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KTM got us all thrilled when it displayed the production-ready 790 Duke last year. The Austrian builder also showcased the 790 Adventure concept during this unveil and we couldn’t wait to see the bike in its production-ready state. And now, it looks like we may see the production-ready model sooner than expected as this recently spied KTM 790 Adventure R looks just like that – production-ready. It’s coming in a space enjoyed by the Triumph Tiger 800 and the BMW F 800 GS for their practical accessibility and outstanding cross-country ability. Although these contenders are getting deeply modernized for the 2018 lineup, the 790 Adventure R will hit the roads later this year and will have even more oomph than what it carries now. For now, it’s all in there. The Dakar-inspired bodywork, beefier swing arm, larger spoked wheels, skid plate, hand guards, high-mount exhaust and stubby tires developed for ADV customers who are looking at getting something with seriously rugged looks and off-road capabilities.

From the images we can see some clear differences between the concept and the production bike. On the design front there’s no point hiding the fact that the KTM 790 Adventure R is seriously inspired by the company’s Dakar bikes. It gets a raised front fender along with a front cowl that showcases KTM’s traditional vertical split LED headlamps. On top of this sits a very minimalistic wind deflector, which appears to only cover the instrument panel and will barely deflect any wind. The concept showed at 2017 EICMA also had a single-seat saddle reminiscent of the purpose-built dirt bikes but KTM has ditched it for a split seat. The Akrapovic exhaust is also gone, replaced by a more traditional and bulkier EURO 4-compliant unit.

The Adventure R will share its motor with the 790 Duke, with slight change in power and torque delivery to better suit its new character. Currently, the KTM 790 Duke is powered by an all-new parallel-twin engine that is mated to a six-speed gearbox. It makes 105PS of power at 9500rpm and 86Nm of torque at 8000rpm. We are also expecting KTM to pack it with features like a TFT colour display, KTM My Ride functionality, ABS, riding modes, traction control and a quick shifter.