KTM 390 Adventure Preview
390 Adventure in two variants, one which is road-biased and has alloy wheels wrapped with grippy tyres. The other one could be off-road biased, with wire-spoke wheels and knobby tyres. Well, this is something that can only be confirmed once KTM actually goes ahead and launches these two bikes.
Engine and Performance
The KTM 390 Adventure will be based on the KTM 390 Duke, so it will be powered by the same 373 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. On the 390 Duke, the engine is tuned to make 43 bhp at 9,000 rpm and belt out peak torque of 37 Nm at 7,000 rpm. On the 390 Adventure though, we expect the state of tune to be slightly different, with peak torque kicking in lower in the revs for better traction and pulling power off-road. The gearing on the six-speed transmission is also expected to be slightly different than that of the 390 Duke.
Chassis and Swingarm
Along with updates to the engine, the KTM 390 Adventure will also get different size spoked wheels to take on the rough and new suspension with more travel. The trellis frame of the 390 Duke is expected to be upgraded as well, and could be a completely new design along with a new swingarm. The KTM 390 Adventure is expected to get spoked wheels, with possibly a larger 19-inch front wheel and a smaller 17-inch rear wheel. Depending on the variants offered, one version could also come with alloy wheels, with slightly different wheels sizes. Expect the 390 Adventure to come shod with tyres suites for both on-road and off-road use as well.
Design and Features
Visually, the KTM 390 Adventure is expected to get a similar face as the new KTM 390 Duke, with a near-identical headlight, similar colour schemes and a full-colour TFT instrument panel as well. We also expect ride-by-wire with riding modes offering an Off-Road mode as well with switchable ABS, at least on the rear wheel to allow riders to lock the rear wheel and slide it around on the dirt. Also expect a larger fuel tank (around 18 litres) for better range than the one on the 390 Duke.