It’s been rumoured for years, and it’s finally here. KTM has finally released the 390 Adventure.
There was considerable speculation the 390 Adventure would never make it to market, replaced by a lineup of 490 cc models, but here it is. It’s powered by the same made-in-India 373 cc liquid-cooled thumper as the rest of KTM’s 390s, but the rest of the bike looks a lot different.
That’s mostly due to the long-travel suspension; KTM uses WP Apex forks and shock on the 390 Adventure, with compression controlled by the left fork, rebound controlled by the right, and a spring in each fork.
The KTM 390 Adventure uses a 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear, with cast rims, so it still isn’t made for extreme off-roading, but it certainly looks reasonably capable. No doubt the aftermarket is already looking at providing spoked wheels for this bike as well.
KTM provides TKC 70 tires for the 390 Adventure.
The frame itself is KTM’s standard trellis affair (although set up specifically for this ADV application, not recycled from the 390 Duke). It has a die-cast lattice swingarm and bolt-on trellis subframe, a welcome feature for adventure riders who may need to replace the subframe after a tip-over.
The engine may be KTM’s entry-level thumper, but it has a PASC slipper clutch and a ride-by-wire throttle, so it’s definitely not your daddy’s beginner bike. The bike has a 5-inch TFT display, and comes with KTM MY RIDE app integration as standard, allowing for Bluetooth integration with mobile devices.
Incredibly, the 390 Adventure even comes with offroad ABS function (allowing the rear brake to deactivate ABS and reducing the front brake’s effect), and traction control. Cornering ABS is also included—a basic, but complete electronics package on an entry-level motorcycle. A quickshifter is optional, but available.
LED headlight and taillight are standard. The fuel tank has a 14.5-liter capacity, and KTM claims that’s good for a 400-km range. The windshield is adjustable, and a tapered aluminum handlebar is standard. Seat height is 855 mm, dry weight is approximately 158 kg.
And get this: KTM is claiming a $6,799 MSRP for this machine in Canada. Considering the standard equipment, that could be a very good deal.
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