Ever since KTM officially announced a lightweight adventure tourer last year, the internet was chock-a-block with numerous renders, spy shots, and possible information about this upcoming motorcycle. Now, the long wait has come to an end. The Austrian manufacturer’s answer to the lightweight ADV segment has finally made its global debut at EICMA 2019. And ladies and gentlemen, this is it, the KTM 390 Adventure!
The official release reads, ” The new KTM 390 ADVENTURE has harnessed the attributes and DNA from the popular and highly rated KTM 790 ADVENTURE as well as the development information gleaned from nearly two decades of Dakar Rally success. A breezy, agile, and ideal entry model for riders keen to discover the ‘adventure’ sensation, this motorcycle offers added versatility for touring and light offroading. Using elements of the KTM 390 DUKE as a base, the KTM 390 ADVENTURE offers proximity to the feeling and performance found at the root of the all-conquering KTM 450 RALLY but with crucial A2 license compatibility and current Euro emissions standards as part of the package.”
The 390 Adventure is quite a looker with styling genes inspired by its elder sibling, the 790 Adventure. It gets a chassis-mounted pincer-type LED headlight unit, LED tail-lights, a TFT console, sharp tank shrouds, raised handlebars, a large and flat seat, and a generous 14.5-litre fuel tank.
The 390 Adventure is quintessentially an off-road version of the 390 Duke, but catered more towards touring and light offroading. It uses the same 373.2cc single-cylinder engine which makes 44hp of power at 9000rpm and 37 Nm at 7000rpm. The 390 Adventure’s engine also gets features such as ride-by-wire EFI, traction control, a slipper clutch, and a counterbalancer. This engine has been tuned to meet Euro 5/BS6 emission regulations. While KTM is quite tight-lipped about the electronics offered on the 390 Adventure, we expect the bike to get Traction Control and Cornering ABS.
In addition to a trellis frame and subframe, the 390 Adventure gets a die-cast open-lattice swingarm carried forward from the 790 and big V-twin KTM ADV motorcycles. In terms of suspension, the 390 Adventure gets WP Apex units at both ends – a 43mm USD fork with compression and rebound adjustability and a rear mono-shock that can be adjusted for pre-load and rebound. This setup also offers more travel -170mm/177mm (front/rear) compared to the 142mm/150mm available on the naked 390. The 390 Adventure gets off-road-ready cast-aluminium wheels with dual-purpose Continental TKC 70 rubber in a 19-/17-inch setup.
There’s a high chance that the bike will be showcased at the upcoming India Bike Week in December. The 390 Adventure will be produced at the Bajaj Auto plant in Chakan near Pune and India will be the first market to receive the 390 Adventure. Expect the bike to hit our terrain by mid-2020.
2020 KTM 390 Adventure Specs
- Type: Single cylinder
- Displacement: 373cc
- Bore x stroke: 89mm x 60mm
- Fueling: Bosch EFI w/ 46mm throttle body
- Transmission: 6-speed w/ PASC slipper clutch
- Lubrication: Wet sump
- Final drive: Chain
- Frame and subframe: Steel trellis
- Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable WP Apex 43mm inverted fork; 6.7 inches
- Rear suspension; travel: Rebound-damping and spring-preload adjustable WP Apex shock: 6.9 inches
- Wheels: Cast aluminum
- Front: 19 x 2.50
- Rear: 17 x 3.50
- Tires: Continental TKC 70
- Front: 100/90 x 19
- Rear: 130/80 x 17
- Front brake: 320mm disc w/ Bybre 4-piston radially mounted caliper
- Rear brake: 230mm disc w/ Bybre 2-piston floating caliper
- ABS: Switchable
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
- Wheelbase: 56.3 inches
- Rake: 23.5°
- Seat height: 33.6 inches
- Ground clearance: 7.8 inches
- Fuel capacity: 3.8 gallons
- Curb weight: N/A