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KTM 390 Adventure spotted testing with branded accessories

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has been a popular powersports motorcycle brand here in the Indian market. KTM had launched their KTM 390 Duke model in India and was welcomed warmly by biking enthusiasts. The brand is expected to bring an adventure version of the 390 Duke and it has been spotted testing on different occasions in India and in Europe. But this time the bike has been spotted with touring accessories with KTM branding on it which leads us to believe that KTM may offer a wide range of accessories along with the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure.

According to the spy images, the bike features accessories like a lockable top box mounted on an aluminium luggage rack and side panniers. The panniers are branded with KTM badging and had zippers on the sides instead of the regular top loading and latching mechanism. The boxes appear to be made of ABS plastic with zippable soft lids. The bike was also seen fitted with a radiator guard and an aluminium bash plate to protect its underbelly and oil sump. The bike in the pictures is seen with alloy wheels but KTM is expected to bring an off-road variant with spoke wheels on the 390 Adventure as well.

The 390 Adventure is powered by the same 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 motor is expected to be tuned for a more adventure-like setup. As for the equipment the KTM 390 Adventure is expected to get dual split all LED headlamps with daytime running lights, a fully digital instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity, a longer more ergonomically designed seat and raised handlebars. The 390 Adventure is expected to have a higher ground clearance and seat height as compared to the 390 Duke.

The bike is expected to be unveiled at the EICMA Show in Milan, Italy in November 2019 and will be launched in India by the end of this year or early next year. The KTM 390 Adventure will compete with BMW G 310 GS, Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Kawasaki Versys X-300.