I recently acquired one of the bikes that I’ve always wanted. A KTM 640 Adventure. This one is very well equipped, and is literally almost ‘ready to race’. It has Acerbis rally tanks as well as a larger than standard main tank giving almost 50 litres of fuel capacity and a range of over 500miles. That being said, I don’t fancy picking it up if I drop it with a full fuel load on board. There’s also a Kriega grab handle, a rally seat and rally bash guard which incorporates a 1 litre liquid container and tool-box. On the dash I have a speedo and trip computer which includes the features for use with a roadbook.
Looking through the documentation that was supplied, and from information provided by the previous owner, it appears that it was owned by Jim Foster, who was involved heavily in the Long Way Down and Race to Dakar, although it appears he bought the bike after doing the TV shows.
For a big single, the vibes aren’t as bad as I expected, and she’s got surprisingly long legs for an off-road orientated machine, but I still wouldn’t want to spend too long in the saddle on a motorway. I’ll keep the FJR for roadwork. I hope to do some more offroad this year, and maybe try my hand at a rally or two. Either way, I need to get fitter.