KTM’s smallest adventure bike will be based on the 390 Duke with styling inspired by the 1290 Super Adventure R
SINCE THE LAUNCH OF THE 200 AND 390 DUKE, THE ORANGE brand has become popular among youngsters as well as older, passionate bikers who want a light and mean machine to spice up their weekend rides. Later, the fully faired RCs also showed up on our shores. KTM is a benchmark name in the world of motocross and adventure sport, one of the prime examples being their prowess in Dakar.
The 390 Adventure would be the perfect model to launch in India at this time as the off-roading culture is picking up. Furthermore, we have seen modified 390 Dukes in national rally competitions across the country and they seemed to be doing well.
The motorcycle is expected to come bearing a specifically tuned version of the liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that we have become accustomed to in the 390 Duke and RC 390. Taking into account the nature of the motorcycle, KTM will have to tune the engine for greater low-end grunt and more linear power delivery. The frame, suspension, tyres, and brakes are also expected to receive upgrades that enable the motorcycle to fare well in rough conditions. Like its 390 sibling, the Adventure will also be made in India at the Bajaj Auto plant in Pune.
The manufacturer has shared a picture of the 1290 Super Adventure, hinting that its smaller sibling is likely to carry forth the family’s good looks. We will bring you more details as we get them.