IG­NI­TION

KTM’s small­est ad­ven­ture bike will be based on the 390 Duke with styling inspired by the 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture R

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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.

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