KTM is putting together an adventure motorcycle based on the Duke 390. The motorcycle will share its engine and frame with the Duke 390 but the cycle parts will be totally different. The ADV 390 will be launched in India sometime next year and is likely to be revealed officially by the end of this year, at the EICMA 2018 motorcycle show. As is with the case of all small capacity KTM motorcycles, India will be the production hub for the KTM ADV 390. It’ll be built at Bajaj’s Chakan factory with heavy localisation in order to keep costs low. The bike is likely to cost well under Rs. 3 lakh when it goes on sale here. Here’s a speculative render that shows what the KTM ADV 390 could look like.
As the render indicates, the KTM ADV 390 will share many bits with the Duke 390, including the latter’s trellis frame that uses the engine as a stressed member. The cycle bits on the KTM ADV 390 will be quite different from that on the Duke 390. It gets a totally revised front end with a front fairing and a spoked 19-inch wheel. The rear wheel is an 18-incher, again a spoked item. On the sides, the engine seems to have plenty of protection with frame extensions, while the front end also gets a windscreen to make long distance touring at higher speeds more comfortable. The seats are revised and the pillion seat now seems more comfortable.
The motorcycle wears on-off tyres. The handlebar is now high set, with the footpegs moved forward. These changes are likely to make the KTM ADV 390 a lot more easier riding than the Duke 390’s more aggressive riding position. The motorcycle will be powered by the same 373cc, four stroke engine with 44 Bhp and 37 Nm of outputs. Gear ratios could be modified to allow better torque at the lower end while the 6 speed layout will be retained. The KTM ADV 390 will get upside down front suspension and a monoshock rear. However, the suspension will also be modified for more travel, ad the overall suspension tune is expected to be milder for off road riding.