KTM seems to be going all out with the upcoming Duke 390-based ADV motorcycle. The Austrian motorcycle maker has been testing the ADV 390 with a pillion. This is something that we usually don’t get to see on small-capacity motorcycles. Is it also indicative of a high load carrying capacity for the KTM ADV 390? Time will tell.
The Duke 390-based ADV bike is expected to arrive in India next year. Bajaj Auto will build the newest, small-capacity KTM at Chakan, which will be the global production hub for the new motorcycle. There’s also a chance that India will be the first market in the world to get the KTM ADV 390. The motorcycle shares lots of parts with the Duke 390. However, there are key changes that are intended to make the KTM ADV 390 a true dual purpose motorcycle, distinct from the Duke 390.
The 373-cc, four-stroke liquid cooled engine of the Duke 390 will be carried over to the ADV motorcycle. The engine, which makes 44 Bhp-37 Nm on the Duke 390, may be retuned for better low-end grunt. The gearing is also expected to see a revision, with a lower first gear and a taller sixth gear. The overall frame of the Duke 390 is expected to be carried over with some strengthening to handle off-road use. The wheel sizes seem different, with a 19-inch rear.
The wheels are spoked, and if KTM offers tubeless tyres, it could well be a class-leading feature. Adding wind protection for the rider has resulted in a new, fairing that’s much taller than the Duke 390’s bikini fairing. The suspension on the KTM ADV 390 will consist of upside-down front forks and a monoshock, with additional travel. The suspension is also expected to feature a softer tune keeping off-road riding in mind.
ABS will be standard and so will be twin disc brakes. A high amount of localisation is likely for the KTM ADV 390. This may well result in a very competitive price tag of under Rs. 3 lakh. Service and part replacement costs are also expected to be the cheapest in segment. Competition for the KTM ADV 390 will come from bikes, such as the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the soon-to-be-launched BMW GS 310R. Heavily accessorized versions are also in the works.