The KTM 250 Adventure has been finally launched in India, a year after the quarter-litre was globally unveiled in November 2019. The all-new offering is positioned below the KTM 390 Adventure and is the Austrian brand’s most-affordable adventure tourer in the country. It is also one of the accessible motorcycles in its segment competing against Royal Enfield Himalayan and BMW G 310 GS. The 250 Adventure shares its underpinnings with the larger 390 Adventure but borrows its powertrain from the 250 Duke. The new KTM 250 Adventure is priced at Rs. 2.52 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which makes it Rs. 56,000 cheaper than the 390 ADV. Bookings for the KTM 250 Adventure are already open at dealerships while deliveries have commenced as well.
The new KTM 250 Adventure looks identical to the 390 Adventure with the rally-derived styling that includes the new 14.5 litre fuel tank with extensions, tall handlebar and a step-up style single seat. However, unlike the 390, the 250 Adventure does not get a full-LED headlamp but uses the halogen headlight from the 250 Duke with the LED daytime lights. The bike also features a small windscreen for wind deflection. The bike is offered in two colour options - orange and white, as well as black and orange graphics. The seat height is also different and measures 855 mm. With respect to ergonomics, the 250 Adventure has been given a comfortable riding position with the centre-set footpegs, raised handlebar and an upright posture.
The KTM 250 Adventure quarter-litre tourer uses an LCD screen instead of a TFT unit as seen on the 390 Adventure. The white backlit unit is easy to read but does not come with Bluetooth connectivity as seen on the larger model. The bike also gets different switchgear over the 390. The 250 Adventure also dual-channel ABS with off-road mode wherein you can turn off the ABS for the rear tyre. There are a number of KTM PowerParts for the 250 Adventure including GPS brackets, radiator protection grille, crash bungs, headlamp protection and handlebar pads.
Other hardware on the KTM 250 Adventure includes the 43 mm WP APEX USD forks upfront and a monoshock at the rear. The front suspension has 170 mm of travel while the rear shock absorber has 177 mm of travel. The bike rides on a 19-inch front and a 17-inch rear alloy wheels wrapped in dual-purpose MRF tyres. Braking performance on the 250 Adventure comes from a 320 mm disc upfront and a 230 mm disc at the rear. KTM claims a range of 400 km on a full tank on the motorcycle. The 250 Adventure has a kerb weight of 177 kg, which makes it 2 kg lighter than the 390 Adventure.
With respect to the powertrain, the KTM 250 Adventure uses the 248 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine from the 250 Duke. The BS6 compliant motor develops 29.5 bhp at 9,000 rpm and 24 Nm of peak torque available at 7,500 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox and comes with an assist and slipper clutch.