KTM 390 Adventure makes a splash at EICMA

by Vishal Venugopal 06 Nov 2019

Austrian motorcycle maker KTM has taken the covers off the new 390 Adventure at EICMA 2019, in Milan. In the run-up to the world's most popular motorcycle show, test mules of the bike were spotted several times in near-production-ready form. Now that the Bajaj Auto-owned KTM has officially revealed the bike, here's what's on offer.

The 390 Adventure is essentially an off-road-oriented version of the 390 Duke and uses the same 373.2cc single-cylinder engine. Power and torque figures are identical as well with 44hp produced at 9,000rpm and 37Nm coming in at 7,000rpm. KTM has not made any changes to the sprocketing, so the final drive ratio remains identical to that of the 390 Duke. What is interesting, however, is that the 390 Adv will offer switchable traction control.

The 390 Adventure is shod with a 100/90-19 tyre at the front and a 130/80-17 tyre at the rear. Suspension duties are carried out by a 43mm USD fork with compression and rebound adjustability and a rear monoshock that can be adjusted for pre-load and rebound. This setup also offers more travel when compared to the 390 Duke - 170mm/177mm (front/rear) compared to the 142mm/150mm avaialble on the naked 390.

The 390 Adventure also differs from its naked sibling in terms of steering head angle and trail. On the 390 Duke, it is 65 degrees and 95mm, respectively, while on the 390 Adventure it is 63.5 degrees and 98mm. The changes have resulted in a considerably longer wheelbase of 1,430mm (compared to 1,357mm on the Duke).

Ground clearance is a rather decent 200mm, while the seat height is on the higher side at 855mm. The 390 Adventure also comes with a slightly larger fuel tank, with a capacity of 14.5 litres. The additional hardware brings with it an increase in weight - the 390 Adventure weighs in at 158kg (dry). 

India has emerged as KTM’s biggest market worldwide in FY2019. Bajaj Auto, which has 49 percent equity in the Austrian motorcycle maker, plans to further expand the KTM product portfolio in India.

Expect the 390 Adventure to cost somewhere around the Rs 300,000* mark when it arrives in India - it's scheduled to launch at IBW in December  2019. When it does, it will still cost significantly less than its nearest rival – the BMW G 310 GS (Rs 349,000 lakh*). This KTM is also likely to be the company’s first BS VI / Euro 5 model.

*Prices are ex-showroom, pan-India; Images:  Kinza

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