KTM 390 Adventure Review: The Third Duke

Since the new KTM 390 Adventure  has been confirmed, bike enthusiast around the world are eager for its first look. At this point we can`t assure the official model has been revealed but one thing is for sure, the official specs, release date and price have been released. The expected price is 2, 25,000 INR and this bike will be released towards the end of this year. Other details are as following!

First Look:

What KTM is trying to do!

Now before you try to log in at the Official KTM website, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. KTM have left its mark in the Indian Auto Industry thanks to its lightweight powerful machines. But still there is small void. The lineup offered from KTM is not big enough for Indian consumer and they are hearing the echoes, “More Please”.  Looking from these, the company is trying to extend its product-line and making additions where ever it can.

Expected to Launch in 2015?!!!

At first, everyone heard KTM launching two new Adventure for both speed tarmac and on rough terrain. It will be borrowing almost every element from 390.  No surprise, the 390 platform has created many different versions for this brand and new KTM Adventure is going to be one of them! As the pictures of RC series were officially released, reports of 390 Adventurebegan to surface.

The major changes will be made in gearing, travel suspension, foot-pegs and even seats. Now people around the world is waiting for it, but the real question is when we will lay our hands on one? Will it be this year or the next? KTM has been working on these modifications for some time. It`s been a while since so yes we believe it will be released this year. However, there were early reports suggesting it might release next year. But now these reports don`t have enough supportive data to say it`s going to be 2015, therefore happy new year all bike lovers.

What Websites are saying?

A number of Indian Websites are stating details of upcoming KTM 390 Adventure. First it was expected to release in November 2014 at EICMA Bike show in Milan but is not. This dual sport motorcycle is based on Duke 390 while having the 43hp power, 6 speed gearbox with ABS Brakes. But the design was slightly altered and it got long travel suspension for better ground clearance. The dual purposes tires along with a bit larger fuel tank are ideal for long drives. The new KTM Adventure will also feature large wheels along with taller bars for better off road and riding position.

The CEO of KTM, Stefan Pierer stated that new Adventure bikes will be built in Bajaj Factory situated in Pune, Indian and from there they will be shipped to international Markets.

What international Market is expected?

As there are specific Targets set for Indian and other Southeast Countries, this will also be worth in Austrian market. A simple and lightweight adventure bike which will fit the needs of Aussie. If you are looking for a getaway vehicle at weekends so that you could tackle a few trails. Keeping that in mind, KTM 390 Adventure Design will offer versatile road manners and roomy cargo capacity.

This bike will feature heavy suspension for more travel. In short, this double purpose motorcycle is made for a bit low end torque so you can enjoy the wind as long as you can!

What the Indian Market should expect?

KTM as report suggests is all prepared to introduce the New KTM 390 Adventure in Indian towards the end of this year (probably November). To be honest it’s a good move from Austria brand as it now has good demand in the Indian market.

This new double purpose bike will be heavily based on its naked sibling, Duke 390. However it will be introduced as the street fighter version. This new KTM will be borrowing its train from 1190 Adventure. But it will support a stronger and longer suspension. It will also be featuring upright seating to support the rider for longer rides. At the end, we are expecting this price to be aggressive and it may cross the line of 2 Lac, a bit more than Duke 390!

Major Changes in Design

Yes the first thing we all love hearing about a product when it is going to hit the market! The KTM 390 Adventure design and Design is heavily based on Duke 390 (as said before). However, there will be some notable changes. Starting from the frame, we will now have strong and long suspension and a bit larger fuel tank.  Dual purpose tires will be installed however the design is also expected to be inspired from 1190 Adventure.

Engine Specifications

The bike won`t be using 373cc and instead is expected to support a 390c Displacement. It`s going to be a liquid cooled single cylinder, the same which was installed in Duke and RC390 however we believe some modifications are in order.  As far as we know about existing tune, this will be a fuel injected Motor that will be capable of producing max 45 BHP power and max 35 NM Torque.

Well just like its sibling, this new bike will also feature a 6 speed gearbox which will transfer all this power. Suspensions will also enjoy some upgrades. The overall frame is redesigned to act more like a tourer. In addition, ABS are made a standard into these. With all that power and features, we won`t be surprised to see KTM 390 Adventure Engine making it positioned higher than Duke and RC 390. This bike, if everything goes as planned can create a whole segment of new bikes in India!

Final Conclusion

To be honest, this will be the third variant derived from Duke Platform. However, this will be a completed track focused bike. Having the looks of a Tourer Crossover with Enduro Body. No surprise the production version will be stronger and comfortable. With notable upgrades and changes in both design and engine, we believe there are healthy chances that this bike will be leading the 360 cc segment of KTM.


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  1. Daiv November 19, 2014
    • Divyaraj November 19, 2014
  2. Raghav March 4, 2015
    • Divyaraj March 6, 2015

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