Author: Rob Slade

KTM 800 Adventure captured in spy shots

KTM 800 Adventure spy shots

It had been rumoured for years before finally being confirmed earlier this year in an interview with KTM boss Stefan Pierer, the Austrian manufacturer will be producing a mid-range adventure bike.

While this has been general knowledge for a few months now, this is the first time any resemblance of such a machine has been spotted in the flesh.

KTM 800 Adventure spy shots in MCN

The spy shots, first seen in the latest copy of Motorcycle News, appear to show a ‘KTM 800 Adventure’ in the early stages of its production.

It is expected that the 800 Adventure will follow the 800 Duke (set to be revealed later this year) with a late 2017 debut looking likely. The bikes will share the same parallel-twin engine, but the adventure model looks like it will feature an all-new chassis, sub-frame, fuel tank, exhaust system, swingarm and front end.

KTM’s move into the middle-weight sector will see it compete with the likes of the BMW F800GS, Triumph Tiger 800 and Honda Africa Twin in a hotly contested market.

We expect the new model to offer genuine off-road ability while providing a less intimidating option for those who are after a lighter and cheaper alternative to the higher-capacity adventure bikes.

KTM 800 Adventure spy shot

We may be lucky enough to see a prototype at the international shows later this year, but until then all we can do is wait and hope that KTM get this model spot on.