The KTM 1050 Adventure seems to be as small as the orange brand is planning to go in its adventure line-up.
It’s not good news for Aussies itching for a 690 Adventure to replace the beloved 640, or for the Indian market which had hoped to get the rumoured adventure version of the 390. That rumour was nipped in the bud months ago.
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Diego admits the 690 Adventure topic is often raised by Aussie motorcycle journalists and says they are still considering the possibility.
“However, price position is the problem,” he says. “There would be a niche customer who would like it, but that would be a very small niche.
“We have to think about the whole business and a 690 Adventure doesn’t have a lot of business potential.”
He says the 1050 Adventure doesn’t cost much more than the 800cc Triumph and BMW competition, yet blows them away on performance and technology, while still being a lighter proposition than the 1190 or 1290 models.