KTM is testing two off-road oriented bikes based on the Duke 390. Fresh spyshots of these bikes, one a scrambler and the other an ADV bike like the Royal Enfield Himalayan, have been captured from a test track at Mattighofen, Austria. These bikes are expected to be launched in India as well.
KTM may even show these bikes at the upcoming EICMA motorcycle show in November. But market launch of these bikes is expected to happen only next year. From the spyshots, we can make out that one bike has classic Scrambler styling, with a taller front wheel and long travel suspension, and a high front mudguard.
The rest of the bike is similar to the present Duke.We may see a lot more styling changes as this bike moves closer to production. The other bike is similar to the Himalayan, with a small front fairing. The wheels appear smaller than those on the Scrambler, which has a front spoked wheel and a rear alloy wheel. The rear alloy wheel may be replaced with a spoked wheel on production models.
The spyshots also show a single cylinder engine, similar to one on the Duke. We expect this engine to be tuned to offer better torque at lower rpms. Gearing also may be suitably modified to boost low and mid range response. The engine will continue to use liquid cooling and fuel injection. The exhaust will be rerouted to sit much higher. Ground clearance is another aspect that we expect will be improved as off road biased bikes need to frequently surmount obstacles.
Bajaj is expected to produce these bikes as well as it manufactures all lower capacity KTMs for both Indian and international markets. In India, the new range of 390cc KTM Adventure bikes could be priced at under Rs. 3 lakhs. It is time for enthusiasts to start saving up.