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ADV BikesReworked KTM 790 Adventure Coming To America For 2024

Reworked KTM 790 Adventure Coming To America For 2024

The midweight ADV returns with reworked suspension, electronics & bodywork.

Published on 11.22.2023

Call it the “second coming.” With the launch of the 790 Adventure platform in 2018, the Austrian manufacturer set the standard for performance adventure bikes in the midweight segment until being discontinued a couple of years later. Now, a year after a reworked 790 hit dealer floors overseas, KTM is finally bringing the reinvigorated model to America.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure comes to America

For its comeback, the 790 receives bodywork changes similar to those of the 890 Adventure. Updates include a new front mask between the head of the bike and the fuel tank, which gives way to an integrated fairing. The section not only offers better protection from the elements but it is bolstered by forged aluminum brackets that provide improved stiffness to the front mask, windshield, and instrument tower.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure comes to America

Although the 2024 KTM 790 Adventure still pumps out 95 hp and 65 ft-lbs of torque, the 790cc parallel-twin has been improved to meet EURO5 standards. KTM says the bike now delivers a smoother ride thanks to a 20% increase in crankshaft weight, plus reworked throttle bodies offer better combustion and fuel efficiency. An additional knock control system affords a higher state of ignition and better capacity for low octane fuel; a reassuring characteristic for the different qualities of gasoline found while traveling. 

2024 KTM 790 Adventure comes to America

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A reconfigured optional Quickshifter+ enables faster shifting; which can be heard through the latest exhaust system with 2024 catalytic converter and pre-muffler. The 9,300 mi (15,000 km) service intervals remain unchanged.

 The suspension for the next-gen 790 has also been revised with optimized settings. Upfront, the bike is equipped with a 43 mm WP APEX fork offering 7.9 inches (200 mm) of travel with the same allotment for the shock, which has preload adjustability. The construction of the CroMo frame, in which the engine is used as a stressed member, offers a robust platform for pillion and load-carrying, as well as clever positioning of the rear shock for a low seat height of 33 inches (840 mm). 

KTM has also reworked the Power Assist Slipper Clutch with new friction plates and the engine breathes freer with a new airbox. Additionally, the 2024 790 Adventure receives the latest 6D sensor, otherwise known as the Inertia Management Unit, that can be found on larger KTM siblings like the KTM 890 Adventure and KTM 1290 Super Adventure models. This sophisticated device informs the Cornering Motorcycle Traction Control and other aspects such as ABS, Motor Slip Regulation and the administration of Ride Modes. 

The KTM 790 Adventure holds very similar electronic features as its larger sibling: the KTM 890 Adventure R. ABS programs now automatically switch between the Ride Modes, removing the need for more configuration. The new bike also comes with the ‘DEMO’ function which allows owners to try out the full slew of optional riding extras for the first 1,500 km before deciding which settings they’d like to purchase and keep.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure comes to America

The bike is equipped with a 5.3-gallon (20-liter) fuel tank and a 2-piece saddle (which can be swapped and augmented through KTM’s PowerParts assortment for single or heated units. A new larger, higher screen provides more wind protection plus the dashboard view is brighter and better with the 5” TFT reacting to ambient lighting and utilizing a redesigned menu system of new infographics for faster and easier customization. Syncing the KTMconnect App will now lead to even more beneficial navigational and travel options, such as profiling the ‘top 10’ calls and contacts and adjusting the parameters of turn-by-turn guidance on the go.

For extra defense against hits and dents, the front of the bike is equipped with a light aluminum engine protector fitted as standard. The plastics (injected molded with graphics for more resistance) have also been reshaped to guard the tank and seat against unwanted knocks.The bike also comes with more off-road oriented Pirelli Scorpion STR tires. 

2024 KTM 790 Adventure comes to America

2024 KTM 790 ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • New, KTM 450 RALLY inspired bodywork and windscreen offer improved aerodynamics and weather protection.
  • New colors and graphics across two colorways.
  • Updated parallel-twin, 799 cc DOHC engine with 20% increase rotating mass, dual balancer shafts, PASC slipper clutch, and Dell’Orto throttle bodies with integrated knock sensor for handling varying fuel quality while off the beaten path.
  • New 5” multifunctional TFT display with USB connector, reworked intuitive graphics, and new Turn-by-Turn + navigation (app needed).
  • WP APEX 43 mm front forks paired with a WP APEX rear shock with adjustable preload for all-day riding comfort.
  • Spoked 21” front and 18” rear wheels with anodized hubs and PIRELLI SCORPION STR tires.
  • New, larger aluminum engine guard mounted to the low-slung 20-liter / 5.3-gallon fuel tank.
  • Updated ABS system with 9.3 MP modulator links Offroad ABS Mode to Offroad ride mode.
  • Rider aids include Street, Offroad, Rain and optional Rally ride modes and Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC). Optional features include Motor Slip Regulation (MSR), KTMconnect to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, Quickshifter+ for clutchless up and down shifts, heated grips, heated seat and cruise control. 
  • New Demo Mode allows sampling of the full electronic rider aids suite for the first 1,500 km.
  • LED headlight, brake light, and turn indicators.     
2024 KTM 790 Adventure comes to America

