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KTM Adventure 250 lined up for India launch: Royal Enfield Himalayan rival

Earlier this month, KTM showcased their upcoming motorcycle Duke 390 Adventure at the India Bike Week in Goa. The 390 Adventure is expected to launch in Indian market early in the first quarter next year and most likely be priced higher than the 390 Duke. KTM is also working on a much cheaper or affordable version of the adventure motorcycle which will be based on Duke 250. It will directly be in competition with bikes like Royal Enfield Himalayan and may be the G 310GS. News is now coming that KTM will be launching the KTM 250 Adventure in mid 2020.

KTM Adventure 250 lined up for India launch: Royal Enfield Himalayan rival
KTM 390 Adventure used to illustrate

As per the report from Autocar India, KTM has been working on this affordable adventure motorcycle for a long time and has been spotted testing a couple of times. They had even got it listed on the Indonesian website for some time. The Duke 250 Adventure is most likely to look like the 390 Adventure. It will share the same design language, chassis and panels. The difference however would be the pain scheme, headlight design, instrument cluster and of course the engine.

KTM Adventure 250 lined up for India launch: Royal Enfield Himalayan rival
KTM 390 Adventure used to illustrate

Just like its elder sibling 390 Adventure, the 250 will also sport alloy wheels. According to the report, the tyre size of the 250 Adventure will be similar to the 390. It will probably get 19 inch wheels at the front and 17 inch at the rear. Just Like the 390 Adventure, 250 adv will also get a non adjustable upside down fork at front and adjustable monoshock at the rear. The Duke 390 Adventure will get additional features like switchable traction control, bi-directional quickshifters, however these features unlikely to be carried forward to the 250 Adventure version to keep the costs down.

KTM Adventure 250 lined up for India launch: Royal Enfield Himalayan rival

KTM 250 Adventure will be powered by the same engine from its street naked version Duke 250. It will be powered by the same 248.8cc, liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine that will produce a maximum of 30 Bhp and 24 Nm of torque. KTM has not officially put out a word about the launch of 250 Adventure yet. Just like 390 Adventure, 250 version is also likely to be a bit pricier than the 250 Duke. Once launched, Duke 250 Adventure will become the most affordable adventure motorcycle from KTM in the country. It’ll make cross country touring on a reasonably powerful motorcycle quite affordable and accessible to a wide set of riders. Currently, the Himalayan is one of the least priced adventure motorcycles in India, along with the Hero XPulse 200. The XPulse is more suitable for shorter rides though.