We were the first to reveal earlier that the KTM 390 Adventure will be launching in 2019. The company has officially this year addressed that this bike will surely be launched in 2019. Adventure biking in India is quickly catching up. Buyers are looking out for better and more powerful adventure bikes. The most awaited adventure bike will be finally here. Yes, the all-new KTM 390 Adventure will be coming to India. This bike is set to settle scores with the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the BMW G 310 GS. The Enfield and the G 310 GS are already ready garnering their own fan following. The pricing of the KTM bike will be very crucial and important to keep itself competitive with the G 310 R. This bike will also compete with the Kawasaki Versys 300.

What is the KTM 390 Adventure all about? Is it worth waiting for? We share our detailed preview.

KTM 390 Adventure Price in India

ModelPrice (on-road)
KTM 390 Adventure₹ 2.75 lakhs

We expect the new KTM 390 Adventure to be priced at  2.75 lakhs (on-road). This is approximate pricing. There will be at the most an increase in the pricing by a few thousands only. It will be priced higher than the Duke 390 as it gets more equipment in terms of on/off road tyres, windshield and longer suspension. This also will be a niche segment, to begin with.

The bike is being touted for a launch next year. One publication has said that KTM might bring the 790s first to India and will then release the KTM 390 Adventure at the end of the year. This could happen but KTM will prioritize the launch of the 390 Adventure first for sure. The 390 Adventure will be a new bike. KTM has taken the leap and decided to enter this market in India, while many others are still contemplating. After the success of the Duke and RC series, the adventure bike will be the next big bet for KTM. It will also be getting other higher capacity adventure bikes within its portfolio to India.

KTM 390 Adventure Launch Date in India

ModelLaunch Date
KTM 390 AdventureOctober 2019

The KTM 390 Adventure is expected to be launched by October 2019. This is the festive season and a good time to release this bike. The bike is expected to make it into production by mid-2019 in India. KTM has already announced it will be making its way into India. We might see the 790 released before the 390 Adventure.

KTM 390 Adventure

Also Read our detailed review on the: Duke 125


KTM 390 Adventure Features

The new Adventure bike will be coming with a range of features, most of these are already available on the Duke. The new Adventure shall be coming with those features for certain.

  • Daytime running LEDs
  • Projector headlamp
  • Long travel suspension
  • Dual channel ABS
  • Slipper Clutch
  • LED Taillamp
  • Engine Guard 
  • 21-inch front wheel
  • Colour screen with navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Navigation on this bike will make a very great amount of difference. The onboard navigation frees up the rider to not look at a map on his phone or attach it to a handle bar.

KTM 390 Adventure Specifications

Engine373cc
Power43bhp
Torque35Nm
TransmissionSix-speed
CoolingLiquid Cooling
EMSBosch EMS
FrameSteel trellis frame
ABSDual-channel ABS
Slipper clutchYes
Ground Clearance195mm
Tank Capacity13.4 litres

The KTM 390 Adventure will be having the same 373cc engine that is also found in the Duke 390 and RC 390. This time the engine will be tuned for more torque, rather than outright power delivery. This won’t be a high revving engine, it will be designed to have good low-end torque. This will be useful for riders to easily tackle the off-road situation with instant power. It is expected to get a larger sprocket too, to aid low-end torque. Off all the adventure bikes, the KTM will be the most powerful in this price point. This will be a lot more affordable than the KTM making it an exciting bike for Indian buyers. This engine will have higher torque through the gearbox. There will be more than sufficient power and it will not have the performance of the Duke, rather more torque. So, the top speed will be lower and acceleration better.

KTM 390 Adventure Suspension and Chassis

This bike will share the same chassis of the Duke 390, but it will be a heavily modified one. The bike shall have wider handlebars. The front and rear suspension travel shall have a long travel. There will be standard crash bars as another standard feature and there could be an adjustable suspension for off-road use. The frame will be Trellis and it will be a lightweight one. This will enhance the performance.

KTM 390 Adventure Design

The KTM 390 Adventure stands tall, which is typical of an adventure bike. High ground clearance is its hallmark and that makes it look even taller. It gets long travel suspension to make it easy to ride over uneven roads and do some serious off-roading. For added aerodynamics, there is windshield also present, which is fully transparent. The seat of this KTM will be comfortable for rider and pillion both. It has spoked wheels, similar to other adventure motorcycles. The tyres will be dual purpose ones. The mirrors are simple and round ones. There will be some changes and there could be more additional minor changes on the off road version as it will close into the production version. This is just a test mule at the moment. The 390 Adventure in India will be suited to Indian conditions.

The bike that has been spotted is the very early prototype. This new bike should be a bit more different. What we reckon that this bike should get dual tone color options and maybe even the KTM Adventure bike color options. The bike will come with spokes and it will be a lot taller than the regular version.

KTM 390 Adventure side


KTM 390 Adventure Spy shots

With the new spy shots. we can see the large winshield, new headlight but most superisingly, black alloy wheels. As we know, alloy wheels are not the best for off roading and wire mesh wheels will be more suitable for such a bike. We think that KTM is only testing the bike right now and wire mesh wheels will be offered on launch.

KTM 390 Adventure Competition

The Adventure will compete directly with the BMW G310 GS and the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Mahindra is working on more variants of the Mojo and there could be a tourer version as well. Bajaj is also looking at getting variants of the Dominar 400 in the adventure touring segment. With all these new bikes, this will have a lot of competitors to fend off. 

Also Read BMW G310 GS – KTM 390 Adventure competition

KTM 390 Video

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KTM 390 Adventure
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