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KTM 990 Adventure

Posted by on October 11, 2012
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Bob Ward

Fiction author with a zest for adventure travel. Blogs, tweets, videos, and pins for research and fun. He also hosts Ward's Adventure Travel Research & Trip Journal, a weekly podcast available on EFN, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and more.

The KTM 990 Adventure is vastly superior (off-road) to the GS, Tenere, Tiger Explorer, etc. Same problem with limited dealership network as BMW, although by my count 3 times better than BMW. I have always had a fondness for the KTM, and so I wanted to compare the weight to the XR650L and the DR-Z400S. Understanding they are 3 completely different classes of bike, I still wanted to lay out the specs side by side, especially the weights, just to know for certain how much heavier the KTM really is, and to convince myself I might be able to man-handle it through the mud. 

990 Adventure: To the end of the world

2013 Model Year KTM 990 Adv Honda XR650L Suzuki DR-Z400S
Design Twin Single Single
Weight 461.9 lbs (dry) 346 lbs 317 lbs
Seat Height 34.65 in 37.0 in 36.8 in
Clearance 10.28 in 13.0 in 11.8 in
Fuel 5.3 gal 2.8 gal 2.6 gal
Wheelbase 61.81 in 57.3 in 58.5 in
MPG 40 (est) 52 65


Here are three interesting videos:

Extreme adventure test: Part one

Extreme adventure test – part two

KTM 990 Adventure goes off-road!

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