I bought 890 adventure S and love it. I test drove gs1250 and great bike but decided I didn't need that big of an adventure bike. The ktm low tanks and under 500lbs made this a clear choice for me. Feels very light, comfortable and in control. I'm 59 years old. 6'4 235lbs and made some mods. As far as a must is something for wind buffering. I went with MRA tall screen with additional attachment on top. Works well. The other mods I won't go into detail cause don't need to waste your time. But I do like the bike very much. Intermediate rider (although been riding for 50 years) . I ride this about 60% percent trails, 40% street. I also have a bmw grand america that's big but of course strictly touring so I just enjoy both. As I get older the lighter bike feels right. Good luck and enjoy the search!
Over 22k miles on my 2019 790R. If something happens to it, I will go buy the first 890R available. Other than suspension, seat, and windscreen; there are not many differences between the R and S, but to me the suspension was well worth the extra $1k. I have Quickshift, Cruise, and Rally (which came standard on the 790R) and highly recommend getting them. Nothing compares to the 790/890R. Tiger, BMW, T700 are occasionally compared to the S, but the R is a beast off-road and in a class of it’s own. If you intend to ride aggressive off-road, wait for an R. If not, the S is a great bike with the same awesome electronics, and the engine has plenty enough power to put a big grin on your face.
Agree Don. For the extra 1k suspension is definitely worth it. They were out of the "R" when I was looking so I was happy with the S. They had two left and for my riding and getting older and not to aggressive these days I decided that this would work. I would need to spend well over 1k to change suspension but so far , so good. However if the R was available and not sold out I really think I would of went that way. Safe riding.
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