Late last year, KTM launched the 390 Adventure in the local market. Unexpectedly, there was a lot of hype surrounding this motorcycle given the stellar reviews it had received in the global stage. On top of that, the bike it was based on, the KTM 390 Duke, has been an extremely popular choice among motorcycle enthusiasts in the Philippines. That being said, the KTM 390 Adventure’s lightweight chassis, torquey engine, and premium suspension components, make it one of the most capable lightweight adventurers in the market today.
For those of you who are unacquainted with the 390 Adventure, it’s powered by an iteration of the 373cc single cylinder engine found on the 390 Duke. The differences consist of a revised exhaust system and slightly beefier counter balancer, which result in a smoother running engine, and of course, Euro5 compliance. Rated at a healthy 44 hp, the powerful engine is further complemented by premium WP Apex suspension components which come standard adjustability both front and rear. Rounding things off is a slew of sophisticated rider aids such as cornering ABS, traction control, and even an optional quick shifter.
However, die-hard off-road enthusiasts would notice one thing missing from the 390 Adventure. Something found on its bigger sibling, the 790 Adventure, is a set of off-road capable spoked wheels. This of course, is understandable, given the fact that the 390 Adventure wasn't designed to be a full-fledged off-roader. Plus, its extremely affordable price tag of just P309,000 makes it understandable that KTM prioritized other things than its off-road orientation. However, fitting a set of spoked wheels undoubtedly opens more possibilities for off-road adventure—the rugged aesthetics it affords the bike is a nifty plus, too. Luckily, KTM has finally released a set of spoked wheels designed specifically for the KTM 390 Adventure.
Now an option in the KTM Powerparts catalogue, the new spoked wheel upgrade, which is currently available in Europe and Asia has a price tag of 867 Euros, or a whopping P50,609. The aftermarket wheel upgrade retains the same sizing as the stock wheels with a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear setup. To add to this, the aftermarket wheel set is not tubeless ready, so you’re forced to either run tubes, or perform a tubeless conversion for the wheels. Given the price and the added benefits, would you upgrade your KTM 390 Adventure with spoked wheels?