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KTM 390 Adventure 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Jan 22 2020 Share this blog

Finally, we get off with what can be considered the most anticipated motorcycle of the decade gone! The buzz of a 390 Duke based adventure motorcycle has been doing rounds since 2014. We waited and waited and finally got to see it at EICMA in 2018 and then touched Indian shores in December at Indian Bike Week.

2020 ktm 390 adventure

2020 KTM 390 Duke Adventure is a true off-roading machine that has the tried and tested heart of Duke 390. It is priced at Rs. 2.99 lakhs which is very tempting. You won’t get another motorcycle with such potency and performance at such a price point. It creates a critical situation for the likes of BMW G 310 GS and Royal Enfield Himalayan.

Pros

  • Insane list of assist features(many first in class)

  • Extensively nimble for an off-roader

  • Lightweight and powerful

  • It has cornering ABS!)(Yes, CORNERING ABS!)

Cons

  • Standard Alloy wheels are not off-road inspiring

  • Pillion seat is not so comfortable

What’s New

  • Off-road offering based on KTM 390 Duke

  • Host of riding-assistance features

  • BS6 compliant

How robust is the engine in KTM 390 Adventure?

How well does the explosive performance and mileage balance out in this KTM?

390 Duke Adventure shares its powerplant with the highly successful Duke 390 but has a slightly different tune to it. The engine is now BS6 compliant and so is shaved off by a marginal decrease in power figures.

2020 ktm 390 adventure engine

It is now tuned to offer a punchy low-end torque and thus help you scale terrains easily. The character of this bombastic engine has not changed much and still gives you that wide grin on reaching its redline.

Mileage figures are expected to be similar to that of KTM 390 Duke. This one would have a bit less due to the low-end torque and added kerb weight. So, expect around 26-27 kmpl whereas the 390 Duke gets 28.5 kmpl(ARAI). 

Motorcycle

KTM 390 Adventure

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 2,99,000

Rs. 1,86,951

Rs. 3,49,000

Engine 

373cc Liquid-cooled single-cylinder 

411cc Air-cooled Single Cylinder SOHC Engine

313cc Water-cooled Single cylinder SOHC Engine

Power 

42.90 bhp

@ 9000 RPM

24.5 bhp

@ 6500 RPM

33.53 bhp

@ 9500 RPM

Torque

37 Nm

@ 7000 RPM

32 Nm

@ 4500 RPM

28 Nm

@ 7500 RPM

Fueling

Fuel Injected

Fuel Injected

Fuel Injected

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

26.32(expected)

29.48

35.0

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

14.5

15.0

11.0

Fuel tank capacity has been increased to 14.5 litres to give you that extra range to reach atop that peak. If we look at the bigger picture here, KTM has managed to pull the balance off very well as its competition is not far ahead in terms of mileage figures. Both the competitors are gravely underpowered and that gives this orange trail setter an edge.


How linear is the acceleration in KTM 390 Adventure; ktm 390 adventure 0-60?

Acceleration is going to be much more linear than its naked brother. This is due to the retuned ECU, to provide more low-end grunt. But don’t get too comfortable on the saddle as deep down, it is still an orange KTM and will surely surprise you.

2020 ktm 390 adventure 0-60

The high compression engine will surely help it rev quicker and thus provide you with a seamless riding experience. Top speed will be less at 158 kmph due to added kerb weight and taller riding stance. The lower gears will be short for better urban mobility but the higher ones will be tall to facilitate smooth highway rideability.

Motorcycle

KTM 390 Adventure

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

Transmission

6-Speed

5-Speed

6-Speed

0-60 kmph

N/A

3.2 s

3.12 s

Top Speed(kmph)

158(expected)

120

143

The competition is nowhere close to this orange monster and that gives the 390 Adventure a character unique to itself. BMW G 310 GS is the only one that comes close to the new boy in town and this KTM is surely going to create a commotion like all other KTMs, duh!


How bitey are the brakes on KTM 390 Adventure?

It gets the same braking setup from 390 Duke but has a list of added tech features that makes it behave much differently from its naked brother. The brakes, for now, are slotted and provide exceptional levels of bite. It instils confidence and can help you get hold of this jumpy one in extreme situations.

2020 ktm 390 adventure cornering abs

A dual-channel ABS unit from Bosch makes sure of you not kissing the ground while going off the records. The braking might be a bit too harsh for newbies who are not accustomed to KTM’s hyperactive braking. That coupled with the long travel suspension will surely get you shaken, if not careful.

Motorcycle

KTM 390 Adventure

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

320

300

300

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

230

240

240

80-0 kmph(m)

N/A

36.25

33.47

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Royal Enfield, the cheapest off-roader in this lot also comes with a dual-channel ABS but that's about it in the Himalayan. The off-roading tech list for 390 Adventure starts from the dual-channel unit! BMW G 310 GS also has a list of features but not as much as the KTM.

How different is the handling and comfort as compared to other KTMs?

390 Adventure is light and nimble and makes for a very fun riding experience. The nimble nature is due to the lightweight trellis frame along with quick-acting WP sourced suspension setup. The front setup is non-adjustable but the rear gets preload adjustment.

