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2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally Preview

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KTM shows off a long-travel suspension-equipped 790 Adventure R Rally edition at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show.
KTM shows off a long-travel suspension-equipped 790 Adventure R Rally edition at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show. (KTM/)

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…

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 R-spec Rally edition benefits from higher-spec suspension and wheels. It also wears special graphics and carbon fiber fuel tank protection. A taller seat and wider footpegs were also fitted for elevated control when riding in rough terrain.
The R-spec Rally edition benefits from higher-spec suspension and wheels. It also wears special graphics and carbon fiber fuel tank protection. A taller seat and wider footpegs were also fitted for elevated control when riding in rough terrain. (KTM/)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Performance-wise, the Rally-spec 790 Adventure R breathes through a less-restrictive air filter and lighter Akrapovic titanium muffler.
Performance-wise, the Rally-spec 790 Adventure R breathes through a less-restrictive air filter and lighter Akrapovic titanium muffler. (KTM/)

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally Price And Specifications

PRICE $19,499
ENGINE 799cc liquid-cooled parallel twin; DOHC; 16-valve
BORE x STROKE 88mm x 65.7mm
COMPRESSION RATIO TBD
FUEL DELIVERY Bosch EMS with Ride-By-Wire
CLUTCH Wet PASC (Power Assisted Slipper Clutch); cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME CroMoly Tubular Steel
FRONT SUSPENSION 48mm WP XPLOR PRO, three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression, and rebound damping; 10.6-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION WP XPLOR PRO 6746 Monoshock with PDS, three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 10.6-in. travel
FRONT BRAKES 320mm discs w/ radial-mount four-piston calipers
REAR BRAKE 260mm disc w/ twin-piston caliper
WHEELS Spoked aluminum; 21 x 2.5-in. front, 18 x 4.5-in. rear
TIRES TBD; 90/90-21 front, 150/70-18 rear
RAKE/TRAIL 26.2°/TBD in.
WHEELBASE 60.4 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 35.8 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 5.3 gal.
CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT 417 lb.
WARRANTY TBD
AVAILABLE TBD

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