KTM 800 Adventure Spied For The First Time

KTM 800 Adventure Spied For The First Time, will offer entry-level middle weight off-road to the rest of the world and most likely India too

Nobody knows how to make the world go mad with a new Adventure bike like KTM does. And it is the Austrian company’s incredible Dakar legacy and its brilliant ADV bikes that span a range that is to be blamed for the cult following. Now, the latest of the new KTM ADV bikes has just been spied and we are already excited. The bike in concern is the all new KTM 800 Adventure and it has been spied testing on road and dirt at Spain. Interestingly, the way this thing looks, we might just be in for a proper hardcore ADV in the segment finally. Let’s talk about what we could make out of these spy photographs.

KTM 800 Adventure Design and Dimensions

The test mule is unmistakably KTM with all the edges and angles that are evident even under the all black appearance of the test bike. There were four different test mules undergoing testing. What is interesting to see is the design elements that surround the engine on both sides and being connected to the fuel tank above the engine.

They seem to be auxiliary fuel tanks and if that’s true than this KTM 800 Adventure is surely for the uninhibited off the radar excursion at the drop of the hat. What is also interesting to know from the report is the fact that all test mules were running not different wheel sizes, including a one with a 21 inch front and a 18-inch rear, now that’s into proper rally category.

Then there are those interesting looking twin exhausts that start from the front of the engine and merges into a collector and a single piece on the right side of the bike. As is understandable, the exhaust outlet is angled to be at a decent height to help wading through slush and water. Furthermore, the headlights and the tail lights more or less look like placeholders and might see a change in design before the bike goes into production assembly.

KTM 800 Adventure Chassis, suspension and brakes

In contrast, this KTM 800 Adventure looks almost ready for Dakar duty. Then there is that beefy setup of USD WP forks upfront with an addition of what looks like twin Brembo radial-mount brakes. While at the rear there seems to be a monoshock with linkage-less design. The swingarm is clearly fairly long and seems to be inspired by the bigger 1190 Adventure. Expect around 9 inches of suspension travel both up front and at the rear with this sort of an arrangement and with full adjustability off course.

KTM 800 Adventure Price and Launch

Expect to be showcased at Milan 2017 and launch in 2018 for worldwide markets.

KTM 800 Adventure Engine And Specification

This is the new age of KTM engines that has occurred largely because of the ever stringent upcoming Euro5 emission norms that has made the whole industry go back to the drawing board. We all know that this all new parallel twin 800cc unit is a new design and should also feature on the production variant of the recently showcased KTM 790 Duke Concept, albeit in a more ferocious form.

Expect power outputs in the vicinity of 100 BHP with ample torque rating to take this minimal looking KTM 800 Adventure through the wilderness as fast as a hot knife through butter. Saying that, we won’t be surprised if this all new KTM 800 Adventure turns out to be the most badass hardcore 800cc class Adventure motorcycle ever to hit the roads (or off-roads), without any objection whatsoever.

KTM 800 Adventure Safety and Features

The clear presence wheel sensors it would not be wrong to expect all the possible rider aids on the bike when it arrives. We reckon equipment like IMU driven cornering ABS and traction control would definitely arrive on the bike.

KTM 800 Adventure Competition

Oh, glory! It’s about time. We’ve been expecting a “serious” entry into this class for quite a while. The Triumph Tiger 800 XC variants and BMW F800GS have long been class staples, but even the most aggressively dirt-oriented of these models is far from rally ready.

KTM 800 Adventure will go against the likes of Triumph’s Tiger 800 series and the BMW F800GS. However, both those motorcycles are pretty good at what they are supposed to be but they are nowhere near as rally ready as this KTM without any doubt. Now, if only Yamaha actually green signals the production of the amazing T7 Ténéré concept it showed at the 2016 EICMA show. The world would become a better place for the Adventurer.

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