2020 ktm 390 adventure handling

Comfort is commendable and the ride gets a wider and comfortable seat that can sustain you for a longer travel time. You sit tall and upright on the 390 Adventure and will never feel the fatigue. Front windshield helps dissipate a lot of windblast as well. You can tweak the rear mono-shock and make it soft or hard.

Motorcycle

KTM 390 Adventure

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

Chassis 

Trellis frame

Half-duplex split Cradle

Tubular spaceframe

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

100/90-19

90/90-21

110/80-19

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

130/80-17

120/90-17

150/70-17

Front Suspension

WP Apex upside-down forks

(170 mm travel)

Telescopic Forks

(200 mm travel)

Upside down forks

(180 mm travel)

Rear Suspension

WP Apex mono-shock

(177 mm travel)

Mono-Shock with linkage

(180 mm travel)

Preload adjustable cast aluminium dual swing arm

(180 mm travel)

Seat height(mm)

855

800

835

Ground Clearance (mm)

200

220

220

Kerb Weight(kg)

172

194

169.5

Starting System

Self

Self

Self

Kerb weight and performance is in a ratio which is never before seen in an adventure motorcycle. This helps it perform like a street-bred machine and handle like a pure off-roading one. Seat height is on the higher side but it won’t be an issue for shorter riders due to lower ground clearance that compensates for it. But the 390 Adventure is a big machine for sure.

How bright does this KTM look?

KTM 390 Adventure is minimal and flaunts its exposed components in orange. This is common in all naked KTMs and thus is followed up in the adventure offering as well. The trellis frame stands exposed and you see a very similar engine inside it.

2020 ktm 390 adventure looks

The LED headlight setup is unique and has a vertical cowl splitting it into two. The windshield is a very useful addition and also helps you attach a smart device above the instrument cluster without getting disrupted.


Aesthetic Features

  • Split headlamp setup

  • Wind visor

  • Bash plate

  • Pannier holder

  • Alloy wheels

  • Standard tail tidy

Motorcycle

KTM 390 Adventure

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

Length (mm)

2154

2190

2075

Width (mm)

900

840

880

Height(mm)

1400

1360

1230

Wheelbase(mm)

1430

1465

1420

KTM offers the 390 Adventure with alloy wheels and that might sprout a seed of doubt in your mind, but be rest assured that these alloys will support your off-roading expedition. KTM will be offering spoke wheels as a power part and so will cater to those doubtful ones as well. 

What are the safety and class-leading features in the new 390 Adventure?

This is where the orange entity outshines the rest. Safety features are loaded to the brim here with starting with the dual-channel ABS unit. Cornering ABS,  something which is heard of only in middle-weight offerings and above is available in the 390 Adventure. Supermoto mode allows you to disengage the rear ABS unit so that you can have a fair share of fun off-roads. The traction control unit works in conjunction with the ABS unit and thus helps you stay stable on the messiest of roads.

2020 ktm 390 adventure supermoto

There are heavy electronics that support this adventure tourer. The colour TFT display is the window and contact point of anything electronic. You can add a quick-shifter that works both ways in the 390 Adventure along with an array of ride-assist features. KTM’s strong point is a vast number of top-notch features that none of its competitors get.

Motorcycle

KTM 390 Adventure

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 2,99,000

Rs. 1,86,951

Rs. 3,49,000

Features

Slipper clutch

Luggage rack

Upside down forks


Traction control

Split-seat

Windscreen


Cornering ABS

Overhead cams

Bash plate


Windshield

In-Built Compass

Loads of accessories available

The list of features is enough to change your outlook towards the KTM 390 Adventure from “overpriced” to “extremely underrated”. The number of features on offer is no match for its competition but BMW manages to come in its radar!

How does the competition stack up against the new KTM?

KTM 390 Adventure vs Royal Enfield Himalayan

2020 Royal Enfield Himalayan BS6

Royal Enfield offers us a cheap alternative to satisfy our thirst for adventure. It was our only ray of hope when Hero ditched its Impulse. But now it's back, that's a different story altogether. But KTM is back at it again, surprising us again and again. KTM 390 Adventure is a very underrated offering and with an introductory price tag of Rs. 2.99 lakhs, it surely is going to blow the competition off.


KTM 390 Adventure vs BMW G 310 GS

2020 BMW G 310 GS

BMW launched the 310 GS as an adventure tourer. But that didn’t fare out so well as the pricing was not so “entry-level” and the fact that TVS uses the same engine in its RR310 is also a bummer as it cost Rs.1 lakh more. Now KTM is making the situation even more stressful as it is offering much more power and tech features for Rs. 50,000 less. BMW has not even updated its offerings to BS6! Just saying.

How will the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure change motorcycling in India?

KTM is planning for an all-out invasion with the new 390 Adventure and we are sure that it will be a big one. With the amount of features on offer for such an eye-popping price, KTM has got all the equations right for the Indian market. It is an all-out adventure tourer that doesn’t hesitate to get its shoes dirty. It will be a very good learner motorcycle and thus will help a lot of newbies get onto adventure riding with ease and flexibility.