As expected, the 390 Adventure is based on the same engine as the Duke but in line with its adventure aspirations, it gets a long travel adjustable suspension, switchable traction control, higher ground clearance and more
Enthusiasts rejoice! The one that we have all been waiting to get a glimpse of is finally here. Yes, KTM has finally taken the wraps off the 390 Adventure at the ongoing EICMA show in Milan.
The 390 Adventure, as the name rightly suggests, is the adventurous sibling of the 390 Duke. It uses the same 373.2cc single-cylinder motor but churns out a marginally lower 42.4bhp. Torque rating, however, remains unchanged at 37Nm. The 390 Adventure also gets a 6-speed transmission and a slipper clutch. Other things shared with the Duke include the fully digital instrumentation and ride-by-wire throttle.
There are a lot of things that set the 390 Adventure apart though. In line with its Adventure suffix, the motorcycle gets longer travel from the front and rear suspension. Up front it gets a 43mm upside-down fork with 170mm of travel. This unit can be adjusted for compression and rebound. At the rear, this one gets a monoshock with 177mm off travel. The rear suspension too is adjustable – for preload and rebound. Although the swing arm of the Adventure looks identical to the one on the Duke, the former is longer. The 390 Adventure comes fitted with a 19-inch alloy wheel up front and a 17-inch one at the rear. The alloys are draped in dual-sport tyres. Braking duties are performed by a large 320mm disc up front and a 230mm one at the rear. The 390 Adventure also gets switchable traction control.
In the design department, the 390 Adventure looks identical to the 790 Adventure – only smaller. Up front it has a familiar LED headlight unit with the horseshoe-shaped DRLs. It gets a large windscreen and knuckle guards too. The 390 Adventure gets a newly designed fuel tank with sharp extensions, a long rider seat and a brushed aluminium exhaust. Instead of the single-piece handlebar from the 390 Duke, the Adventure gets a taller triple clamp unit.
KTM is expected to showcase the 390 Adventure in India sometime in December. Expect the launch to be around the corner too. It will probably be priced around the Rs 3 lakh range which will make it cheaper than the BMW G 310 GS and the Kawasaki Versys X-300.