“The KTM 990 Adventure was impressive! The first thing I noticed was that it makes more engine noise than exhaust noise; it sounds like a Corvette car when you’re behind the bar. The engine produces plenty of power and will cruise up top forever on long, fast roads and trails. The fork can blow through a little too fast on quick, fast and hard hits, but overall it does a good job of keeping the big bike upright. I think the 990 has better bars than the 950 Super Enduro, but they are super narrow. Bark busters as a stock feature are nice, as is the windscreen. My chief control complaint was actually just the hard to use buttons on the console, especially at night. On the positive side, the bike cools very well and handles low-speed/ high-temp situations exceptionally. The brakes are excellent, especially in front. Overall, the KTM 990 is a tall bike, and average-sized riders may not be able to touch flat. There was a slight judder in the clutch, but action was still good. All together, the ergos are comfortable when both sitting and standing, and it has a good stock seat. I love the big tanks, and the bike carries the weight very well. Passenger pegs are a plus, as is the decent headlight. Come to think of it, this entire bike is pretty radical! Now, who wants to donate a few thousand dollars to the ‘Chris wants a new commuter bike’ fund?”
Look for a full test in an upcoming special issue of Dirt Rider magazine.