Finally, after much teasing and expectations, KTM has taken the wraps off its much-awaited 2020 390 Adventure motorcycle at the EICMA 2019.
A very important product in its portfolio, the new motorcycle will be launched in India early next year and will soon be made in India and exported globally. A racing enthusiast’s much-loved bike, the 390 Adventure takes cues from the elder sibling, the 790 Adventure, combines it with the learning from Dakar Rally and out comes the final product.
The new-naked motorcycle gets the same base as that of the 390 Duke. Thus, comes with a split Trellis frame, but is loaded with light off-roading capabilities. The 390 Adventure bears a lot of resemblance to the 790 Adventure and gets the following features:
- Minimal Design Language
- Pincer-type LED headlamps
- Tank extensions
- Upfront windscreen
The variant revealed at the motor show comes with alloy wheels wrapped in dual-purpose tyres and gets a lot of add-ons that help in protecting the adventure motorcycle. Some of the equipments are knuckle guard, grab rails at the rear and a bash plate for the engine. The seat height is at 858mm and the overall look suggests that the bike will offer a relaxed riding position and also a comfortable seating position, both for the rider and for the pillion.
The naked-adventure tourer gets a WP-sourced 43mm USD forks at the front and a monoshock unit at the back for handling the suspension. In terms of brakes, it is equipped with discs at both ends and gets a switchable ABS from Bosch, along with traction control.
Under the hood is a 373cc single-cylinder engine that makes 43hp and 37Nm, both figures remaining the same as that of 390 Duke. The gearbox is paired with a 6-speed transmission and comes with a slipper clutch.
Coming to the pricing, we expect the 390 Adventure to be launched at a price range of INR 3-3.2 lakhs(ex-showroom). The bike will be manufactured at the Bajaj-KTM facility and this will help in reducing the overall costs. Once launched, the tourer will take on the likes of the BMW G 310 GS and Kawasaki Versys-X 300.