The KTM 390 Adventure has been a hot subject of rumor in the world of motorcycles for the past several months. However, Stefan Pierer clearly stated that such a derivative was not possible on the first generation of compact Duke platform.
Now that the second gen compact Duke family is getting ready with a significantly improved chassis (spyshots revealed new rear sub-frame), the prospects of compact adventure tourer have become stronger than before. Designer Pratyush Rout has come up with a speculative rendering of the KTM 390 Adventure exclusively for Rushlane.
Well, if KTM comes up with a 390 Adventure, there won’t be any surprises as far as styling is concerned. The brand has been having an instantly recognizable design for its adv tourers and we can expect the smaller derivative to be a part of the family.
The rendering images the 390 Adventure to be an imposing two-wheeler with a tall and front-heavy stance. The fuel tank will certainly be larger that those of the Duke 390 and RC 390 in a bid to have enhanced range. Adjustable long travel suspensions, tall winshield, provisions for panniers, and a luggage rack go without saying.
The 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine of the current gen Duke and RC 390 is expected to be retained with noticeable improvements. The nature of the engine, and gear ratios would be tweaked to suit the adventure tourer.
Also read – 2017 KTM Duke spied testing
The KTM 390 Adventure, if launched, would be the flagship variant of the 390 series and would attract budding tourers. It would be positioned as an upmarket alternative to the new Royal Enfield Himalayan or a more affordable alternative to the Kawasaki Versys 650.