Coming Soon (Hopefully): KTM 390 Adventure
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.
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.
A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.
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