The KTM 390 Adventure has been in the news for quite some time now. The compact adventure tourer has been spotted testing both in India as well as in Europe, teasing the riders who are waiting with bated breath. The latest set of spy shots from Europe show a production ready prototype with official accessories.
The test mule is fitted with removable pannier boxes (soft ones with zipper instead of locks), a rear luggage rack with box, engine guard, radiator guard and knuckle guards. The right side pannier features an indent to avoid interfering with the exhaust canister thereby suggesting that the accessories are tailor made for the 390 Adventure.
Like the version spotted in India, this KTM 390 Adventure test mule is equipped with alloy wheels (19-inch front and 17-inch rear), dual-purpose tyres (appears to be Metzeler Tourance units), single discs at each wheel, offset WP adjustable telescopic front fork (offset achieves good balance between stability and steering effort), and rear monoshock.
Other components like switchgear, instrument console, etc., seem to be borrowed from the Duke and RC family. The 390 Adventure, as the name suggests, will derive its motor from the Duke and RC 390. On board the street fighter and supersports models, the 373 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine produces 44 PS and 37 Nm of torque. We expect KTM to tweak the engine to achieve more low-speed torque for the adventure tourer application.
The KTM 390 Adventure will be manufactured in India (Bajaj’s Chakan plant) for the entire world like the compact displacement Dukes and RC’s. The motorcycle will be locking horns with the likes of BMW G 310 GS, also manufactured locally, and Royal Enfield Himalayan. Going by KTM India’s pricing trend, we expect the 390 Adventure to undercut the BMW motorcycle quite significantly. A price of INR 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom) would disrupt the adventure tourer space in the country.
The KTM 390 Adventure is expected to make its world premiere at 2019 EICMA in Milan, Italy, in November. Global sales is expected to commence towards the end of this year or early next year. India, being the production base, is likely to be the first market for the compact Adventure tourer.