The much-awaited KTM 390 Adventure has been unveiled at the 2019 EICMA show in Italy. The entry-level adventure motorcycle has earlier been spied testing in India on various occasions. Along with it, the company has unveiled the KTM 1290 Super Duke R and the KTM 890 Duke R motorcycles.
The new KTM 390 Adventure uses the KTM 390 Duke’s engine as the base while harnessing the attributes and DNA from the popular and highly rated KTM 790 Adventure. The motorcycle has been developed with information gained from the KTM 450 Rally which has contributed to KTM’s long list of 18 consecutive Dakar Rally victories. This motorcycle offers added versatility for touring and light off-roading.
The smaller displacement, lightweight, narrow, nimble and agile chassis and host of electronic rider aids mean the KTM 390 Adventure is the ideal enticement for riders keen to fit motorcycle adventuring into their daily life and those eager to explore the easy roads away from the ribbon of asphalt.
The KTM 390 Adventure is a reference-setting multi-use motorcycle that claims to will deliver a comfortable and effective commute on a weekday but will also be a fun and appealing attraction for the weekends when riders fancy a less-travelled route. As the next natural step for the KTM Adventure family, the KTM 390 Adventure will further burgeon a thriving segment of the motorcycle market.
The KTM 390 Adventure is aimed squarely at motorcyclists who are profoundly curious but perhaps unaccustomed to light offroading or the feel of stones and soil beneath the wheels.
The bike is powered by a 373.2 cc, 4-stroke, DOHC single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with technology derived from KTM´s high-performance race models. This motor produces 44 hp @ 9000 rpm and 37 Nm @ 7000 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and comes with the optional Quickshifter+.
Fired by an electric starter, the compact and light powerplant consists of straight intake ports that together with the catalytic converters and fuel tank ventilation system (EVAP) drop emission values within the EU4 standards.
The feeling of control is optimal and this is where the KTM 390 Adventure’s rider aids come into play, all nicely displayed and relayed by the full-colour TFT display that can also connect to the KTM MY RIDE navigation App. Offroad ABS is significant for less activation on the front wheel and deactivation on the rear while Motorcycle Traction Control and motorcycle stability control hike the prestige of the KTM 390 Adventure even further.
The KTM 390 Adventure also derives much from its older Adventure brothers in terms of chassis, profiling and several specs that ensure it is a steady, safe and easy ride as it is tackling corners and streets.
Balance is key, especially for newcomers to light offroading. The stable trellis frame blends the optimum amount of flex and stiffness, combined with a wheelbase of 1430 mm and a 63.5-degree steering head angle.
The diecast, open-lattice swingarm is a signature element of the KTM Adventure range. It is precisely manufactured with calculated stiffness, while still offering excellent flex characteristics.
Millions of racing kilometres have accumulated to the wealthy bank of information and knowledge at WP Suspension and the KTM 390 Adventure is equipped with the WP APEX 43mm upside-down front fork which was originally developed for Enduro. It includes dual-function adjustment capability on either side. Compression damping and rebound can be easily changed with the turn of a dial.
170 mm of travel at front and 177 mm on the WP APEX rear shock absorber is more than enough for a planted and secure sensation on the street and even more confidence when the surface alters from tarmac to trail. Cutting edge brakes which include a 320 mm front disc and 230 mm rear activated with the assistance of Bosch two-channel ABS deliver impeccable braking performance.
At the front, the adventure bike gets 19-inch alloy wheels with 100/90 size tyres and at the rear, it is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels with 130/80 size tyres. The bike has a ground clearance of 200 mm and weighs approximately 158 kg without fuel.
The basic design of the KTM 390 Adventure is visually similar to the championship-winning KTM 450 RALLY and adopts tried-and-tested concepts such as the larger fuel tank 14.5 litre capacity, ergonomics and wind protection with a movable windshield.
The form of the motorcycle such as the slim profile and the gap between the fuel tank and the headlight mask and fairing is honed to ensure visibility and manoeuvrability while the rest of the shape emphasizes comfort through positioning and accessible 855 mm seat height.
A condensed and tapered saddle permit even more ground contact with the efficient foam. The saddle can be easily detached to access the airbox and a storage compartment. Compared to other KTM Adventure models, the KTM 390 Adventure counts on the same attention from KTM PowerParts catalog. This means a hefty gamut of accessories from protection to styling, to luggage and personalization.