- KTM 390 Duke Adventure will be powered by the same motor that also propels the 390 Duke
- The adventure motorcycle will be launched in two variants - touring and off-road
- The motorcycle is expected to run on dual-purpose Metzeler Tourance tyres
- KTM might launch the Husqvarna Motorcycles this year as well
KTM - the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer is expected to launch the 390 Duke Adventure in November, post-EICMA premiere. The KTM 790 Duke's official India launch has been postponed to next year due to a delay in the homologation process. The Austrians are now focusing on launching the 390 Duke Adventure and Husqvarna motorcycles in the Indian market. The KTM 390 Duke Adventure has been spied a number of times prowling the Indian roads. A test mule of the same was also spied equipped with official touring accessories.
The spy shots suggest that the brand might introduce two variants if the KTM 390 Duke Adventure - a touring edition and an off-road focused edition. The motorcycle will be powered by the same liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 373.2 cc motor that also propels the 390 Duke. On the KTM 390 Duke, the motor churns out 44 bhp of peak power and 37 Nm of peak torque. The power is delivered to the wheels through a 6-speed gearbox. KTM will tune this motor to produce more torque to suit the character of the motorcycle. It is expected that the engine on this adventure motorcycle will be BS-VI, keeping in mind that the emission norms will kick-in on April 1, 2020.
The motor will sit in a trellis frame with a bolted sub-frame. Speaking of the styling, the KTM 390 Duke Adventure will feature a split LED headlamp, LED blinkers, split seats, rear rack, raised tail, muscular fuel tank and short windscreen, a bigger windscreen will be offered as an accessory. The motorcycle was seen sailing on 19-inch alloy wheel at the front and a 17 inch at the rear shod with premium Metzeler dual purpose Tourance rubber. As mentioned above, the off-road-focused variant will sport wire-spoke wheels and metal bash plate.
The entry-level adventure motorcycle segment is witnessing participation from a number of manufacturers in India. The off-road scene in the country is also evolving and the brands like KTM should leverage it. However, there's no official information on the pricing of KTM 390 Duke Adventure, we expect it to be Rs 40,000 more than the KTM 390 Duke. This kind of competitive pricing will help it to undercut the key rival - BMW G 310 GS, keeping in mind that the BS-VI engine might further increase the price of 390 Duke Adventure. Other key rival includes Kawasaki Versys X 300, though it has a price tag of Rs 4.69 lakh (all prices ex-showroom).
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