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ADV NewsIt’s Back! A Reworked 790 Adventure Returns To KTM’s Lineup For 2023

It’s Back! A Reworked 790 Adventure Returns To KTM’s Lineup For 2023

KTM calls the updated machine “an entry point into the world of adventure.”

Published on 12.01.2022

Call it the “second coming” of the KTM 790 Adventure. With the launch of the platform in 2019, the Austrian manufacturer raised the bar for performance adventure bikes in the midweight segment until being discontinued a couple of years later. Now, not long after news of an updated 890 Adventure made headlines, KTM has announced they are bringing back a reworked KTM 790 Adventure to their lineup for 2023.  

According to KTM, the new 790 Adventure was re-designed in Austria but the actual production run will be carried out in China by their long-time partner CFMoto under the highest standards. In fact, the Austrian manufacturer states that “the process will be supervised by KTM staff on the ground at CFMoto’s first-class facilities.”

For its comeback the 790 Adventure receives bodywork changes similar to those of the 2023 890 Adventure, including 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 tougher and bolstered for the addition of mounts and other GPS devices if necessary. 

2023 KTM 790 Adventure returns
2023 KTM 790 Adventure returns


Although the 2023 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. Reworked throttle bodies bring a cleaner and more efficient connection due to the enhanced combustion, and the ‘knock control’ sensor 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. 

The bike also delivers a smoother ride thanks to a 20% increase in crankshaft weight; an alteration that KTM says hasn’t compromised the agility of the motorcycle. A reconfigured optional Quickshifter+ enables faster shifting; all of which can be heard through the very latest exhaust system with a 2023 catalytic converter and pre-muffler. The 15,000 km service intervals remain unchanged.

2023 KTM 790 Adventure returns
2023 KTM 790 Adventure returns

KTM has also reworked the Power Assist Slipper Clutch with new friction plates and the engine breathes freer with a new airbox. The 2023 790 Adventure also 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 suspension for the new 790 has also been revised with optimized settings. Upfront, the bike is equipped with a 2023 spec 43 mm WP APEX Suspension 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, guarantees a robust and stiff constitution for pillion and load-carrying as well as clever positioning of the rear shock for a low seat height of 33 inches (840 mm).

2023 KTM 790 Adventure returns

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. 

Other updates include a new larger, higher screen that provides more wind protection, full LED lights, a reworked 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 ten’ calls and contacts and adjusting the parameters of turn-by-turn guidance on the go.

In terms of rider aids, the new 790 receives similar updates to its larger sibling: the KTM 890 Adventure. 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.

The 2023 KTM 790 Adventure comes in two colorways and is expected to begin shipping during the month of April 2023. Although KTM North America has not formally announced the bike, the site is showing a new entry for the 790 Adventure. No pricing has been revealed yet but we’ll keep you posted once there is official word.

UPDATE: KTM North America has let us know that the bike is not coming to the US even though it is showing on their website.

2023 KTM 790 Adventure returns

2023 KTM 790 Adventure Specs

TORQUE:65 ft-lbs
COOLING:Liquid cooled
STARTER:Electric starter
STROKE:65.7 mm
BORE:88 mm
CLUTCH:PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
EMS:Bosch EMS with RBW
DESIGN:2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin
LUBRICATION:Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
ABS:Bosch 9.3 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and off-road mode, disengageable)
FRONT BRAKE:2x radially mounted 4 piston caliper
REAR BRAKE:2 piston floating caliper
CHAIN:520 X-Ring
FRAME DESIGN:Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
SEAT HEIGHT:840 mm / 860 mm
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT):7.9 inches (200 mm)
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR):7.9 inches (200 mm)

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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25 thoughts on “It’s Back! A Reworked 790 Adventure Returns To KTM’s Lineup For 2023

  1. Zero point to this 790 unless it is a significant savings over the 890. Pricing information needs to happen quickly. They would be stupid to have two identical bikes, one 100cc’s smaller for close to the same price.

  2. Why does KTM have a 790 and a 890? It doesn’t seem to make sense since the bikes seem to be similar in capability and accessories. So what is the point?

  3. The only thing that interests me about the 2023 is the new body work and wind shield that I would like to retro fit to my 2020 if it is possible.

  4. You need to see this bike from a European point of view: for the beginner`s A2 license class, the bike may have max 35kW (and max 0.2kW per kg) after a reduction of the full power by 50% – and look again at the technical data!

    • Yes. The 790 can be used , at 35kw, for new riders on the A2 new rider license; and ktm couldn’t do this with the 890. So I guess the 790 allows ktm to cover a much broader market place. This is to deal with European driving license rules.

  5. Not on the Canadian website either. Makes you wonder if CF Moto is good enough to build the KTM maybe I should save thousands and just buy the CF 650 ADVENTURA. Naw, I’ll just buy a good used BMW F800GS made in Germany with a ROTAX engine.

  6. Nice bike. But, I could hardly ride a new bike with less than 125hp/liter. And, no mention of GVW, so it’s probably like all the other new influencer bikes…way over weight. Let’s not even mention $$$$. How many farckles can you load onto this…bike.


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