KTM 390 Adventure spy shot

  • 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.

  • The KTM 390 Adventure test bike was spotted undergoing road tests in India again.

  • It’s apparent from the spy pictures that the bike’s styling follows the 790 Adventure’s.

  • There is also a TFT display like the 390 Duke’s.

The KTM 390 Adventure test bike was spotted undergoing road tests in India again.

The Austrian off-road and adventure juggernaut have filled the midrange and open-class categories, so it is ironic that they do not have one in the lightweight segment. Virtually every rival manufacturer has one.

It is thus of no surprise to see a 390 Adventure. The factory has not provided more details of the “new” bike. However, we could see from the pictures that the test mule uses upside-down forks.

The headlamp cluster’s styling also takes after the new KTM 790 Adventure, as do the seats and sidepanels covering the sub-frame beneath. The panels flaking the radiator looks similar to the manufacturer’s EX/C and Enduro lineup.

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Apart from those, the fuel tank is in the traditional position as opposed to the 790 Adventure’s low-slung unit. We cannot judge the seat’s height from the photos, though. Also, we’d like to point out that the exhaust is mounted too low if this new bike is off-road capable. A revised version is in the works, perhaps? Or are there two versions: One more road-oriented “S” model and another off-road biased “R” model?

It’s apparent in the second picture that the bike has a TFT display identical to the 390 Duke’s. Will it feature the Rally mode first seen in the 790 Adventure?

Come what may, we’ve got our fingers crossed.


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