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Specifications, pictures and owners reviews for KTM 990 Adventure:
Mootorcycle type:Adventure
Year:Since 2006
Dimensions L/W/H(cm):231 / 82 / 150
Engine size (cc):999 cc displacement
Fuel supply:Fuel injection - electronic
Compression ratio:11.5:1
Bore and Stroke:101x62.4 mm
Ground clearance:261mm (10.3 inches)
Engine oil capacity:3.2litres (3.4 quarts)
Fuel tank capacity :22.0 litres (5.8 gallons)
Top speed:216 km/h (134 mph)
Peak horse power:98 hp
Max torque:95 nm (70.1 ft lbs)
Dry weight:199 kg (439 lbs)
Wet weight:223 kg (492 lbs)
Front suspension:48mm upside down forks with 210mm travel
Rear suspension:WP suspension, hydraulic spring preload, 210mm travel
Front tyre size:90/80-R21
Rear tyre size:150/70-R18
Transmission type:6-speed
Ignition / starting:Electronic with digital timing adjustments
Front brakes:Dual 300mm discs with 2-piston calipers
Rear brakes:Single 240mm disc with 1-piston caliper
Final drive:Chain drive
Cooling system:Liquid cooling
Fuel consumption:6.60 l/100km (35.6 mpg)
Picture of KTM - 990 Adventure990 Adventure

Additional notes regarding the technical specifiaction of KTM 990 Adventure:
- The fuel efficiency (shown as fuel consumption above) shows how efficient is a certain motorcycle in converting the chemical energy of the fuel into kinetic energy. It is usually measured by how many liters are needed to travel 100 kilometers (L/100km) or by what distance in miles can be traveled with one gallon of fuel (mpg). In the average case KTM 990 Adventure will burn 6.60 liters on every 100km of your trip. That is based on the technical specifications of the motorcycle and may vary depending on several factors as style of riding, temperature, road condition etc. As per the MPG number it will run for 35.6 miles while burning one gallon of fuel. If we know that KTM 990 Adventure has a fuel tank capacity of 22.0 liters and its fuel economy is 35.6mpg (based on the technical specifications data above) then we can calculate the run it can achieve with a topped up tank and it is 207 miles.
- Engine displacement of 999 cc - this refers to the volume described by the movement of a single piston in the cylinder multiplied by the number of the cylinders the engine has. Engines with bigger displacement volume tend to produce more power and usually have bigger fuel consumption. It is usually measured in cc (cubic centimeters) or l (liters) and according to the specifications above KTM 990 Adventure has an engine displacement of 999 cubic centimeters.
- 261 mm ground clearance - this can be defined as the distance between the lowest point of the 990 Adventure's chassis and the level ground surface below it. Usually off-road bikes have higher ground clearance while sport bikes have lower ground clearance.Bore and stroke of KTM 990 Adventure engine
- 101x62.4 bore and stroke - this is a term concerning the engine parameters describing the ratio between cylinder bore diameter and piston stroke. If bore and stroke have equal measures then the engine is called square. According to the technical specifications of KTM 990 Adventure its bore is 101 mm and the stroke is 62.4 mm. For this particular KTM engine bore is bigger than stroke meaning that 990 Adventure has a short stroke engine.
- Compression ratio 11.5:1 means that the volume of gas in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of its stroke refers to the volume of gas when the piston is at the top of its stroke as 11.5:1. Premium fuel might be recommended for some motorcycles with high levels of compression ration in order to avoid engine knocking. Engines with higher compression ratio are more energy efficient because they are able to extract more mechanical energy from a certain amount of fuel.
- Chain final drive: All three variations of the final drive (shaft, belt and chain) are perfectly doing their job and one of them is always preferable depending on the type of motorcycle and it can not really be said which one of them is the best as each one has its advantages on certain occasions. Each of them has proved to be a successful technology for the years it has been used by bike manufacturers. The final drive of KTM 990 Adventure is chain.
chain final driveChain final drives are known for their simplicity and efficiency in driving power from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle and are one of the most popular final drive options by far. However chains have their down points - more frequent need of maintenance (lubrication and cleaning) which means that a biker should always keep an eye on the chain especially in rainy days or dusty roads.
- Liquid cooling: the constant cooling of the motorcycle engine is mandatory for its efficiency and durability. Liquid cooling is better for the engine in high traffic and speeding but its biggest advantage is that liquid cooled engines tend to produce more horsepower.Turn signals replacement of KTM 990 Adventure
- Replacing KTM 990 Adventure turn signals is an easy job and commonly considered a do it yourself project. Reconnecting the motorcycle turn signals cables would not be a problem as these wires are generally color coded. After locating the bolts that hold them in position you will have to remove them. After making sure that the new KTM 990 Adventure turn signals sit in the housing properly you may proceed with connecting the wires.KTM 990 Adventure with protective bike cover
When choosing a motorcycle cover the dimensions of the KTM 990 Adventure should be taken into consideration. Some aftermarket accessories can change the overall dimensions of the bike. A larger cover will be needed if the motorcycle has an additional backrest, sissy bar or panniers fitted.

