 790 Adventure R Rally machine ($19,499). KTM touts this bike as "the absolute most off-road-capable" motorcycle in its 2020 model line-up. The bad part? It's only building 500 of them…

The 2020 V-Strom 1050XT Adventure is the most sophisticated adventure bike Suzuki has ever built. It is still powered by the popular 90-degree V-twin, but this version is equipped with the latest rider assist technology.
The 2020 V-Strom 1050XT Adventure is the most sophisticated adventure bike Suzuki has ever built. It is still powered by the popular 90-degree V-twin, but this version is equipped with the latest rider assist technology. (Suzuki/)

Based on the already capable 790 Adventure, the Rally edition expands its versatile pedigree with the fitment of higher-spec WP suspension. Specifically, the fork uses a cone-type valve technology for improved hydraulic dynamics. Rear suspension duties are handled by a premium XPLOR Pro-series shock that uses low-friction internals and separate high- and low-speed compression damping circuits. This permits the rider to fine-tune suspension action when loaded. The shock continues to actuate without a linkage and mounts directly between the frame and swingarm. Front and rear suspension travel increases by 1.2 inches.

The riding position has been updated as well. A new tapered handlebar offers improved control while providing an off-road appearance.
The riding position has been updated as well. A new tapered handlebar offers improved control while providing an off-road appearance. (Suzuki/)

The Rally rolls on stronger DID Dirt Star spoked wheels in standard fitment (21-inch front and 18-inch rear) with Metzeler semi-knobby tubeless tires. A 1.2-inch taller seat and wider footpegs were fitted to make the motorcycle easier to control in the rough stuff.

The new height-adjustable windscreen was developed in a wind tunnel to make sure it reduces wind noise and buffeting to the rider. It can be adjusted, by hand, to 11 different positions. The base model 1050 is shown here.
The new height-adjustable windscreen was developed in a wind tunnel to make sure it reduces wind noise and buffeting to the rider. It can be adjusted, by hand, to 11 different positions. The base model 1050 is shown here. (Suzuki/)

Although the 799cc parallel twin engine is unchanged it breathes from a less restrictive off-road specific air filter from the KTM PowerParts catalog. Spent gasses flow through a lighter Akrapovic titanium muffler.

This version of the V-twin features exhaust and intake camshafts that are changed so that valve lift is increased and as a result, the valve-timing has less overlap. This increases engine power while reducing fuel consumption.
This version of the V-twin features exhaust and intake camshafts that are changed so that valve lift is increased and as a result, the valve-timing has less overlap. This increases engine power while reducing fuel consumption. (Suzuki/)

Visually, the Rally-spec 790 uses a special orange/white/navy blue color scheme that pays tribute to KTM’s Factory Rally Racing team. The underslung 5.3-gallon fuel cell also wears carbon fiber guards.

The V-Strom 1050 XT instrument panel displays information on cruise control, Hill Hold System, Slope Dependent Control System, Load Dependent System, and the Motion Track Anti-lock and Combination Brake System sensitivity.
The V-Strom 1050 XT instrument panel displays information on cruise control, Hill Hold System, Slope Dependent Control System, Load Dependent System, and the Motion Track Anti-lock and Combination Brake System sensitivity. (Suzuki/)

No word on when the Rally is expected to arrive at US dealers, but if you want one in the garage, it would be wise to hurry to the local KTM dealer.

The two-piece seat provides improved comfort for the rider and passenger. The rider’s section is height-adjustable by 20mm.
The two-piece seat provides improved comfort for the rider and passenger. The rider’s section is height-adjustable by 20mm. (Suzuki/)The charging system uses a durable, three-phase stator with an open-style regulator/rectifier that reduces mechanical drag and heat while producing higher output at lower engine speeds.
The charging system uses a durable, three-phase stator with an open-style regulator/rectifier that reduces mechanical drag and heat while producing higher output at lower engine speeds. (Suzuki/)Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tires are fitted to D.I.D. spoke-wheels with aluminum, tubeless-style wheel rims.
Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tires are fitted to D.I.D. spoke-wheels with aluminum, tubeless-style wheel rims. (Suzuki/)Tokico Monoblock, four-piston calipers and 310mm floating-mount dual discs provide impressive stopping power. They work with the Motion Track Anti-lock and Combination Brake System for enhanced stopping performance.
Tokico Monoblock, four-piston calipers and 310mm floating-mount dual discs provide impressive stopping power. They work with the Motion Track Anti-lock and Combination Brake System for enhanced stopping performance. (Suzuki/)There are plenty of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for the new 1050XT including luggage, heated grips, along with high- and low-profile seats, auxiliary lights.
There are plenty of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for the new 1050XT including luggage, heated grips, along with high- and low-profile seats, auxiliary lights. (Suzuki/)The 2020 V-Strom 1050XT uses lightweight, low-draw LED turn signals and lights that are brighter than the previous model.
The 2020 V-Strom 1050XT uses lightweight, low-draw LED turn signals and lights that are brighter than the previous model. (Suzuki/)The 2020 V-Strom 1050 fuel tank provides a 5.3-gallon capacity. Despite the size, the actual cover have been designed to offer a slim tank-to-seat point that enhances rider comfort.
The 2020 V-Strom 1050 fuel tank provides a 5.3-gallon capacity. Despite the size, the actual cover have been designed to offer a slim tank-to-seat point that enhances rider comfort. (Suzuki/)Hill Hold Assist: When stopping upward on a hill and applying the brakes, this system automatically operates the rear brake for around 30 seconds to prevent the motorcycle from rolling back down the hill even if the rider releases the brake lever or pedal. This allows the rider to focus on a smoother takeoff when on the hill side.
Hill Hold Assist: When stopping upward on a hill and applying the brakes, this system automatically operates the rear brake for around 30 seconds to prevent the motorcycle from rolling back down the hill even if the rider releases the brake lever or pedal. This allows the rider to focus on a smoother takeoff when on the hill side. (Suzuki/)The 43mm KYB inverted front fork are adjustable for spring preload plus compression and rebound-damping.
The 43mm KYB inverted front fork are adjustable for spring preload plus compression and rebound-damping. (Suzuki/)

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Specifications
PRICE | TBD
ENGINE | 1,037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin
BORE x STROKE | 100.0mm x 66.0mm
COMPRESSION RATIO | 11.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY | Fuel injection, Ride-by-Wire equipped
CLUTCH | Wet multi-plate; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE | 6-speed/chain
FRAME | Twin-spar aluminum
FRONT SUSPENSION | 43mm KYB Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped; 6.3-in. travel || REAR SUSPENSION | Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped; 6.3-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE | Tokico, 310mm dual discs w/4-piston calipers
REAR BRAKE | Nissin, 2-piston, single disc
WHEELS | D.I.D. spoke-style wheels with aluminum, tubeless-style wheel rims
TIRES | Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41; 110/80R19 front, 150/70R17 rear
RAKE/TRAIL | 23.1°/3.7 in.
WHEELBASE | 61.2 in.
SEAT HEIGHT | 33.5 in.
FUEL CAPACITY | 5.3 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT | 544 lb. (520 lbs for base model 1050
Warranty: 12-Month Limited Warranty
AVAILABLE | TBD

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