Less than a month ago, MotoPinas.com published an article about KTM testing their quarter-liter adventure bike in India, which is the 250 Adventure. While that may still be in the development stage, KTM revealed yesterday on EICMA their adventure bike contender for the entry-level market — the 390 Adventure.
The new KTM 390 Adventure has harnessed the attributes and DNA of the popular and highly-rated 790 Adventure as well as the development information gleamed 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 off-roading.
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 450 Rally but in a package that can be enjoyed by both new and experienced riders.
KTM has utilized the same single cylinder 373.2 cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine currently installed in their Duke and RC 390 lineup. From what we have gathered, the front and rear suspension are both WP Apex with 170 and 177 mm travel, respectively. The 390 Adventure will also come equipped with dual-channel ABS on its Bybre brakes. Seat height is pretty modest at only 855 mm, while the fuel tank can carry up to 14.5 liters of gasoline. Dry weight is 158 kilograms.
The full-color 5-inch TFT screen with Bluetooth of the Duke and RC 390 was retained, as well as the addition of offroad ABS, traction control and slipper clutch.
Being heavily based on the Duke and RC 390, we sincerely hope Ayala's KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing Inc. (KAMMI) will explore the possibility of producing it locally, since the KTM 390 lineup is already assembled here. The 390 Adventure's price tag in the US will be $6,199 or roughly PhP314,000 (duties and taxes not included).