cooling, four stroke, 75°V-twin cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke
101 x 62.4mm
Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection EMS
- / electric
Wet Multi-disc hydraulically operated,
113.3 hp 84.5 KW @ 8750 rpm
100 Nm @ 6500 rpm
6 Speed / chain
Tubular cromoly spaced frame. powered coated
48mm WP USD forks 255mm wheel travel.
WP-PDS rear shock, hydraulic spring preload.
265mm wheel travel.
2x 300mm discs 2 piston calipers
Single 240mm disc 1 piston caliper
207 kg / 456.34 lbs
19.5 Litres / 5.8 gal
What better way for a bike maker renowed for the way
it builds its endurance machines than to honor the riders (and drivers) which
take part in what once was the world's most challenging rally? Enter the 990
Adventure Dakar, a slightly re-engineered bike made up from the Adventure and
Adventure R versions.
“The Dakar will always remain the Dakar - even if it takes place in South
America,” says KTM. Truth be told, the bike manufacturer has won its share of
titles. Most of them thanks to the riders and the engine used on the Dakar KTM
The unit fitted onto the 990 Adventure Dakar is a 999cc V-75 Twin engine, which
develops 115 bhp the same engine as the one used on the Adventure R. The
powerplant is linked to a 6 speed transmission controlled with the help of a
hydraulically operated, wet multi-disc clutch.
The brakes of the bike are being controlled with the help of a Bosch ABS, while
Adventure-based suspensions with 210 mm of travel insure a smooth ride read as
smooth as possible, given the fact that the bike has been built as a Dakar rally
They say: “To the end of the world.”
We say: “And the ends of the earth!”
KTM 990 Adventure Dakar Edition Jpg
A foldaway knob below the seat makes dialing-in spring preload on the
linkageless WP-PDS s
KTM has taken a narrow view of broadband adventure travel—just what you’d expect
from a factory with 11 Dakar Rally wins. This 75-degree LC8 V-twin is more
civilized than the one that earned win number two a decade ago under the late
Fabrizio Meoni, or the original 2003 950 Adventure. It’s not particularly kind
or gentle, but that’s a good thing since a lot of this third rock from the sun
After bumping that first 942cc motor to 999cc in ’06, KTM coined this one in ’09
to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Thierry Sabine’s inaugural North African
epic: a fusion of the standard Adventure and the more off-road oriented
Adventure R. Its velour-upholstered seat is a bit closer to ground level, and
orange powder-coated crash bars really do protect the bodywork from harm. It’s
narrow in all the right places, and most of its 527 lbs.—42 fewer than a BMW
R1200GS—are strategically situated to make the Dakar feel at least 50 lbs.
lighter than it is.
A thumb on the starter button cues enough bark from those underseat mufflers to
keep things interesting. Easing onto the freeway, the skinny seat and matching
windscreen define roomy-but-austere accommodations. Split between its two tanks,
5.3 gallons of unleaded could take you 240 miles non-stop.
Despite its incongruous appearance, the 990’s light steering, unflappable
chassis and acres of cornering clearance let it make short work of twisty
detours. Standard Pirelli universals squirm under heavy cornering loads, but
still stick better than most. Brakes have plenty of feel and sufficient power
for the street without delivering too much in the dirt. Bosch/Brembo ABS steps
in when you need it, and can be switched off when you don’t.
The LC8 loves to spin. It lays down about 95 rear-wheel Lipizzaners at 8750 rpm
via an excellent six-speed tranny and a tough, communicative clutch. Other big
Adventures are as good or better elsewhere, but add a suitable set of knobbies
and this one makes them all disappear once the pavement does. Rapid progress
requires a disciplined throttle hand. The superb WP fork and shock swallow
things that would swallow less capably suspended machines whole. Given the right
signals through bars and pegs, the long, tall chassis is at least as accurate
off-road as on. Beyond that, everything works and nothing gets in your way. So?
If the question is what’s the best ride for conducting serious business in
obscure corners of Planet Earth’s 57.5 million square miles of terra firma, the
answer starts with KTM. MC
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