The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure has been revealed to the Indian motorcycle press. In addition to standard pavement and gravel road routes, this event included a proper off-road section with steep climbs, loose rocks, and even some jumps.

Adam Riemann jumping the KTM 390 Adventure

Adam Riemann airing out the KTM 390 Adventure

There are a number of articles and videos out there about the press intro, here are a few that stood out above the rest.

1) Overdrive’s thorough 14 minute video review:


2) Adam Riemann’s video of the event:


3) Roshun Povaiah’s quick comparison of the 390 Adventure to the Royal Enfield Himalayan:

KTM 390 Adventure and Royal Enfield Himalayan

390 Adventure and Royal Enfield Himalayan Photo Credit:

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For those of us who have been clamoring for a Versys-X 400, check out the specs of the KTM 390 Adventure:

Engine Type: Single Cylinder Liquid Cooled DOHC
Displacement: 373 cc, 89mm bore, 60mm stroke
HP / Torque 43hp / 27 ftlbs
Transmission 6 Speed
Transmission Internal Ratios*: 12:32 14:26 19:27 21:24 23:22 25:21  (3.17 spread)
Fuel Injection: Bosch EFI with 46 mm Throttle Body
Lubrication*: Wet Sump, 1.8 quarts (1.7 liters) capacity
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Cable Operated Slipper Clutch
Valve Lash Inspection* 9300 miles (15,000 km)
Frame: Steel Trellis
Subframe: Removable Steel Subframe
Fork: WP 43mm Inverted Fork, Non adjustable damping
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock, adjustable for preload
Suspension Travel F/R 6.7″ (170mm) / 6.9″ (177mm)
Front / Rear Brakes: 320 mm Single Disk 4 Piston Caliper / 230 mm
ABS Cornering ABS, switchable
Front / Rear Wheel Size: 19 x 2.5” / 17 x 3.50″
Front/Rear Tire Size: 100/90-19  /  130/80-17
Steering Head Angle: 26.5º
Wheelbase: 56.3″ (1,430 mm)
Ground Clearance: 7.8″ (200mm)
Seat Height: 33.6″ (855mm)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 3.8 gallons (14.5 L)
Dry Weight / Wet Weight (Est) 349 lbs (158 kg) / ~385 lbs (175kg)
India Price  /  USA Price 299,000 rupees = $4,172 USD  /  $6,199 in USA

* Data taken from 390 Duke Specifications

The Indian market version of the KTM 390 Adventure appears to have lower specification suspension than what is planned for Europe and the US. While the Indian market bike has a non-adjustable fork, the Euro/US market bike is expected to get one with adjustable rebound and compression. Out back the Indian market bike only has preload adjustment, while the Euro/US bikes add rebound adjustment to the rear shock.

Another difference between the two versions? About $2000 US dollars.

Real world fuel range will likely be an issue for riders using this bike in remote areas. Allowing for a 3/4 gallon safety margin and 50mpg fuel economy, trips should be planned around fuel stops every 150 miles. If you are smooth on the throttle and can manage 60mpg you can hypothetically make it 228 miles before running dry.

What are your thoughts on the KTM 390 Adventure? Is this the small displacement lightweight ADV bike that everyone has been clamoring for?

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