A more hardcore version of the 390 Adventure was expected since its inception; however, we are not sure if it will be called the 390 Adventure R or the Enduro!
Usually, when it comes to the premium segment of KTM motorcycles, the Austrian firm usually produces a more hardcore variant of its offerings. To name a few, the KTM 890 Duke and 890 Duke R, the KTM 1290 Super Duke S and 1290 Super Duke R, and so on.
But, for the first time, KTM is focusing on its (almost) entry-level motorcycle, the 390 Adventure, and developing a more hardcore version of the same. The spy shots surfacing the internet confirm that the test mule of the small-capacity motorcycle is in fact a 390 Adventure, with changes to enhance its off-road capabilities.
For starters, the test mule, which has been spotted in the international market, gets a wire-spoke wheel arrangement, which is in fact a more suitable setup for off-roading. The knobby tyres of the spied 390 ADV are more off-road focused than the dual-purpose ones, which are available with the outgoing 390 Adventure.
Additionally, the chassis of the new adventure motorcycle seems to be different. KTM will mostly use the steel trellis construction, but we suspect that the overall structure of the chassis and the subframe will be lighter – and lightness is one of the key elements in off-roading.
The subframe design is flatter than the 390 Adventure, which means that it will have a single-piece seat. The seat design is likely to be similar to that of the rally seat available with Hero Xpulse 200’s rally kit. This design allows the rider to slide to adjust the weight distribution. The overall body design will be slimmer than the 390 Adventure, which will let the rider grip the fuel tank with their knees easily.
The reworked chassis will demand new suspension geometry; however, if you observe closely, the mounting angle of the rear mono-shock is very steep, which begs the question – has KTM reworked the swingarm design as well?
The motorcycle will get the same 373cc mono-block liquid-cooled engine, which is offered with the 390 Duke, Adventure, and RC. The gearbox will be a six-speed unit, with heavily reworked ratios.
The electronic suit will be the same as the one on offer with the outgoing 390 Adventure, but the software is likely to be updated.
The official debut of the bike will mostly take place by the end of this year, but its India launch is still quite uncertain. Even if the motorcycle is launched in India, the 390 Adventure R could be stripped of some of its features for the Indian market.
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