Heavy duty adventure bikes are billed as go-anywhere, do-anything machines. They can tick off miles on the highway. They can handle the journey. However, very few mountain bikers dare to take their full-sized adventurers into the tight and technical terrain of singletrack trails. Whether it’s rocky or muddy conditions, single tracks give riders no choice but to go over or through obstacles.
While this can be a problem for large-diameter ADVs, a number of new mid-range contenders are proving they have what it takes to tackle tough adventure trails. Take for example Pola Tarres, who rides a Yamaha Tenere 700 as if it were a cross between an enduro and trials bike. The same could be said for another Spanish rider and five-time enduro world champion, Iván Cervantes, who just won the 38th Baja España Aragón title in the Trail class aboard a Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro.
Yamaha and Triumph may be keeping their middleweight rivals in the spotlight, but KTM needs no such marketing gimmicks to preserve the off-road pedigree of the 890 Adventure R. On the back of a decorated continuation of the Dakar Rally and Team Orange’s World Hard Endurance Championship, the Austrian entry remains at the top of the middle class. If you ever wonder why, YouTube creator Adam Riemann is happy to lay out the benefits of the 890 Adventure.
Riemann, who runs Motology Films and The ARiemann1 YouTube channel, who previously piloted the 890’s predecessor, the KTM 790 Adventure R, at the Naxos Rally 2019 and the Bosnia KTM Adventure Rally 2019. While enjoying the celebration of the Bosnian event, Riemann met a keen KTM rider from Slovenia. This chance encounter brought the YouTuber to the Balkan country, where he met a tight-knit group of his fans who happened to be blood orange KTM buyers.
A three-day trip into the surrounding mountains not only showcases the breathtaking beauty of the Slovenian countryside, but also illustrates what the KTM 890 Adventure R is all about. Manufacturers may be marketing heavy-duty ADVs as go-anywhere, do-anything machines , but the middleweight models now seem to be fighting for that title.