Watch KTM 1190 Adventure R Breathtaking Off-Road Action with Chris Birch

Whether most acknowledge it or not, it's some sort of silent war out there between the all-time favorite BMW R1200GS and its arch-enemy, the KTM 1190 Aventure. Truth be told, these two bikes are two different breeds, and what separates them is more important than their similarities.
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They also address to different customers with different attitudes and riding styles, and a comparison between them is a valid endeavor only down to a point beyond which lies the great vast "apples to oranges" territory.

This is not the first time when Chris Birch lets loose in the saddle, or should we say on the pegs of the 1190 Aventure R. It looks like Red Bull and Mattighofen have chosen him as the best man to show what the KTM 1190 Aventure R can do, and frankly, we're glad they did.

We can hope that even BMW fans can enjoy this video and appreciate the off-road aggressiveness of the 1190, especially when Birch is at the helm. A far sportier bike than the R1200GS, KTM's adventure machine looks like a much more suitable bike for wheeling through a river bed, or around a banked turn, jumping off hill tops, or climbing really steep gradients in the forest.

A matter of choice

While, in terms of tech specs, the two bikes are comparable, KTM's suspensions and wheels are engineered with a character that's more prone to aggressive off-roading. In turn, BMW's adventure bike delivers better fuel economy and increased comfort for longer hauls on asphalt or hard-packed roads.

With comparable luggage-carrying capabilities, it's probably down to each rider to decide which way to go and what bike to choose. Still, even though KTM is not saying it, these videos are an open invitation for BMW R1200GS' fans to match such riding. Enjoy!

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