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KTM 390 Adventure to be unveiled?

KTM 390 Adventure to be unveiled? - Motorcycle news: New bikes - Visordown

INDIAN websites are reporting that details of a KTM 390 Adventure are to be released at the EICMA show in November this year.

According to Motorbeam, the dual-sport bike will be heavily based on the Duke 390, featuring the same 43hp 373.2cc single-cylinder engine, six-speed gearbox and ABS brakes as standard.

However, the dual-sport machine will get long-travel suspension for increased ground clearance, dual-purpose tyres and a larger fuel tank for increased range. It’s also likely to get larger wheels for increased off-road capability and taller bars to support a more upright riding position.

The website claims that Stefan Pierer, KTM CEO, has said the new Adventure will be built in the Bajaj factory in Pune, India, to be exported to international markets.
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Be interesting to see how this 390 ends up, might just be a watered down Duke with 'token' suspension mods in the end though which would be a shame, it could be a great bike if they put some thought into it.

Id like to try the road legal 350 EXC-F with a larger tank, better seat and giant loop luggage for 'fast and light' trips, it has epic suspension and has now been refined for the last few years into one of the best road legal dirt bikes available here in Canada, it has been so popular that all the 2014's were sold out by last Christmas!
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I've read a couple reviews in the Brit magazines (BIKE and MC Sport/Leisure)
on the 390 Duke. I was surprised reviews were a bit mixed. Brake, suspension and fueling complaints, plus some build quality comments. But very early and very short reviews. They liked the power and handling, IIRC.

Far as I've heard both the KTM 200's and 390 Duke are for sale in the UK and EU. KTM claimed the USA would be getting both in the Fall '14. No local reviews as of yet.

About 1.5 years back Pierer did an interview in Cycle News (US). There he talked all about KTM and it's future. Great interview ... very detailed.

Anyway, he said then that the 390 Duke would be followed by at least two follow up models, for sure an Adventure version. So the 390 ADV has been on the cards for a while.

Lets hope they don't screw it up.

MSRP for the Duke in the UK is £4500 ($6750 USD) not cheap for a 400cc bike made in India, especially considering Yamaha's two latest models ... FZ-09 and FZ-07. $8K for the 09, $7K for the 07. I haven't heard how the KTM 200 sales are doing in India ... but KTM have high hopes in that market.

But US riders always pay less than UK .. so direct conversion does not work. I'd guess around $5000 USD for the 390 Duke, a bit more for an Adventure version, which is probably a year away from USA.

Recent report I read in MC Sport & Leisure shows KTM has done a major deal with a major Chinese manufacturer ... pics show assembly line, looks like the 200 but could be the 390's have shifted production to China and I've no idea what the implications are considering Bahaj own about half of KTM. Very strange goings on. EDIT further research indicates only assembly is being done in China ... units all manufactured in India at Bajaj factory. Chinese units for China only. My guess KTM/Bajaj will do more with China in future.

If done right, KTM could blow the doors off the market with a 390 Adventure.
Just what the market needs. Fingers crossed!

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Would put a spanner in the works for CCM if KTM do bring one out soon
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Very good point! Could really hurt CCM. But my "guess" is the KTM/Bajai will be far more street biased than the CCM. Probably heavier too. But for many, they want more on road comfort.

Real question will be long term reliability of the KTM. If the KTM is a BIG HIT, who knows what market reaction will be?

We could see Honda finally jumping on the ADV band wagon and maybe do a 400cc ADV bike out of Thailand or Brazil? Maybe Suzuki will finally release that up dated version of the DRZ they've been sitting on since 2007?

Yamaha may do a Mini Tenere' using the WR450 motor? Or take that FZ-07 parallel twin and do a smaller Super Tenere'?

So, all kinds of possibilities ... and IMO, not really much of a gamble for the OEM's to risk.

ADV-dual sport bike sales ALL doing well worldwide ... from the
KLR/DR/XR-L 650/G650 class to CRF250L/WR250R/KLX250S to KTM 690/500exc to Yam Tenere 660/1200 Super Tenere to KTM 1190 to BMW F800GS/1200GS-L.
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Sorry to be the party pooper...

http://www.advpulse.com/adv-bikes/ho...390-adventure/

From the article:

KTM’s Press & PR Coordinator in Austria provided ADV Pulse with an official response regarding the status of the 390 Adventure.
“From a strategical point of view KTM always considers new developments and for this reason: never say no. But currently such models are not foreseen.”
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