2003 KTM 640 Adventure R
A highly capable off-road machine that can be ridden anywhere
Soft OEM seat replaced with a Renazco Racing seat at 2000 miles.
Rocker cover leak at 7000 miles.
Soft fork and shock springs replaced with stiffer units at 9000 miles.
There is nothing presently available from another manufacturer that has the capability of a 640 Adventure.
Unless a substantially "better" version comes along, I'll continue to ride it and be happy.
Not a bike for everyone... a dedication to the model and mechanical aptitude are prerequisites. Your efforts will be rewarded with a street legal bike, capable of serious long-range off-road use... at speeds other "Adventure bikes" can only imagine.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th December, 2005
6th Feb 2006, 21:47
You say there is nothing on the market that compares.. what about the KLR650?? Cheaper too..
2nd Apr 2006, 20:07
A KLR 650 is cheaper than the KTM, but the two bikes are not comparable. The KTM has quite the upper hand in the off-road performance department, as well as street acceleration.
5th Apr 2006, 22:50
No real comparison. The KTM has it in spades over the heavy, piggish KLR. And it is lighter and has a larger fuel tank. Plus, the KTM is a much better looking machine. The only advantage, in my opinion, is the cost. But KTMs have a great resale value, and are much better off road.
To each his or her own.. there are fans of both machines, but I will choose KTM every time.
12th Dec 2007, 20:15
This bike is fun, I've had it for three years now. Gets on it for sure. A wheelie machine.
30th Nov 2008, 02:44
These bike are so much fun. Yes they're a little rough and not very refined. 640's don't idle well, have problems between 1st and 2nd, tend to over-heat in traffic etc. But they have torque, snarl, performance and attitude! They go really well cruising the highway (if you've put a road sprocket on the back), and they go x@$@% well off-road. Nothing comes close. NOTHING!!