KTM has been working on an affordable adventure motorcycle for a long time now. The 390 Duke, which has been in works for a couple of years now is expected to be officially unveiled in the production guise later this year. It will be the first affordable ADV bike from the brand. Soon after, KTM will launch the KTM 250 ADV to the line-up, which will become the most affordable ADV from the brand.
According to ACI, the all-new KTM 390 AVD will heavily inspire the 250cc version of the bike and both the bikes will share a lot of components and parts. KTM already offers the Duke 250 in the Indian market and just like all the bikes in Duke series up to the 390 Duke, the ADV bikes till the 390 model will be manufactured in the Indian plant by Bajaj. It will ensure an affordable price tag on the bike.
While the KTM 390 Duke has been spotted multiple times testing on the track, the 250 Duke is yet to be spotted. It is possible that the difference in feature list between the 390 Duke and 250 Duke will be applicable to the ADV models too. The 390 and the 250 Duke share a lot of parts and both of them look very similar. However, equipment like the all-LED headlamps and the coloured TFT screen are not available with the Duke 250. This is done to keep the price affordable. While KTM may also offer a similar level of equipment on both the bikes and the only difference between the two could be the engine capacity, it is highly unlikely.
The spy pictures of the KTM 390 ADV reveals a lot of details about the bike. To start with, the bike gets a higher ground clearance and long-travel suspension set-up. It should be noted that the bike was first spotted testing in a track in Europe and recently, the bike was spotted testing on the Indian roads too. There are a few differences between both versions of the 390 ADV. The international-spec model was spotted with spoked-rim tyres while the bike spotted in India was seen with alloy wheels. Alloy wheels make it easier to make the tyre tubeless while doing the same in the rim-spoked bike takes a lot of effort and money. The spy pictures also show that the 390 ADV model will get a tall windscreen, which will keep the rider safe from the highway windblasts.
It should be noted that the engine powering the KTM 250 Duke is significantly less powerful than the KTM 390’s engine. The 250 Duke’s single-cylinder, the liquid-cooled engine produces a maximum power of 30 PS and 24 Nm. On the other hand, the engine of the 390 Duke produces a maximum power of 43.2 PS and peak torque of 37 Nm.