KTM 990 Adventure Rally spotted testing

KTM has been actively testing several new bikes, and recent spy shots have given us a glimpse of these upcoming models. Now, new images have surfaced showing what appears to be a KTM 990 Adventure Rally.

The last time KTM manufactured the 990 Adventure was in 2013, and the platform has been inactive since then. However, with KTM revitalizing its Adventure lineup, it makes sense to reintroduce the 990. The timing is also strategic, as other brands like Triumph, Ducati, Honda, and Suzuki have recently launched their own 800-900cc ADV bikes. This competitive landscape provides a strong incentive for KTM to bring back the 990 Adventure.

The model spotted in these spy images is the Rally variant, designed with a focus on off-road capabilities. The test bike features split-side fuel tanks and a new cooling system with a radiator fan on each side. Additionally, the 990 Adventure Rally sports a new front profile, including a single projector LED light in the center, LED DRLs below, and turn indicators above.

KTM plans to equip the 990 Adventure Rally with a vertical TFT screen and advanced electronics, such as ride modes, traction control, ABS modes, and smartphone connectivity.

Compared to the current 890 Adventure R Rally, the 990 Adventure Rally features entirely different bodywork and a revised subframe. It will be suspended on USD front forks, likely adjustable, and a monoshock. The braking system will be mounted on 21-inch front and 17-inch rear cross-spoke wheels, wrapped in block pattern tires.

Additionally, KTM has teased an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for its 1390 range. The brand is working on introducing its large-capacity bikes to the Indian market, potentially as early as 2025.

In summary, KTM is gearing up to reintroduce the 990 Adventure Rally, complete with modern updates and off-road enhancements, to compete in the dynamic ADV bike segment.