As far as availability, KTM says the 2024 KTM 790 ADVENTURE will arrive at authorized KTM dealerships just in time to ring in the new year. MSRP for the US market is $10,990 — a $4,809 savings over its 890 Adventure R sibling.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure Specs

Engine:Parallel Twin, DOHC, 4-Stroke
TRANSMISSION:6-speed
COOLING:Liquid cooled
POWER:95 HP (70 kW)
TORQUE:65 ft-lbs
STARTER:Electric starter
STROKE:65.7 mm
BORE:88 mm
CLUTCH:PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
DISPLACEMENT:799 cc
EMS:Bosch EMS with RBW
DESIGN:2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin
FUEL CONSUMPTION:56 mpg (4.2 l/100 km)
LUBRICATION:Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.):5.3 gallons (20 l)
ABS:Bosch 9.3 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and off-road mode, disengageable)
FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER:320 mm
REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER:260 mm
FRONT BRAKE:2x radially mounted 4 piston caliper
REAR BRAKE:2 piston floating caliper
CHAIN:520 X-Ring
DRY WEIGHT:439 lbs (199 kg)
FRAME DESIGN:Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
FRONT SUSPENSION:WP APEX 43
GROUND CLEARANCE:9.2 inches (233 mm)
REAR SUSPENSION:WP APEX – Monoshock
SEAT HEIGHT:33.1″ / 33.9″ (840 mm / 860 mm)
STEERING HEAD ANGLE:64.1 °
Wheelbase:59.4 inches
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT):7.9 inches (200 mm)
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR):7.9 inches (200 mm)
Pricing (MSRP):$10,990 USD

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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So
So
November 22, 2023 6:24 pm

Will it leak coolant and start on one Cylinder like the 890 too?

Alex Bub
Alex Bub
November 22, 2023 6:27 pm

Very nice, but …………… I still want the 490 twin at a below 400 lb weight. Reduce the body work, take off some of the unnecessary features, keep great suspension, do lighter soft bags for crash survival. Make it a bit more dirt worthy but keep it comfortable for true ADV touring and adventures.

Marty Ridgeway
Marty Ridgeway
December 1, 2023 5:26 am
Reply to  Alex Bub

I can’t wait to see your Unicorn.

david
david
December 6, 2023 10:16 am
Reply to  Alex Bub

X10!!!!

Cory Luck
Cory Luck
November 24, 2023 12:25 am

But why?

Bob
Bob
November 24, 2023 11:21 am

If KTM has not solved the problems with fast cam wearing out, well I don’t think they will sell many. Problems with KTM honoring their warranty continue. I’m out.

Dan
Dan
January 10, 2024 3:38 pm
Reply to  Bob

Run it with zddp additive to address the cam issues. That’s what I’m doing after my cam went out and was covered by warranty. This type of cam needs the zddp and it is noticably smoother running. Do your own research but that’s what I found and I’m an aircraft mechanic.

So
So
November 24, 2023 5:21 pm

Horrible dealer network that does not care one bit about customer service, Nothing but problems with the 890! Yah Im shopping for an AT.

Paul Tannahill
Paul Tannahill
November 27, 2023 8:38 am
Reply to  So

The Africa Twin is a long way from a KTM 790/890. Test ride an Aprilia Tuareg 660, as well.

Joe John
Joe John
November 27, 2023 11:12 am

I wish KTM would make another super enduro for the modern age. That thing was bad arse.

Marty Ridgeway
Marty Ridgeway
December 1, 2023 5:26 am
Reply to  Joe John

And no one bought them.

Buster
Buster
November 28, 2023 5:03 am

Why is ktm dealership mechanics always crying ?

Jeff Kotowski
Jeff Kotowski
December 6, 2023 10:34 am

Let’s spec wet weight – gas ! This allows a good comparison and doesn’t penalize for putting in a large gas tank or give false weight numbers!

Cosmo
Cosmo
December 10, 2023 4:59 am

Warrantee issues with all the latest CFMoto (Chinese) built “Austrian” twins.

Michael W
Michael W
February 16, 2024 8:51 pm
Reply to  Cosmo

Sources?

Michael W
Michael W
February 16, 2024 8:50 pm

I believe the pictures are from the PR, but at least one is incorrect. One shoes what I think is a the PP ScottOiler (it’s a guess), but also a HPA for the rear shock. That is wrong. The rear shock does not have an easy knob to address preload.

Haven’t taken mine off pavement yet, still green, but looking forward to working the stock suspension out (non adjustable front, preload only in the rear). So far better on road than a T7 with unrated springs and preload spacers.

Michael W
Michael W
February 16, 2024 8:53 pm

It appears the 890 “S” is out and replaced by the 790 Adventure. Local dealer and online shows 890 as R and R Rally. I took the gambit with the 790 because it still has a long warranty (non “r”), and I commute three days a week via moto.

Cosmic
Cosmic
March 17, 2024 8:04 pm

Yes, the Chinese company CFMoto makes all KTM twin engines AND Polaris Side-X-Side engines as well. Recall the rumored 490 KTM twin Adv bike…it’s now a CFMoto offering.

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