KTM 390 Adventure Ready for Production?

  • New spy shots show the KTM 390 Adventure looks ready for production.

  • Will there also be an off-road centric “R” model?

  • It should be launched at EICMA in November.

New spy shots show the KTM 390 Adventure looks ready for production. Please click here for the pictures.

Spy shots that appeared in MCN shows a bike that’s almost identical to the just-launched 790 Adventure. This is the closest it looks to being in a production-ready state since the first spy shots broke cover two years ago.

There will be almost no competition to the 390 Adventure in Malaysia as there is no other manufacturer who has such a bike, except for the BMW G 310 GS and Royal Enfield Himalaya.

The 390’s Adventure’s engine may probably be updated to provide for off-road applications, as was the 790’s LC8c parallel-Twin. Tractable torque is the name of the game for adventure/dual-purpose bike engines. Besides that, all manufacturers are preparing for the upcoming Euro 5 regulations.

However, will the new bike also include rides modes such as the 790 Adventure’s? Or more specifically, Rally Mode which allows the rider to select the level of engine response in addition to the traction control level on-the-fly.

MCN reported that the prototype is currently rolling on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear cast aluminium wheels. Will there be an off-road centric “R” version like most KTM road models? If there is, it may just be equipped with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels.

The KTM 390 Adventure should be launched at EICMA in November.

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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