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Review by Nicholas - owner from Mason MI, USA

Nicholas from Mason MI, USA OVERALL RATING:9.1-star rating BRAKES:5-star rating
RIDE AND HANDLING:5-star rating FUEL ECONOMY:3-star rating
QUALITY AND RELIABILITY:5-star rating VALUE (PRICE):5-star rating
ENGINE PERFORMANCE:5-star rating COMFORT:4-star rating


All I can say for my KTM 990 Adventure is that it is perfectly built for off road riding. The KTM team has designed this bike with an electric starter and 6-speed gear box but one of the best features in it is the special fuel injection which is regulated by Keihin engine management system which in my belief provides the smooth run. If you ask me what type of motorcycle it really is I would say it is touring enduro as it behaves just fine on the road surfing the curves and continues to handle great after the end of the asphalt. The wind screen and hand guards provide sufficient weather protection on the road and off it.
I’m not very short but am not a normal size either and I’m suffering a slight discomfort from the height of the bike although I wouldn’t say it really matters to me but it will definitely be a real disaster to anybody shorter than me. So my advice to the short-sized riders is not to even think about KTM 990 Adventure.
Positive accents: The hard cases takes all the luggage I need for a journey, along with my rain suit and there is always extra free space left.
Bad points: Not very good fuel economy and the fuel tank is small for my preferences.
Review by K. Greeley - owner from Boston MA, USA

K. Greeley from Boston MA, USA OVERALL RATING:9.4-star rating BRAKES:5-star rating
RIDE AND HANDLING:5-star rating FUEL ECONOMY:4-star rating
QUALITY AND RELIABILITY:5-star rating VALUE (PRICE):5-star rating
ENGINE PERFORMANCE:5-star rating COMFORT:4-star rating


My trustful KTM 990 Adventure always gives me the high dose of adrenaline I need. And sure it doesn’t have any problem doing that with its water cooled V-shaped engine providing the immense power of 114hp. The fuel tank is large enough to ensure long enjoyable runs between the gas stations.
The bike has the trusted Brembo brakes fitted which along with the floating 300mm discs on the front wheel provide smooth and efficient braking.
We often go on short off-road rides with a friend of mine who owns a BMW F800GS and trying each other’s bike we find both models very similar in many aspects. Apart that the BMW seem more complicated with the computers and electronics both bikes behave very alike on the road, well I meant off the road but the same applies on the motorway too.
Positive accents: Excellent brakes and balanced engine power.
Bad points: It’s simpler than other bikes of that type but maybe that is a positive part of it’s character making it easier for repair.
Review by Tomy A. - owner from Montreal QC, Canada

Tomy A. from Montreal QC, Canada  OVERALL RATING:9.4-star rating BRAKES:5-star rating
RIDE AND HANDLING:5-star rating FUEL ECONOMY:4-star rating
QUALITY AND RELIABILITY:5-star rating VALUE (PRICE):5-star rating
ENGINE PERFORMANCE:5-star rating COMFORT:4-star rating


I bought my 2009 KTM 990 Adventure with 3500 miles on it but it was in immaculate overall condition and equipped with 2 side hard cases and a top box. My choice was based on my interests to ride off the road and I really enjoy doing so with that bike but it is also very convenient for the town and it’s easier and faster than the car especially in high traffic hours.
I installed a Scottoiler shortly after it was mine and now my chain is always nicely lubricated without me taking care of it. The other thing I upgraded it with was a taller touring screen for better weather protection as now ride it a lot on motorways since it occurred that KTM 990 Adventure is behaving surprisingly well on these roads. The V-twin engine provides sufficient power for enjoyable rides.
The simplicity of this bike is one aspect I’m very happy with. It doesn’t have any sophisticated computers and service lights that need to be reset regularly. The service is easy and the tool kit that comes with the motorcycle is very encouraging when it comes to servicing it on your own.
Positive accents: The bike is well protected with a robust engine guard and sturdy crash bars.
Bad points: The 2-compartment fuel tank required more time and attention to be filled up.


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