KTM may have made its mark in the Indian market by providing lightweight, high speed machines at amazingly good prices, but there is a small void. KTM’s line up in India isn’t big enough just yet and Indians find themselves saying “more please”. By the end of this year the KTM Duke 200 and Duke 390 will be joined by the RC 200 and RC 390, to bring KTM India’s line up to 4 models, 2 each from the Naked bike and Supersport ranges. If rumours are to be believed then KTM will be adding one more, rather unique model that belongs to the Travel range in 2015 i.e. the KTM 390 Adventure.
Now before you go to KTM’s website, we’d best tell you that this is still a model in the making. KTM’s Travel range currently includes the 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R. The 390 Adventure will be a dual purpose motorcycle like its older siblings. Reports of the 390 Adventure’s India arrival have been coming through for quite some time now. In fact. here’s a report we did on KTMs To Watch For In India back in February. The 390 Adventure will be a unique addition to KTM’s line up. The Duke 390 brought street fighter performance to the people. The RC 390 will offer buyers a more track racer like experience, while the 390 Adventure will be in a never seen before extension of the Indian entry-level premium motorcycle segment. Dual purpose bikes in India aren’t aplenty and the one’s that are available, don’t come cheap.
The KTM 390 Adventure will use a more heavy-duty suspension with more play and durability. The overall design of the bike will be considerably meaty as the 390 Adventure uses wider dual purpose tyres, a beefy fairing, wider, more well padded and comfortable seats for both the rider and pillion and the bike also gets a small carrier at the back. The dual purpose motorcycle will have a tall riding position, a bigger fuel tank capacity and the exhaust will be mounted to the side in order to improve ground clearance for off-terrain riding. The engine will be the same as the Duke 390 or RC 390, but the tuning will be inclined towards low-end torque delivery. ABS disc brakes will come as standard and prices will be higher than the RC 390. Expect the KTM 390 Adventure to be priced at around Rs 2.50 Lakh with the launch taking place in the second half of 2015.