KTM Duke-based ADV 390 adventure motorcycle: NEW images reveal more

KTM Duke-based ADV 390 adventure motorcycle: NEW images reveal more

Here are new pictures of the all-new, 2019 KTM Duke-based 390 ADV adventure motorcycle, which will be launched in India early next year. The new crop of spyshots show that the KTM ADV 390 will share its platform with the Duke 390 but will have enough different bits to make the motorcycle quite distinct from the street fighter.

Key changes on the KTM ADV 390 include spoked wheels, footpegs that have been moved ahead, a taller handlebar, a front windscreen, new front end styling, revised seats and fiber protection for the engine. While these are the visual changes, KTM is expected to roll out mechanical changes as well.

Talking of mechanical changes, the 373-cc four stroke engine of the KTM ADV 390 could get different ECU tuning for better low-end grunt. The gear ratios may also be altered to offer better low-end grunt for off-roading and a more relaxed 6th gear for smooth cruising. As for suspension components, the upside-down front forks are likely to get more travel and the same is likely for the rear monoshock as well. Moreover, the suspension is expected to feature a softer tune for better bump absorption. More details of specific changes are likely to be available closer to launch. The KTM ADV 390 is expected to be displayed at the end of 2018, at the EICMA motorcycle show.

The KTM ADV 390 will be manufactured in India at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan factory. It’ll be built alongside the Duke 390 and RC390, and will be the most expensive offering from KTM for the Indian market. India will be a global hub for this motorcycle, which will be exported to many countries around the world.

We expect pricing of the KTM ADV 390 to be pegged below the Rs. 3 lakh mark. This should give the motorcycle a solid value proposition, compared to the upcoming BMW GS 310R, a motorcycle that could be priced close to the Rs. 4 lakh mark. The KTM ADV 390 will slot between the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the BMW GS 310R in terms of price and positioning.

Images courtesy Motorrad.de