KTM 390 Adventure Overview
KTM's compact adventurer, the 390 Adventure is an entry-level adventure bike from the Austrian brand. Made in the Philippines, this adventure-tourer carries the sporty DNA of the 390 Duke and merges it with the kit that suits long rides and some light trails. It brings KTM's "Ready to Race" attitude with more versatile ergonomics, a light chassis for its segment, and innovative technology to adapt this bike to many conditions.
Equipped with the tried-and-tested 373cc single-cylinder engine, the 390 Adventure makes a modest 43 hp and 37 Nm of torque. Its engine is very punchy and can even go toe-to-toe with some multi-cylinder motorcycles that hover around 400 ccs in displacement. On top of that, and helping to keep your inputs smooth is a slipper clutch which will allow smooth downshifts and peace of mind from rear-wheel hop. Also on that "Ready to Race" mentality, KTM equips its engine with the innovative "Ride-by-Wire" technology which helps with the power delivery and smoothness thereby maximizing the power from the big single. All of this is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The frame of the 390 Adventure is similar to the KTM 405 Rally. Featuring the brand's signature trellis frame, it serves as the backbone for this compact adventurer and it also comes in two parts. Damping duties are brought about by adjustable WP APEX suspension. Coming in at a massive 43 mm in diameter, the front forks are not just robust, they also come with 170 mm of travel and adjustable compression damping and rebound. Meanwhile, the rear features 177 mm of travel and is adjustable with spring preload and rebound damping as well to fine-tune the bike to different conditions or for more comfort over long distances.
Even with a seat height of 855 mm the 390 Adventure does well to be more rider-friendly with its narrow seat width. Also covering this part of the bike is a grippy, yet comfortable foam and upholstery that ensures that the rider and possibly his pillion, stays comfortable. Also a carry-over from the Duke models, are the footpegs that are slightly angled, but widened to give riders a sure-footed perch to stand on or place their feet for long periods of time. Other features include a windshield, a powerful LED headlight, a bright and clear 5-inch TFT display, and rider assist features such as Motorcycle Traction Control, Offroad ABS, Cornering ABS, and the KTM My Ride system.