Niall's Spin: KTM 950 Adventure (2003-04)

Niall spins his review on the KTM 950 Adventure, an exotic dirt bike that makes an excellent touring machine

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Made by the house of Austrian madmen otherwise known as KTM and using top-spec components, the 950 Adventure is incredibly capable of covering vast distances.

With a fuel tank that holds a genuine 24 litres, a deeply comfortable ride position, effective fairing and killer handling, it makes a first class road bike capable of demolishing anything in its path. The brakes are a bit feeble, but allied with the wide bars and commanding riding position the 950 murders twisty roads.

Get the optional (late model) gel seat and it's a very able continent basher, too. The V-twin engine is compact and makes class-leading power, but neglect valve services at your peril. Much better than BMW's R1200GS.

Variant: 'S' model features longer suspension and special paint
Walk away: If the head-gasket hasn't been replaced as the original ones leaked
Also consider: 2001 BMW R1150GS, 2005 Ducati Multistrada

KTM Adventure 950 Specifications

Engine 942cc, liquid cooled v-twin
97bhp @ 8,000rpm
40ft/lbs @ 5,500rpm
Compression ratio
Bore x stroke
100 x 60mm
Front suspension
48mm WP USD forks
Rear suspension
WP shock with hydraulic spring preload
Front brakes
2x 300mm discs
Rear brake
240mm disc
Dry weight
Seat height
Fuel capacity
22 litres
Orange, Silver