KTM 790 Adventure

KTM 790 Adventure modifications

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Tuesday, Aug 27 2019 [18 miles]

The SMBC ride to Gardnerville with a night of camping off of Highway 4 was eye opening. I thought I’d be uncomfortable on my DR 650. Nope. What bothered me was running out of OOMPH trying to pass on an uphill at elevation. The camping gear probably didn’t help. I guess I want more than a DR650 can give me even though the bike gives me a lot.

KTM 790 Adventure

KTM 790 Adventure

KTM 790 Adventure

I rode my mostly de-farkled GS to the dealer and got enough of a trade in to make riding home on a new bike a reality. Enter this, a KTM 790 Adventure, standard model (not the R) in white. It matches my helmet. It is also the only color they had in stock.

The new bike adventure began quickly. I left the dealer at about 4 PM. I drove home, then left my house a little after 6 PM for pizza with friends in the south bay. And to show off my new bike. I left the south bay a little after 9 PM and ALMOST made it home. About 3 miles from my house the bike starts sputting and losing power. Feels like it is out of fuel, but the fuel gauge says I’ve more than 1/2 a tank and at least 110 miles left. I coasted to the side of I280 when the engine died. The odometer read a little over 100 miles. It read 18 when I picked up the bike.

Getting the bike home

Getting the bike home

Getting the bike home

I called my wife to say I’d be late. I called for a tow – expensive! The next morning I called the dealer. That afternoon they came over with a trailer and picked up the bike. As long as the dealer had the bike I wanted them to enable Rally Mode and install and enable Cruise Control. Thursday morning the dealer called. My bike was ready to pick up.

The problem: the fuel tank has lobes that sit low on both sides. The lobes are connected with a crossover or something similar. To facilitate tank removal there are maintenace petcocks that can be turned off before disconnecting the crossovers. One of the petcocks was off. So, yes, I ran out of gas in spite of having half a tank still in the bike.

Changes

There will be changes, but not as many as I’ve made to other bikes. One of the reasons I got this bike was its lowish weight. To keep the weight down I’m not going to mount permanent luggage. The Mosko Moto Reckless 80 system I used on the DR650 will fit the 790 just fine. I’ll mount it when needed for trips. I was using the 22L dry bag that is part of the R80 system as a tail bag. However, I didn’t like its side opening. I ordered the Mosko Moto 25L Scout which opens across the top. It is perfect for my day-to-day use.