Close your eyes and plant a finger on the map. Anywhere you like. As long as it doesn’t come back smelling like ocean, there’s a good chance you can ride a motorcycle there. Not just any motorcycle, of course. You’ll want one of these: a full-size adventure-touring bike. Motorcycles such as the BMW R1200GS, KTM [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
BMW R1200GS vs. KTM 990 Adventure vs. Yamaha Super Tenere – Comparison Test A new player in the big-bore adventure-touring segment makes things interesting.
Photography by Jeff Allen Few experienced motorcyclists take issue with anti-lock brakes and traction control. ABS and TC, their generic names, undoubtedly save lives and prevent other forms of embarrassment every day. That’s not the issue here. Implementation is. You see, for the three-bike “Ride There” comparison test in the February issue, we spent many [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography and Video by Jeff Allen Bonus content for the print feature “Ride There.” (CW, February, 2012) We flog the big adventure-touring mounts-BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and the new-to-the-U.S. Yamaha Super Tenere-on road and off in a head-to-head-to-head comparison test. Read the full story in the February, 2012, “Big Adventure” special issue on newsstands [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
The 990 Adventure Dakar is a parts-bin special playing off KTM’s winning heritage. It has the long travel-suspension of the standard Adventure allied with the 115-horsepower V-Twin engine and Bosch ABS of the Adventure R. It comes with the normally optional guards wrapping around the front bodywork and a suede-look seat. And, of course, the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Best Dual Sport: KTM 990 Adventure R Yes, the 990 Adventure R is big, but that’s just one reason it’s good for big adventure.
Something is going on here. For the third year in a row, our choice for Best Dual-Sport offers greater displacement than the bike that preceded it. In 2007, it was KTM’s 525 EXC, then the 690 Enduro in 2008. In 2009, it was BMW’s F800GS, and now we have KTM’s 990 Adventure R taking the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)