KTM plans launch of the new 390 Adventure in India sometime in 2019. It will mark the company’s entry into a niche premium dual sport segment and cater to the demands of a new section of buyers in the country.
KTM 390 Adventure will be the smallest adventure bike from the Austrian brand. It will be sold along with KTM Duke and RC range globally. In India, it will offer some serious competition to both Royal Enfield Himalayan and recently launched BMW G310GS.
Spied in production ready guise in India for the first time back in Dec 2018, the international-spec variant has now been spied in Europe. Latest spy shots are credit to Zigwheels, showing the bike in production ready guise.
KTM 390 Adventure features headlamp setup similar to Duke 390. Even the instrument cluster is borrowed from Duke 390. It is all digital, and comes with Bluetooth pairing. Fuel tank is larger in size, seats are longer as compared to D390, suspension is USD in front with longer travel, rear setup is adjustable monoshock.
To accommodate touring accessories, KTM 390 Adventure will come with grooves on the tail segment as standard. This will allow owners to install panniers. Photos also reveal presence of crash guard, engine scuff plates, etc. KTM might also offer official touring accessories.
Earlier it was believed that the international spec 390 ADV will come with spoked wheels, instead of the alloys which were spotted on board the India spec 390 ADV. But latest spy shots reveal that the international spec ADV 390 will also get spoked wheels. The alloys are wrapped with Metzeler Tourance tyres.
Powering the 390 ADV will be Duke 390’s single cylinder 373 cc engine. This engine delivers about 44 PS and 37 Nm currently. But on board the ADV 390, it might deliver power and torque differently as it is a tourer / off-roader, unlike the D390, which is tuned for the track. More details will be revealed once the bike is launched. Expect launch price to be in the region of Rs 2.7 lakhs, ex-sh.