KTM 390 Adventure vs BMW G 310 GS vs Royal Enfield Himalayan: Spec Comparison

By autoX Editorial | on March 30, 2020

How does KTM's new and affordable adventure motorcycle stack up against the old-timers  BMW G 310 GS and Royal Enfield Himalayan  on paper? Let's find out...

With the KTM 390 Adventure going on sale in the Indian market recently, the affordable ADV segment is buzzing again. In terms of competition, the new 390 Adventure has only one direct rival – the BMW G 310 GS. However, given its application and target audience, there’s no denying that people looking to buy these ADVs are likely to consider the even more affordable Royal Enfield Himalayan. So, how do these three stack up against each other on paper? Let’s find out,

Design, dimensions, & weight

The KTM 390 Adventure looks quite good and purposeful – it has a typical ADV stance with a tall handlebar, a narrow seat, and an upright position. There’s a lot of influence of its bigger siblings, such as the 790 Adventure, which is sold in global markets. And this ensures the 390 Adventure has a unique aesthetic appeal. There’re some odd angles though – like, the craned headlamp cowl looks a bit of an afterthought, as it juts out at an awkward angle. However, overall, it looks very focused and premium.

Ktm 390 Adventure Review Static Front Three Quarter

The G 310 GS, on the other hand, looks a little more premium and easy on the eyes – thanks to its mini GS look, GS graphics, and a golden front fork. The G 310 GS is also the most compact bike here.

In comparison to the other two, the Himalayan looks the most off-road focussed with its crude and bare-bone look. There’s hardly any bodywork and everything is exposed. The Himalayan is also the only bike here that comes with spoked wheels.

Dimension wise, the Himalayan is the longest motorcycle here. It also has the longest wheelbase of 1,465mm. Also, its seat is the most accessible at just 800mm above ground. The G 310 GS’ seat height of 835mm will be adequate for average-sized Indians, but KTM’s 855mm seat height will require some tip-toeing by riders below the height of 5’8.

The Himalayan is the heaviest of the trio at 199kg, while the BMW weighs much less in comparison – 169.5kg. KTM hasn’t revealed the kerb weight of the 390 Adventure, but the dry weight stands at 162kg. Given the fact that its fuel tank has a capacity of 14.5-litres, the kerb weight should be around 13 – 14kg extra – approximately 175kg.

 

390 Adventure

G 310 GS

Himalayan

Length

2,154mm

2,075mm

2,190mm

Width

900mm

880mm

840mm

Height

1,400mm

1,230mm

1,360mm

Seat Height

855mm

835mm

800mm

Wheelbase

1,430mm

1,420mm

1,465mm

Kerb Weight

175kg (approx.)

169.5kg

199kg

Engine & Gearbox

The 390 Adventure is powered by the same 373cc single-cylinder engine as the 390 Duke. The engine produces 42.9bhp and 37Nm of torque, and it’s the most powerful of the lot here. It’s mated to a six-speed gearbox, which gets a slipper clutch.

The Himalayan is propelled by a 411cc single-cylinder engine that produces 24.3bhp and 32Nm of torque. It comes with a 5-speed gearbox but doesn’t have slipper clutch.

BMW G 310 GS

The G 310 GS features a 313cc single-cylinder engine that is rated at 33bhp and develops 28Nm of torque. It’s also mated to a 6-speed gearbox but doesn’t have a slipper clutch.

Unlike the KTM and Royal Enfield, the BMW’s motor is not BS-VI compliant at the moment. However, it’s expected to be out soon since the updated 2020 TVS Apache RR 310, which shares the same motor, is already BS-VI compliant.

 

390 Adventure

G 310 GS

Himalayan

Engine:

373cc Single-Cylinder

313cc Single-Cylindder

411cc Single-Cylinder

Power

42.9bhp @ 9,000rpm

33bhp @ 9,500rpm

24,3bhp @ 6,500rpm

Torque

37Nm @ 7,000rpm

28Nm @ 7,500rpm

32Nm @ 4,000-4,500rpm

Transmission:

6-speed with slipper clutch

6-speed

5-speed

Suspension, Brakes & Tyres

The KTM features 43mm upside-down front fork that offers 170mm of suspension travel and a mono-shock at the back with 177mm of travel. The BMW has a 41mm upside-down front fork and a mono-shock at the rear wheel – both have 180mm suspension travel. In comparison, the Himalayan has a conventional front fork and a mono-shock at the rear. However, the Himalayan trumps the other two in terms of its front suspension travel – 200mm. The rear suspension travel is identical to the BMW at 180mm. Its 220mm ground clearance is also better than the KTM (200mm), albeit the BMW matches it in this department.

The Himalayan comes with a 21-inch front tyre as opposed to 19-inch front tyres of the other two. At the rear, all three bikes feature 17-inch tyres. That said, the Himalayan features spoked rims with tubed tyres, whereas the KTM and BMW have alloy wheels and tubeless radial tyres. The KTM and BMW have Metzeler Tourance tyres, whereas the Himalayan gets Ceat Grip XL tyres.

Royalenfield Himalayan Front Static

All three bikes come with a dual-disc setup. The KTM features the largest front disc of 320mm with radially mounted callipers, as compared to 300mm discs with axially mounted callipers on both the BMW and Royal Enfield. It has a smaller 230mm rear disc, though, as both the G 310 GS and Himalayan have 240mm rear discs. Dual ABS is standard in all three bikes, but the KTM and Royal Enfield have the functionality to switch off ABS on the rear wheel for off-roading.

 

390 Adventure

G 310 GS

Himalayan

Suspension

43mm USD (front) Monoshock (rear)

41mm USD (front) Monoshock (rear)

41mm (front) Monoshock (rear)

Suspension Travel

170mm (front) 177mm (rear)

180mm (front & rear)

200mm (front) 180mm (rear)

Brakes

320mm disc (front) 230mm (rear)

300mm disc (front) 240mm (rear)

300mm disc (front) 240mm (rear)

ABS

Dual-Channel, cornering ABS; switchable

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel; switchable

Tyres

100/90-R19 (front) 130/80-R17 (rear) (Alloy/ Tubeless)

110/80-R19 (front) 150/70-R17 (rear) (Alloy/ Tubeless)

90/90 - 21 (front) 120/90-17 (rear) (Spoked/ Tubed)

Ground Clearance

200mm

220mm

220mm

Features & Equipment:

Features & Equipment

This is where the KTM simply pips the other two, and by quite a margin! The 390 Adventure is packed with features such as ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, cornering ABS, an LED headlamp, a bi-directional quick-shifter, and a 5-inch colour TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation. None of the other two bikes gets any of these features, and that’s the end of it, really!

Ktm 390 Adventure Review Details Instrument Cluster Console

The BMW does get a digital instrument cluster, but the Himalayan continues to feature an analogue arrangement for instrumentation. It does, however, get a compass.

Price

The 390 Adventure is priced at Rs 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom), while the Himalayan is much more affordable at Rs 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The BMW G 310 GS is the most expensive bike here, with a starting price of Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom) – and this is the price of the BS-IV version!

All in all, it seems the 390 Adventure has a lot going for it on paper. However, the Himalayan – with its off-road cred and affordable price-tag – may turn out to be a better choice for someone who likes treading on the rough stuff more. As for the BMW, we still think it’s a bit overpriced for what it offers.  

Also read, 

KTM 390 Adventure Review 

Royal Enfield Himalayan BS-VI Review 

BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS Review

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