KTM 390 Scrambler variant spied along with 390 Adventure – To debut at EICMA
Late last year, the first spy shots of the KTM 390 Adventure were spied in Europe. Now, yet another variant of the 390 series has been spied - 390 Scrambler.
The popular KTM 390 series will soon get two new additions. One will be an adventure variant, and the other will be an Scrambler variant. Both these variants were recently spied in Europe by MotorradOnline and can be seen in the images.
Both the test mules look in early stages of development and could debut as a concept at the upcoming EICMA motorcycle show in Milan next month.
KTM had revealed earlier that the new 390 Adventure is not going to be a Duke 390 with longer suspension travel. But it will be a thorough off-roader, built to last any terrain you throw at it. KTM wants to build a 390 Adventure in the Travel Enduro class. Which will not only be good for long rides, but also will be a fantastic off-roader when you need it to be. Same will be true for Scrambler.
Its not that KTM did not try and get the job done with a Duke 390 with longer suspension. In fact, they had readied such prototypes, but that didn’t go far as there were problems like increased rider seat height, not much change in ground clearance, etc. This is why, KTM decided to go ahead and build a thorough off-roader and not something that is just a mod-job of Duke 390.
Jointly developed by KTM and Bajaj, this new series of entry level adventure motorcycles will be manufactured by Bajaj at their plant in Chakan, where KTM Duke 125, 200, 390 and KTM RC 125, 200, and 390 are produced. It is from here the 390 Adventure and Scrambler will be exported around the globe.
Speaking of the engine, there are not expected to be many changes. There will be some tuning made to the engine output so as to make it more pleasurable for adventure touring. Expect the Adventure and Scrambler series to be slotted between the Duke and RC in the company line-up.
Once launched, KTM 390 Adventure will take on the likes of BMW G310GS, an adventure motorcycle based on the G310R (also due for launch in 2017), Royal Enfield Himalayan (already launched), Kawasaki Versys X300 (expected in 2018), etc.