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2019 KTM 390 Adventure continues testing, no update on launch yet

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

KTMs latest steed, the KTM 390 Adventure was spotted testing earlier this year and it was spotted again recently near Bajaj’s manufacturing plant near Chakan, Pune. The new KTM 390 Adventure has been much awaited by long-distance motorcycle tourers, and as its name suggests, by adventure riders. KTM have mastered the art in adventure bikes and have won numerous prestigious titles in the ‘world’s toughest race’, the Dakar rally.

Looking at the spy images the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure borrows some of its traits from its big brother the,  KTM 1190 Adventure, such as a tall visor for better wind protection and buffeting, raised handle-bars for an upright riding position, a longer WP upside-down front fork, dual-purpose tyres, an extended more comfortable seat as compared to its street-fighter brother the KTM Duke 390 and a 19-inch front and a 17-inch rear alloy wheel. The brake set-up is expected to be similar to the KTM Duke 390 with dual-channel ABS and switchable to Super-Moto mode which disengages the ABS from only the rear wheel.

Engine specifications on the KTM 390 Adventure will remain the same at 373.2cc, single-cylinder, four-valves, DOHC motor producing a maximum power of 43.5 BHP @ 9000 RPM and 37 Nm of peak torque @ 7000 RPM coupled with a 6-speed gearbox and most likely the motor will be tuned for a more ADV riding style.

The KTM 390 Adventure may come loaded with equipment such as a full-colour TFT display, a LED headlight with day time running lights, a longer grab rail with luggage rack and top box mount and may have saddle stays. KTM may introduce side pannier boxes and a top box as accessories. KTM may also introduce a more off-road going variant with spoke wheels for the 390 Adventure

KTM India plans to introduce the Adventure 390 by the end of this year and is expected to be priced at around INR 3 lakh ex-showroom India. The KTM 390 Adventure will rival the likes of the Bajaj Dominar 400, Royal Enfield Himalayan, Kawasaki Ninja 300X and the BMW G310GS.

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