KTM, a company known for popular nameplates like the Duke and RC series of bikes among others, is branching out into a different genre that builds up their current platforms to take on the rest of the bikes in the category.
Last year, KTM launched the 390 Adventure, a bike that shares the same 373.2cc single-piston engine as the 390 Duke and RC 390. The high riding two-wheeler was unveiled in the Italian EICMA show that happened in November. The motorcycle has since been launched in India last December.
With its engine displacement, it produces 43 hp and 37 Nm of torque. The steel trellis frame features an open-lattice swingarm with precise stiffness and flex characteristics. It uses WP APEX 43 mm inverted front forks and rear shock but with a height difference. The front forks come with 170 mm of travel while the rear stands with 177 mm worth of travel. To assist with braking, the Adventure 390 comes with cornering ABS and offroad ABS by Bosch, while shifting is helped by the brand’s Quickshifter+ for clutchless action. With the torque the 390-series motor produces, KTM has outfitted its ADV bike with traction control with lean angle sensitivity. For instrumentation and lighting, the rider can gawk at the full-color TFT display, and light the road ahead with a full array of LED lights.
With the introduction of the model overseas, the Philippines still has yet to see one of these bikes populate the showrooms KTM. There is also the possibility of the bike being manufactured locally thanks to the Ayala corporation’s facility in Laguna. Some KTM Duke and RC models are already Philippine-made, and with bigger displacement models on the way, perhaps the brand could stand as a good value proposition to many consumers looking for a European bike with a go-everywhere physique.
We could be seeing another locally-made bike on the way from KTM Philippines. This model will give consumers here an ADV-class bike for less — hopefully.