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2011 KTM 990 Adventure Dakar Comparison Review Photo Gallery
A tall, thin layout wrapped in classic rally-style bodywork clearly gives away the Austrian motorcycle’s dirty intentions.
KTM is put to the test with its 990 Adventure Dakar motorcycle. Look through the photos and rread the full report in our
2011 KTM 990 Adventure Dakar Comparison
The Dakar employs a 75-degree V-Twin measuring 999cc (101 x 62.4mm bore/stroke).
The Dakar is imported as a full edition in contrast to the limited edition Adventure R model which is even scarcer in dealers for 2011.
Riders reported feeling the seat base on occasion and the cover retains moisture, making the KTM the least favorite to ride in wet weather or after sitting overnight.
The dual fuel tanks deserve some consideration. Not only do they give the KTM a distinct look and feel, but the design plays a large role in the handling and ergonomics.
Compared to the standard Adventure, the Dakar version has a 500-rpm higher rev ceiling which is good for extra peak horsepower.
The 21-inch front tire is the skinniest of the test and the Pirelli MT90 tires have the largest tread blocks.
The seat profile also allows easy rider movement which aids in its off-road prowess as well. While the KTM earned top marks for off-road performance, the seat was a love/hate item on the street.
One area where the KTM runs into trouble as a long-distance tourer is getting beat around in the wind.
All of our testers felt that the KTM is at the back of the pack in terms of pure engine performance.
Similar to KTM dirt bikes, the 990 Adventure has a light front end, and the handlebars can wiggle as speeds climb into triple digits.
The 990 Adventure was also criticized for the amount of noise it makes and the vibrations it produces, especially when you are hard on the throttle.
Riders are able to stand up much easier and can lean forward without having to bow their legs out.
Compared to bikes like the Yamaha which cannot switch off the ABS, and the Ducati and Triumph which take considerable navigation through the electronics, our riders appreciated the simplicity of the KTM system.
At very slow speed the bars hit the turning stop really fast.
There is no traction control, not necessarily a negative feature, but the display and switchgear are very basic.
The KTM puts its power down through a six-speed gearbox and chain drive.
All riders complained about the lack of a fuel gauge and gear position indicator. Both are considered mandatory for high-dollar, flagship touring models like these.
2011 KTM Adventure 990 Dyno
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