KTM 390 Adventure (Royal Enfield Himalayan rival) – Rendered
The second gen compact Duke platform is versatile enough to spawn an adventure variant. Based on the latest spy shots, Pratyush Rout has created a digital render.
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 already launched, with a significantly improved chassis, the prospects of compact adventure tourer have become stronger than before. Earlier this year, Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto, which also owns about 49% stake in KTM, confirmed that Duke 390 Adventure is coming. With the bike already spied on road in Europe by Cycle World, below is a speculative rendering of the bike.
The rendering imagines 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.
The KTM 390 Adventure, 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, BMW G310GS or a more affordable alternative to the Kawasaki Versys 650.