Is it just us, or does KTM suddenly have the best colors of any motorcycle maker? First the RC8 R comes over all moody in matte black with an orange frame and now the 990 Adventure R pulls the same trick. Over the standard version -- also benefiting from sexy new graphics -- the R is up on power, down on weight and drops the ABS in favor of off-road performance. >
The standard Adventure now makes 106bhp, the R ups that to 115bhp, both make 74lb/ft of torque. We'd imagine, or at least hope, that the R also gets revised suspension, gearing and other tweaks to justify its badassery, but KTM are simply worthless at the whole press release or picking-up-the-phone things. In lieu of more details, just check out the gallery. Try and tell us you don't picture yourself selling one of the kids, packing the hard bags with Euros and taking off for a few years on the road.