The rumor has been circulating for a while; an Adventure model based on KTM’s 390 Duke engine. We’ve yet to see any spy photos of the bike, but it’ll surely have longer-travel suspension and modestly sized fairing like its bigger Adventure brothers. This one, like the small Dukes and RCs, will be built in India by its partner Bajaj to take advantage of low production costs, which enables access to markets where prices must be fairly low. Expect ABS but not active suspension.

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A 390 Adventure will provide competition to Royal Enfield’s 411cc Himalayan model. There’s no confirmation that either bike is coming stateside yet, but KTM has brought both its 390 Duke and RC390 models to the United States, and Royal Enfield has been making a push for more U. S. sales since introducing its revised Continental GT model in 2014 – so there’s a strong precedent. For Bajaj’s home market of India, there’s also talk of a 200cc Adventure, making the most of KTM’s globally popular 125/200/390 platform. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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  • JerryMander

    Sounds cool but how are they gonna charge their mandatory minimum 18k for a 390?

    • Sayyed Bashir

      What are you talking about?

      • Jeff LaLone

        He took the long way to say “KTM’s cost too much.”

        • Sayyed Bashir

          You get what you pay for. A cheap bike with cheap components, or a expensive bike with premium components. No one is forcing him to buy a KTM. The new 1290 Super Duke GT comes with Brembo M-50 disc brakes which are usually found only on MotoGP race bikes. My KTM 1190 Adventure R uses components from KTM and WP (engine, frame, suspension) and from brand names such as Acerbis, Magura, Brembo, Saxess, VDO, Continental, Bosch, Keihin, etc. These premium components cost money. The KTM philosophy is “only the bare minimum, yet the very best equipment”. As a result, KTM makes the highest performance and highest quality motorcycles in the world. By the way, the Duke 390 is only $4,999 and the RC 390 sport bike is $5,499. Someone has not done their research before mouthing off.

          • Ian Parkes

            Yeah, but is a Duke really a KTM? Really?

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Why is the Duke not a KTM? KTM has been making the Duke naked street fighter since 1998.

  • John

    They should make one out of the 690 it would be a competitor to a bigger market, maybe not in the US though, it would fit into the mid displacement adv bikes

    • spiff

      It going to be the 800 parallel twin that fills that gap.

      • Gabriel Owens

        Let’s hope so.

        • spiff

          The down side is it will probably be a 2018.

  • Michael

    I think “125/300/390” should be “125/200/390”.

    • Kevin Duke

      Indeed. Thanks for letting us know.

  • dbwindhorst

    Can we get a 390 supermoto? Please?

  • kawatwo

    Sounds light and comfortable. 2 things I like.

  • Ducati Kid

    Tom,

    Presented a Duke 390 ‘All Road’ (concept) to KTM previously …

  • major tom

    Mr. Kid, you seem to consistently have impeccable taste and style, Hepco-Becker junior hard bags, centerstand and a five gal. fuel tank and I’d possibly sell one of my Triumph 955’s!! Or one of my Yamaha FZ6’s!!!

  • Steve C

    I would buy that.

  • Reid

    I’d rather a 390 dual sport. Kinda like a DR650 but smaller and more Austrian.

  • NewbiestMoto

    HAHAHAA!!!! Compete with the Royal Enfield!!! That’s like a boxing match between Mike Tyson and a 3 year old child. This guy Sam wrote a scathing and honest review of the Continental GT over at Ride Apart and it is the best! https://rideapart.com/articles/live-die-la-two-months-royal-enfield-continental-gt….

    The RE’s are shittly made. Even look at the Himalayan marketing video where the right foot peg detaches from the bike at the 1.53 second part of thier own marketing video! http://www.advpulse.com/adv-bikes/royal-enfields-new-adv-bike-launch-ends-with-rough-landing/

    I’ll buy the new KTM 390 over the shitty Royal Enfield.