2012 KTM 990 Adventure R

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Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2012 KTM 990 Adventure R. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

KTM’s 990 Adventure arrived in 2007 as a replacement for the outgoing 950 model. Like its predecessor, the 990 was built around the Austrian manufacturers’s LC8 engine, a 75-degree water-cooled V-twin. Along with modernizing the bike with fuel injection, KTM also bumped its displacement up to 999cc, resulting in 105hp and 74lb-ft of torque.

But the changes extended beyond engine capacity; elsewhere the 990 got upgrades like fully floating front discs, switchable ABS, and a revised step seat — all intended to make the bike a more livable machine for day-to-day riding.

Come 2009, the 990 Adventure received another overhaul. Along with giving the engine new cylinder heads, new cams, and lighter con-rods and cranks, KTM also refined the EFI and fitted the bike with some different exhausts. In keeping with the rest of the brand’s lineup, that same year, the ‘S’ model was renamed the ‘R.’

Following its new name, the 990 Adventure R was treated to KTM’s iconic colorway — black and white bodywork with an orange trellis frame. The engine was remapped to make 115hp, and the suspension was tweaked to give the bike 45mm (2.1 inches) more travel front and rear. As a result, the seat height grew by almost 2 inches to a towering 36 inches. Unlike the standard 990 Adventure, the R did away with ABS entirely.

Cycle World had this to say when picking its best dual sport of the year: “What makes the R such a worthy recipient is how much it feels like a “real” enduro, despite its 490-pound dry weight. Key is the suspension—which offers 10.5 inches of travel at both ends—and a chassis that somehow allows this machine to turn and handle like a real dirtbike should. But it’s equally adept on the road, with its controllable 96.2-hp V-Twin ripping up the asphalt as well as it does a rocky trail.”

This example is VIN: VBKVA9408CM984463.

The odometer shows 19,185 miles.

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the battery. Yonni did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:

Tire Life – Front: 100%; Rear: 90%
Brake Life – Front: 95%; Rear: 80%
Hydraulic Fluid – Front: Ok; Rear: Ok;
Clutch: Ok
Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: Ok
Coolant – Overflow Level: Low ; Quality:
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn Signals: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Not Illuminating
Killswitch: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery: 12.6V

Alpina tubeless wheel conversion.

Arrow exhaust.

Full crash protection.

Rekluse clutch.

Globe Scott panniers.

KTM tank bag.

Extra fuel tanks.

Renazco Racing seat.

Touratech headlight guard.

Barkbusters hand guards.

KTM heated grips.

Doran TPMS.

Garmin GPS mount, Touratech cage.

Atlas throttle lock.

Rigid lights.

Not pictured: Rottweiler intake, Dual mapped ECU (switch on handle bar changes between full power mode and high fuel economy mode), and Rottweiler 20mm lowering kit.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Continental TKC70 tires with date codes of 4514 and 0415.

The sale includes four keys.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this KTM is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any 990 Adventure R stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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990 Adventure R







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