KTM will have a third version of its popular A2 licence 390 platform with the introduction of the 390 Adventure, an entry level dual sport tourer powered by their 44bhp, 393cc single cylinder engine.
Following in the tyre tracks of the RC 390 sportsbike and the naked 390 Duke, the new KTM joins BMW’s G310GS, the Kawasaki Versys X, Honda’s popular CB500X and Suzuki’s V-Strom 250 in the battle of the small capacity adventure bikes.
As one has come to expect of the Austrian manufacturer, they’ve not exactly cut the spec sheet for their entry level adventure bike. In keeping with KTM tradition, the frame is a steel trellis item but the suspension is unique to the new model, with 43mm upside forks and adjustable rear shock, both from WP’s new APEX range. Braking is an ABS assisted single front disc, gripped by a radially mounted By Bre (Brembo’s budget brand) caliper.
With tall-ish suspension and a 19” front wheel, the 390 Adventure runs a relatively tall (for an A2 machine) 855mm seat height, however the relatively long suspension travel and narrow nature of the saddle ensures that it should be easily manageable for all but the shortest of riders, especially with a dry weight of 158kg. Tall and low seat options are also available from the KTM Powerparts (accessories) brochure, while the aluminium handlebars are also adjustable for position.
Styling follows KTM’s current design language, with angular lines in the vein of the 790 and 1290 versions – and of course plenty of flashes of orange to contrast the black paintwork.
With the 393cc motor known for its frugality, the 390 Adventure could well prove popular with experienced commuters, as well as new riders, and the accessory brochure also includes sensible options that include smartphone holders and various luggage options – making it even more practical on the daily grind.
No prices have been announced yet, but look forward to seeing it for yourself at next week’s Motorcycle Live.