KTM 390 Adventure Spotted Testing

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  • Oct 27, 2017
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The new adventure bike from KTM is expected to make its global debut at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan next month. KTM also has one surprise in store for us


KTM 390 latest mule spotted testing

The idea of KTM's 390 Adventure has refused to leave people's minds since the KTM 390 Duke was launched. We spotted the test model back in December and prophesied its unveiling during EICMA 2017. Now, with the Milan Motor Show right at our doorstep, Motorrad has spotted the 390 Adventure again. There's only one image of the bike available but it’s enough to leave us titillated. KTM had once promised that if they ever made a 390 Adventure it will be a proper off-roader and not just a make-do-with one, and this is one of the prime reasons why they took their own sweet time developing a new bike from scratch.
The new test mule that was spotted has obviously been refined and looks a lot more production-ready than the previous one spotted last year. The new bike's bodywork is more defined and detailed now, with nearly a year's work invested in it. On the appearance end, the overall look of the bike is more road-focused and less intimidating.

The model that was spotted in December 2016

The long-travel suspension on both ends look properly suited to take on off-road terrain, while the swing arm is different and is similar to the new 390 Duke’s unit. While the front wheel could possibly a 19-inch wheel, the rear one could be a 17-inch one. The huge windscreen is also off for now and replaced by a smaller, sleeker unit. The fuel tank is bigger, probably to lug more fuel for longer riding stints. The test mule currently sports Brembo callipers from the looks of it, but KTM might eventually go with Bybre in the production model to keep costs down. Switchable ABS is expected to be standard.
However, the engine might be adopted from the 390 Duke too. The same 377cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled mill but tuned to provide better low-end torque for both off-roading and city traffic needs. With the retuning, we have good reason to think that it will churn out around 40PS of power and 33Nm of peak torque. The likely 6-speed transmission might feature shorter gear ratios on the Adventure to accelerate faster.
Another bike was also spotted along with the Adventure 390, and we believe it is KTM's surprise entry into the Scrambler segment.  It could also be drawing its engine and other inspiration from the Duke 390 like the Adventure. However, time will reveal more details on it. We're keeping our fingers crossed during 207 EICMA for this one, and you should too.