390 Adventure spy pics emerged from India for the first time suggesting that we are on track for a mid-2019 launch, as promised!
This is the closest we have come to KTM 390 Adventure’s presence. After various spy pics from Europe, somebody finally snapped
the much awaited motorcycle testing in Pune, India recently!
It retains the test mule attributes of the motorcycles that were spotted in Europe. And in a latest, Indianautosblog has shared a digital rendering of the motorcycle…
Upfront is a Duke-390 like headlamp, longer, more accommodating seat, followed by a leaner body which appears to be slightly larger than the naked motorcycle (resting on an extended frame). It also sports a mini fairing which holds that larger windshield. And then we also notice the broader exhaust canister.
390 Adventure Spy Pics
Adventure traits include suspension with higher travel, a combination of 19 inch front and 17 inch rear wheels (most probably), off-road spec tyres but what are those alloys doing over there..? The longer sliding seat will also help in weight transfers during off-road applications.
The digital rendering you see as the first image of this story incorporates changes such as new sub-frame, longer suspension travel and a bigger front tyre.
It is obvious that the motorcycle will carry the same 373cc single cylinder engine of the Duke but its application is likely to be altered to suit adventure like riding conditions.
For some reason KTM chose not to showcase the motorcycle at EICMA this year which created suspicion over their promise of a 2019 launch in India (and the world!). But now that KTM has started testing it on our roads, we are definitely on track for a launch somewhere during the middle of 2019. A recent report claimed that KTM will formally announce the launch date/timeframe of 390 Adventure’s launch by March 2019 (details)!
As we said, this is the closest we have ever gotten to the KTM’s baby adventure which has been rumoured ever since the Duke 390 was introduced in India. The wait has been real long, but let us hope it lives up to all the excitement!