The upcoming KTM 390 Adventure has been spied testing, and clear pictures have surfaced on the internet of the motorcycle being tested in Europe.
KTM did not want the 390 Adventure to be a modified Duke 390 or the Duke 390 on stilts, but wanted a genuine adventure motorcycle that could eat up any terrain thrown at it. The motorcycle was spied testing near KTM's test facility in southern Europe.
The 2018 KTM 390 Adventure boasts long travel front suspension and a monoshock at the rear, wheel disc brakes take care of stopping power at both ends. Also equipped on the Adventure motorcycle are spoked wheels, a sign that the motorcycle will be a capable off-roader.
Other details include a heftier swingarm, up-swept exhaust, skid plates, and the unmistakable front fairing that resembles the KTM Dakar competition motorcycles.
In terms of engine and performance, KTM could use the existing 375cc engine from the Duke 390, but gear it different to suit the adventure/ touring character of the KTM 390 Adventure.
When launched, most probably during EICMA 2017, KTM will lock horns with entry-level adventure motorcycles such as the BMW G310GS, Kawasaki Versys 300, and the dominating adventure motorcycle in India at the moment — Royal Enfield Himalayan.
It will be interesting to see how KTM has managed to keep the saddle height low, and still accommodate good ground clearance, since seat height is a crucial factor when it comes to entry-level adventure motorcycles.
Also, we can expect the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure to be built in India, alongside the Duke 125, 200, 390, and the RC 125, 200, and the 390. Whenever the KTM 390 Adventure is launched in India, we can expect the motorcycle to be a very capable machine, on and off the road.