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ADV NewsNew Rally Kit for the KTM 790 Adventure is Coming

New Rally Kit for the KTM 790 Adventure is Coming

 A new kit from Rebel X Sports gives KTM 790 Adventure a Rally makeover.

Published on 06.21.2019
Rebel X Sports will soon launch a new plug-and-play 790 Adventure Rally Kit – a way to turn your 790 into a blend of KTM’s newest adventure bike and their 450 Rally Replica.

Taking cues from the Dakar-winning factory bikes, the kit is designed to improve aerodynamics, and clean up the look of the bike’s front end for those out there who would like to give their 790 a facelift. In addition, it gives you everything you need to mount a GPS and tablet upfront, or a rally-ready roadbook and navigation aids in preparation for entering, say, the Africa Eco Race. (Dakar still has that pesky 450cc limit, so your 790 is out.)

KTM 790 Adventure Rally Kit by Rebel X Sports

KTM 450 Rally clear windscreen


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The kit’s most obvious features are the clear, rally-style fairing and the beefy nav tower behind it. Details are still being worked out, but Rebel X said the kit will include all the basic components found on its Husqvarna 701 Rally Kit, including the nav tower itself that installs without welding or cutting, wiring harness with street-legal LED lights, injection-molded fairing, GPS adapter, fuse box, USB charging ports, antenna brackets, roadbook-holder bracket, etc. Pricing for the base kit should come in around €2,490 euros, or about $2,800 USD.

Navigation tower for a tablet or rally roadbook

KTM 790 Adventure Rally Kit by Rebel X Sports

Before you get too excited, we should mention that the KTM 790 Adventure Rally Kit is still in development. “We will be ready with the final production during the summer,” Rebel X told us. “Currently we are testing it in a series of events and rallies and we will release it only once we are 100 percent satisfied with the quality, and the same production kit will be used for Africa Race 2020.”

Italian rally racers Team Kapriony are campaigning a rally-kit equipped 790 R dubbed “Frusta 7.9,” or “Whip 7.9,” to make sure the components are up to the task. That bike sports a “stage two” rally kit. Details are sketchy, but judging by a video on the team’s Facebook page, the Frusta 7.9 seems to include an aftermarket exhaust (that sounds amazing), wider footpegs, different graphics, a bash plate that carries water and a new seat cover. No word on when those components would be added to the kit.

FRUSTA 7.9 IS READY 💣

606 Likes, 16 Comments – TEAM KAPRIONY (@teamkapriony) on Instagram: “FRUSTA 7.9 IS READY 💣”

WATCH: Walkthrough and sound sample of the KTM 790 rally kit equipped “Frusta 7.9” bike. The bike is currently being used for testing the kit components.

Rebel X did say they will develop a rear fuel tank for the bike in order to compete in the Africa Eco Race, but it may be a one-off and not put into production. The 790 Adventure has 5.3 gallons of fuel capacity stock, so carrying extra is probably not an aftermarket priority.

KTM 790 Adventure Rally Kit by Rebel X Sports

Rebel X Sports is a multinational aftermarket manufacturer with headquarters in Romania and facilities in Italy and Dubai. The company was founded in 2013 when Yamaha Italy commissioned them to create a rally version of the WR450F. They use advanced tech like 3D scanning and printing to create prototypes, which are extensively tested before going into production. “The first testing step is fast gravel roads and good amount of kilometers,” Rebel X said. “Once we see the products have a good stability we move to the motocross track to test vibrations and impacts from jumps. We then perform speed tests where we reach the bike maximum speed on a gravel road to check the stability of the bike and the airflow. Lastly, we make the production parts take part in one or more real rally races as the final test.”

They ship worldwide, so this kit will be available in the US. For more information go to rebelxsports.com

Author: Bob Whitby

Bob has been riding motorcycles since age 19 and working as a journalist since he was 24, which was a long time ago, let’s put it that way. He quit for the better part of a decade to raise a family, then rediscovered adventure, dual sport and enduro riding in the early 2000s. He lives in Arkansas, America’s best-kept secret when it comes to riding destinations, and travels far and wide in search of dirt roads and trails.

Author: Bob Whitby
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  1. Wow – this rebel-x kitted 790 looks “proper” and respectful of the Dakar legend – very close to the way i dreamed KTM would design their 790 Adv in the first place…. before peeps @ KISKA ruined the 790 with their trademark horrible ultra-insect mantis face. Hats off to these guys at Rebel – the 790 finally has the “look” – For us here in Australia carrying water is not a race thing. All Adv bikes should carry water off the show room floor.