Let’s begin this by saying that the Impulse set the tone for small capacity adventure tourers in India. Due to its cc deficit, it lost out but paved the way for others. By this, we mean the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the ilk. The Himalayan quickly rose through the ranks and became a favourite. There is now the BS-6 version available. This one has got new colour schemes, an updated engine, switchable ABS as well as a three year warranty. The power output is still rider friendly and so is the price.
Rider friendly the KTM 390 Adventure definitely isn’t. Or at least as much as the Himalayan. It has got more rider aids than even the significantly expensive BMW G310 GS. There is switchable ABS, TFT display, cornering ABS, quickshifter and many more. The engine is again BS-6 and powerful as well. However it’s off road capability is still a doubt given the alloys. How do these two fare out in a specifications war? Check the spec table closely. Our choice is the RE Himalayan.
|Type||Single cylinder, liquid cooled||Single cylinder, Air cooled|
|Valvetrain||4 valves||4 valves|
|Ground clearance (mm)||200||220|
|Fuel tank capacity||14.5 litres||15 litres|
|Kerb weight (kg)||NA||199|
|Front||WP Apex 43mm Upside down||Telescopic, 41 mm forks|
|Rear||WP Apex Shock Absorber||Monoshock with linkage|
|Front||320mm disc||300mm disc|
|Rear||230mm disc||240mm disc|
|Price (ex-Mumbai)||2.99 lakh||1.86 lakh|