KTM India launched its flagship adventure tourer or dual-sport motorcycle, 390 Adventure back in January 2020 at a starting price of Rs 2.99 lakh ex-showroom. It is one of the first products from the brand to attain BS6 specifications and arguably the best buy in India’s emerging single-cylinder sports motorcycle category. KTM India, part of Bajaj Auto, further plans to launch a trimmed-down ‘250 Adventure’ in the near future.
Ex-showroom (Delhi) pricing of the KTM 390 Adventure currently stands at Rs 3.04 lakh. This is still a reasonable figure considering the host of segment-first features offered with it. The motorcycle primarily rivals the Royal Enfield Himalayan while BMW Motorrad India is almost ready with the BS6-compliant G 310 GS. If rumours are correct, the entry-level BMW G 310 siblings will come with a hefty discount in their updated BS6 format.
KTM India has partnered with Bajaj Finance and HDFC Bank to offer finance coverage up to 95 per cent, with competitive interest rates and flexible tenures. However, the primary highlight is the brand’s very own EMI programmes starting at Rs 6,999 per month (for five years) with up to 80 per cent coverage on its on-road price.
Sumeet Narang, President (Probiking) at Bajaj Auto, states that the KTM 390 Adventure is a “pivotal addition” to the brand’s expanding portfolio which recently included the Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250. He added that the adventure tourer is a promising, capable and versatile product for India’s biking enthusiasts. Hence, the new finance schemes are aimed to open new possibilities for potential buyers to own the KTM 390 Adventure.
The 2020MY KTM 390 Adventure is powered by a 373.2cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine generating almost 43bhp @ 9,000rpm and 37Nm @ 7,000rpm. The powerplant is familiar from KTM’s other ‘390’ offerings, Duke and RC. This is mated to a 6-speed transmission via a slipper clutch alongside a bidirectional quickshifter, dubbed Quickshifter+.
Other features include full-LED headlamps, adjustable windscreen, TFT instrument console, KTM MyRide smartphone connectivity (optional), three-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) coupled to cornering ABS; ride-by-wire, offroad mode, cornering traction control, etc. It rides on Metzeler Tourance tyres and weighs about 177kg. Fuel tank capacity stands at 14.3 litres. There are only two colour choices: White and Orange.
India is one of the very first markets to get KTM’s all-new single-cylinder adventure tourer. In global markets, it has already become a highly desirable starter bike.