For 2017, the KTM ADVENTURE 1050 becomes 1090. And if its surname could announce a gain in displacement, it is not and it is still the 1050cc V-twin which is grafted into the little adventurer. But beware, the engine manufacturers have largely done their part of the job and the power has jumped by almost 30 horses. !
For the rest, the Adventure 1090 2017 remains identical to the previous version and only the different mirrors and plastics advertised of better quality will visually betray this new vintage.
Much more playful than before, this 1090 also precipitates the end of the career of the 1190 which disappears in 2017. Quite simply too close. She, who was the youngest of the family, therefore becomes runner-up in the 1290 Super Adventure. Let’s get on well: in terms of equipment, the 1090 and its big sisters do not play at all in the same register. But when you chat with a twin that exceeds the liter of displacement, you are immediately regarded with a certain respect..
You will understand, this Adventure is less supplied in cubage and therefore in watts. The engine is still the LC8 block derived from the sporty RC8-R and and shares the same technology as the 1190 light: dual ignition, forged pistons, DLC coating, anti-dribble clutch, 15,000 km service interval.
Less power, less equipment, but we are far, very far from a low-cost machine. The 1090 has managed to keep most of the Adventure, with a lot of parts in its purse to allow the pilot to go trudge where good Katoche sings to him. First, we get comfortable: the footrests and the handlebars can be adjusted to 10 mm, the screen is adjustable to 25 mm, and we take the time to go to the conveniences because the 23 liters of the reservoir allow to see beautiful stages. We have just seen the ergonomics, let’s move on to the chassis. True to KTM, a tubular chrome-molybdenum trellis frame weighing less than 10 kilos, Brembo brakes with 4-piston radial calipers and 320mm track at the front, a 268mm disc at the rear, 19 and 17 inch rims, a very reasonable dry weight of 212 kilos and a typical Mattighofen grooved swingarm. By abandoning the spoked rims, the 1090 skips the pure offroad but does not prohibit a few excursions in the forest and the like. For this you will have to look at the side of the 1090 Adventure R. The WP suspensions with 185 mm of travel at the front and 190 at the rear put the Adventure high on its legs and more comfortable to cross some benign asperities or malicious. On a daily basis as on weekends, the Adventure, like all maxi-trails, will spend most of its time on the road. The standard equipment, although somewhat reduced compared to the big sisters, is still generous, even more than sufficient for the use of this motorcycle..
The other big difference between the 1090 and the 1290 is the ease of handling. Less impressive, less high, less ‘monster of power’, this Adventure puts everything at ease. Its more accessible saddle height avoids being ‘wobbly’ at red lights or during small maneuvers. Above all, we feel that we are going to lead the driving without thinking, in a relaxed manner, while the 1290 makes you understand that you have to have a bit of a job at hand. The twin is torquey, available at will and impeccably meets the specifications. The right one, the right measurement of watts.
An Adventure needs asphalt and dust, but it contains as much electronics as a sports car. The 1090 takes most of it. Bosch supplies the ABS, which can be disengaged, in its 9M + version; here, the mode "All Terrain" is optional, and the MSC stability system is not integrated. Traction control is there too, with 3 modes (sport, road, or rain) and an off position. As with ABS, a mode "offroad" is in the range of options. The different injection maps will allow the rider to adjust the bike to his mood. We also find the same dashboard, complete and perfectly intuitive.
The 1050 allowed the Adventure to rediscover the essence of its first models and to keep the trekking taste of its big sister for a less salty addition. With 30 more horses, the 1090 reveals a face more in keeping with the fiery KTM … and without a price increase which will always be set at € 12,990.
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1050 Adventure 2016
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about 200 km / h
The technical aspect
KTM 1090 Adventure 2017
- Tank: 23 liters
- Wheelbase: 1,560 mm
- Dry weight: 205 kg
- Weight in running order: 228 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(103 x 63 mm)
at 8,500 rpm
at 6500 rpm