The adventure motorcycle segment is fast catching the fancy of buyers across the country. Adventure tourers offer versatility and practicality which is their main USP. They can easily be taken off the road and are pretty good for long rides too. However, there are currently only a handful of choices in the adventure tourer segment of India that can be deemed as affordable. KTM will soon be launching a 390 Duke based adventure tourer in India and it has been eagerly waited for since long. However, if you own a Duke series bike currently and want to turn it into an adventure tourer, Autologue Design has just the solution for you in the form of Xplorer kit.
The Pune based modifier and accessories company has launched a bolt on kit for the KTM Duke series motorcycles. The Xplorer kit is designed to turn your regular street naked Duke into an adventure tourer without much fuss. Moreover, these kits do not nullify the bike’s warranty as they do not affect the performance of the bike in any way and have been specially designed for the Duke series motorcycles. They can be bolted on the 125 Duke, 200 Duke and the 390 Duke and carry a cost of just Rs. 13,500 for the basic kit. Since they do not enhance the performance in any way or change any mechanical bit on the bike, don’t expect your bike to transform into a dune baching tool. However, a few suspension tweaks can be done on the bike yourself and you’ll be ready to rock.
The Xplorer kit includes an adjustable front windshield, tail panels, semi body fairing, a redesigned engine bash plate and the 17” stock wheels have been fitted with dual purpose tyres enhancing its off-road capabilities even further. A tall set handlebar and front set foot pegs are also present on the bike in the pictures. This will provide the rider with a better seating position and a more upright riding stance, which is necessary for long distance riding comfort. The full body Xplorer kit is priced at Rs.20,500, as mentioned before. However, you can also individually buy parts like with the Fairing kit, tank extension with visor and bracket for relocation for Rs. 13,500. The Tail panels and the Bash plate has been priced at Rs. 3,000 and Rs.4,000 respectively.
Talking about the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure, it is expected to be powered by the same old 373cc, four-stroke single cylinder engine of the Duke 390, albeit probably in a milder state of tune with focus on the low end and mid range punch. Also, the 6 speed gearbox with slipper clutch could get revised ratios, with a taller sixth gear for more relaxed cruising. It has already been spied a couple of times and will be launched before the end of this year.