KTM India has unveiled one of the most-anticipated adventure bikes, the KTM 390 Adventure at the India Bike Week 2019. The disappointment for many is that KTM India is yet to announce the launch and prices of the 390 Adventure in India, and chose instead to just showcase the bike at the India Bike Week. The KTM 390 Adventure is essentially a touring, and adventure-ready variant of the KTM 390 Duke. Although the 373 cc, single-cylinder engine is shared with the KTM 390 Duke, and has the exact same specifications and output as the 390 Duke, although the engine is Bharat Stage VI (BS6) compliant.
The output remains the exact same as well - putting out 43 bhp at 9,000 rpm and 37 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The 390 Adventure also gets a 6-speed transmission, as well as a slipper clutch and the full-colour TFT screen of the 390 Duke. The only difference is that the 390 Adventure gets more suspension travel to justify its adventure capability. Up front is a non-adjustable WP-sourced 43 mm upside down fork offering 170 mm of travel, and a WP monoshock with 177 mm of rear wheel travel. Braking duties are handled by ByBre calipers gripping a 320 mm rotor on the front wheel and a 230 mm rear disc, while switchable ABS from Bosch is standard.
The fuel tank capacity is 14.5-litres, and the dry weight is 162 kg, around 13 kg more than the KTM 390 Duke. The 390 Adventure also gets switchable traction control as well as an up/down quickshifter as standard. The 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel are alloys, and come shod with Metzeler Tourance tyres, and seat height is 855 mm. The 390 Adventure has a high ground clearance of 200 mm and boasts of a set of electronic rider aids only seen on bigger bikes.
The Electronic Control Unit or ECU controls a host of electronic aids like the lean angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) which allows for better traction on dirt and loose gravel surfaces, Cornering ABS which provides for a safer and sharper ride through the twisties, Offroad ABS for better braking on low traction surfaces, and Quickshifter+ for smooth clutchless up and down shifting, all nicely displayed and relayed by the full-color TFT display. These aids work seamlessly to ensure a feeling of optimal control and come into play in the trickiest of the situations. The KTM 390 Adventure is likely to be launched in early January 2020, and we expect prices to be in the range of ₹ 3-3.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) once the entry-level ADV from KTM makes its market debut.