SE­CRET KTM IS A LITTLE STAR

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

KTM are get­ting ready to at­tack the small-ca­pac­ity ad­ven­ture mar­ket with this 390cc of­fer­ing.

Don’t get too ex­cited by the full car­bon fi­bre front sub­frame vis­i­ble in the pic­tures though. This is from a 690 Rally Raid model and is un­likely to find its way onto the pro­duc­tion bike. We ex­pect this ma­chine to have a sim­i­lar cock­pit to that seen on the 790 Ad­ven­ture we re­vealed two weeks ago.

The sus­pen­sion ap­pears to be the same WP forks as those used on the 690 En­duro and it also shares the same Brembo twin-pis­ton caliper. The pro­duc­tion bike is un­likely to share this level of spec, and we have seen this com­plete front end used on other test mules in the past, sug­gest­ing that it give the test team a known vari­able while de­vel­op­ing chas­sis dy­nam­ics.

The model in the pho­tographs has a 19in front wheel and a 17in rear, rather than the 21/18 em­ployed by the 690, in­di­cat­ing it has a heav­ier road bias. Some of the most in­ter­est­ing sus­pen­sion de­vel­op­ments are tak­ing place at the rear of the bike. The swingarm is beefier than the one fit­ted to the 690, but nowhere near as chunky at the one on the 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture. The shock has been off­set too, which al­lows for eas­ier ac­cess while re­duc­ing its ex­po­sure to tyre-flung crud, and mak­ing room for a large col­lec­tor box to sit be­neath the swingarm, while the end pipe then snakes its way through the swingarm up to a small end can.

The petrol tank is clearly an early alu­minium pro­to­type, but it ap­pears to be much larger than the one fit­ted to a 690. The little 390 en­gine only sips petrol, giv­ing the Duke a the­o­ret­i­cal 230-mile range on its 16-litre tank, so 300 miles be­tween stops might not be out of the ques­tion on this Ad­ven­ture model.

The rest of the body­work is clearly very early-stage, and in some places merely plas­tic sheet cable-tied to the sub­frame, which ap­pears to be a steel trel­lis item, open­ing up the pos­si­bil­ity of se­ri­ous hard lug­gage.

This, just like its big­ger 790 Ad­ven­ture sib­ling, in un­likely to be seen as a pro­duc­tion bike un­til 2018. And while we’re a long way from get­ting a price, we’d ex­pect it to cost a little more than the £4599 390 Duke.

The other un­kown and un­con­firmed thing about this bike is that it could ac­tu­ally be a Husq­varna-des­tined model, rather than a KTM branded one.

Sadly, the car­bon front sub­frame is just on the test mule

An off­set shock would be a new ad­di­tion to the 390 range

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