As KTM is developing the second generation of Duke compact sportsbike platform, the rumor of an adventure tourer on the same platform is becoming stronger. The Rushlane has posted a speculative rendered image of the possible KTM 390 Adventure, which gives us a preview of the adventure tourer. Earlier Stefan Pierer, the CEO of KTM clearly said, that an adventure tourer is not possible on the first generation KTM Duke platform. Meanwhile as the second generation KTM Duke is in progress now, the adventurer tourer is also becoming a prospective model.
The much expected KTM 390 Adventure won’t be a surprising model on the design front. As the rendered image suggests, the bike will come with a taller stance, which will be heavy at the front. The fuel tank is expected to be larger than the normal KTM Duke 390 and the RC 390, which will enhance the bike with an extended range. It will also come equipped with adjustable long travel suspensions, taller windshield, provisions for attaching panniers and a luggage rack as well. Overall, the bike will get its styling cues from its bigger siblings.
The power source for this bike will be a 373.2 cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine derived from the present generation Duke and RC 390. Although no major change is expected, but expect the nature of the engine and the gear ratios to be changed to fit the adventure tourer tag. Once launched, the KTM 390 Adventure will become the flagship model in the 390 series and it will pose as a premium alternative to the newly launched Royal Enfield Himalayan or a more affordable Kawasaki Versys 650.
Meanwhile, Bajaj Auto and KTM’s partnership will expand their business in Indonesia. In Indian market Bajaj played a major role in establishing the KTM brand, and now the Austrian two wheeler brand is hoping the same in Indonesian market. Like Indian market KTM’s sub 400 cc bikes in Indonesia will be sold through KTM branded stores which will be managed by Bajaj Auto.