KTM 990 Adventure

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02. KTM 990 Adventure (2003+)

Best in class? It’s a close call. The BMW’s the comfier, easier option and the KTM’s more hard edged. There’s no denying it’s a superb bike and a genuine round the world machine, not a dressed up imitation or parts bin lash up. Throttle response varies from machine to machine and some riders find some bikes too instant. There are mods to improve it but they don’t always work. Early models blew the head gasket on cylinder one, but that was fixed. S-models longer travel suspension and fancy paint, R models more performance and no ABS. 950cc had carbs, 999cc not injection until 2006.

Engine: 999cc, 8-valve, injected, v-twin Power: 98bhp Torque: 70 lb/ft Weight: 199kg Top speed: 140mph

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