The KTM 390 Adventure was in news for a long time. But there was no information regarding its launch in the global market. At the beginning of this month, the automaker announced its official launch that is scheduled for the next year. Moreover, the adventure tourer is spotted performing test runs on the roads nearby its headquarters in Austria. Mind you, it will be rolled out in production-ready guise at the 2019 EICMA show in November this year.
Post its showcase at the said event in November this year, the motorcycle will hit the production line in early 2019 at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan based production unit near Pune, Maharashtra. The first lot of finished product will be shipped to the European market. Post which, we can expect its presence in the Indian market.
Intent to pull audience at all-new entry-level adventure segment, the KTM 390 Adventure is a performance-oriented middleweight tourer. It will underpin the Duke 390 chassis and will borrow the features from its elder siblings such as the 950 Adventure, 1190 Adventure and 1290 Super Adventure. It is expected to be priced in the vicinity of INR 2.5 to INR 3 lakhs, that will allow it to compete aggressively with the present opponents and the upcoming ones in the segment.
The components which made it a true adventure tourer encompasses tall windscreen, long travel suspension, 19-inches front and 17-inches wire-spoke wheels. In addition to this, the bike also gets high intensity LED headlamp, comfortable seating, pannier mounts and obviously the dual sports tyres. For safety, the automaker will pack this adventure with the dual front disc brakes and ABS that will help in offering precise braking by preventing its skid on uneven terrain.
Beneath the fuel tank, the KTM 390 Adventure will get the 373.2cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine. It is the similar unit performs propelling duty on the Duke 390. The engine is capable of churning out the peak power of 44 PS and 35Nm of torque in association with a mated 6-speed gearbox. In India, it will go in competition with the likes of upcoming BMW G310GS, Kawasaki Versys X-300 and the Royal Enfield Himalayan.