New KTM 390 Adventure released for 2020

John Milbank, BikeSocial Consumer Editor
By John Milbank
BikingMilbank BikeSocial Consumer Editor, John owns a BMW S1000XR, Honda Grom and a 1999 Kawasaki ZX-6R. He's as happy tinkering in the workshop as he is on twisty backroads, and loves every bike ever built (except one). He's bought three CBR600s, a KTM 1050 Adventure, Yamaha MT-10, two Ducati Monsters, several winter hacks, three off-roaders, a supermoto pit bike, a Honda Vision 50 and built his own custom XSR700. 

 

 

With the engine lifted from the KTM Duke 390, there have long been calls from the off-road and trail riding market for a KTM 390 Adventure. And here it is. Described as a ‘breezy, agile entry model for riders keen to discover the adventure sensation’ the A2-licence compatible 390 Adventure is the baby brother of the 790 Adventure

 

New KTM 390 Adventure released for 2020

 

Is the new KTM 390 Adventure the best small adventure bike?

The new KTM 390 Adventure is powered by the same 373.2cc motor as the KTM 390 Duke. Making 43bhp (32kW) @ 9,000rpm and 27lb-ft (37Nm) @ 7,000 rpm, it’s completely unchanged, with the same gear ratios and cable-operate slip/assist clutch.

The frame remains a powder-coated steel trellis, but the Adventure gains WP’s APEX fork, adjustable for compression and rebound, and APEX shock, adjustable for rebound and preload.

 

New KTM 390 Adventure released for 2020

 

Front braking is still carried out by a four-piston radially-mounted ByBre caliper on a 320mm disc, and the wheels are cast aluminium, but there’s now a 19” at the front, up from 17”.

The KTM 390 Adventure weighs about 158kg dry, so with its 14.5 litre tank full of fuel, and oil and battery in place, we’d expect it to weigh around 175kg.

Given that in 2014, KTM 390 Duke owners reported to Fuelly.com that their motorcycles returned an average of 57.6mph, it’s possible that the KTM 390 Adventure will have a range of about 184 miles.

 

New KTM 390 Adventure released for 2020

 

BMW’s G310GS has a much smaller 11 litre tank, and Fuelly reports of 65mpg put its range at 158 miles. Though it is lighter at 169.5kg ready to ride.

The KTM 390 Adventure’s seat is surprisingly high at 855mm when you compare it to the BMW’s 835mm, though it also makes 10bhp and 7lb-ft more.

Honda’s CRF250 Rally is another popular small adventure machine, but its’ a long way down on performance at 24bhp and 17lb-ft. Though it does have a 21” front wheel and 18” rear, making it more of an off-road-capable machine. And those are spoked wheels.

The Honda’s tank is 10.2 litres, but Fuelly logged an average of 65.8mpg in 2017 – that’s a range of 146 miles. It’s the lightest bike of these three at 157kg, but the off-road capability comes at the expense of a daunting-for-some 895mm seat height.

Ultimately, we’ll soon have the first review of the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure, which is when we’ll really be able to find out how good it is…

 

New KTM 390 Adventure released for 2020

 

New KTM 390 Adventure Specification

Engine type

Single cylinder, 4-stroke

Displacement

373.2 cc

Bore / stroke

89 / 60 mm

Power

32 kW (44 hp) @ 9,000 rpm

Torque

37 Nm @ 7,000 rpm

Compression ratio

12.6:1

Starter / battery

Electric starter / 12V, 8 Ah

Transmission

6 gears

Fuel system

Bosch EFI (throttle body 38 mm)

Control

4 V / DOHC

Lubrication

Wet sump

Engine oil

Motorex Formula 4T 15W/50

Primary drive

30:80

Final drive

15:45

Cooling

Liquid cooling

Clutch

PASC™ slipper clutch, mechanically operated

Ignition / engine management

Bosch EMS with RBW

Traction control

MTC

Frame

Steel trellis frame, powder coated

Subframe

Steel trellis frame, powder coated

Handlebar

Aluminium, tapered, Ø 26 / 22 mm

Front suspension

WP APEX, Ø 43 mm, adjustbable compression / rebound

Rear suspension

WP APEX shock absorber, adjustbable rebound and spring preload

Suspension travel front / rear

170 / 177 mm

Front brake

Four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm

Rear brake

Double piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 230 mm

Abs

Bosch 9.1MP Two Channel (disengageable)

Wheels front / rear

Cast aluminium wheels 2.50 x 19"; 3.50 x 17"

Tires front / rear

100/90 ZR 19; 130/80 ZR 17

Chain

X-Ring 520

Silencer

Stainless steel primary and aluminium secondary silencer

Steering head angle

63,5°

Trail

98 mm

Wheel base

1,430 ± 15.5 mm

Ground clearance

200 mm

Seat height

855 mm

Fuel tank capacity

approx. 14.5 litres / 3.5 litres reserve

Dry weight

approx. 158 kg (without fuel)

 

New KTM 390 Adventure released for 2020
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