It’s not a “clickbait” post. Seriously, we’ve got something different here for the KTM 1090R/1190R models that – as far as I’m concerned – nobody has ever produced.
Note: What you’re about to see below is merely just a prototype and as such it’ll have to be tested properly on and off-road.
I do not like “floating” upper crash bars. They almost defeat the purpose of calling them crash bars. That’s how easily they collapse under the weight of 480lbs/230kg adventure bikes. They may resist a bit more if there are proper aftermarket handguards installed but that’s still a gamble.
So what happened is that we began looking for solutions. See, we had to find a mounting point to add a proper bracket to. Something that is not just a tacky, flimsy extension of the frame, such as the cluster mount.
We found something. The question was – and it was a big question – whether a mounting bracket would interfere with the steering at all.
So far, it’s a definite no! To 100% confirm this, I’ll be covering all sorts of off-road scenarios etc this week and next.
I’m going to return with more details, videos etc. shortly. Until then, check out the photos below of our upper crash bars development on the in-house KTM 1090R Adventure and please let us know your thoughts! Email: [email protected]