KTM Motorcycles have had a far reach in India. Ever since the KTM 200 Duke was launched in 2012, the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer has captured the hearts of the enthusiasts in India. Fast and fun motorcycles with the right equipment on board and at a mouth watering price are sure shot winning formulas, isn’t it? Now, the manufacturer is set to expand its reach even more with the launch of the KTM 390 Adventure motorcycle. Yes, the long awaited Adventure low capacity motorcycle is going to make its way to the Indian market as early as Februrary 2019 (our guess). It will be first showcased at the 2018 EICMA show in Milan.
KTM India’s confirmation comes at a time when BMW Motorrad just announced that they have started taking bookings of the G310GS. The 300cc ADV will compete with the KTM 390 Adventure. Both should ideally retail at approximately the same price and it is a huge expectation that the KTM may even undercut the BMW’s pricing by a few thousands.
KTM will have a new frame for the Adventure series and will also have different suspension set up than the RC and Duke bikes. The motorcycle will sit tall, have ABS, luggage tethering options, digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity for the phone, disc brakes at the front and rear and LED headlights. Most likely, there will be spoke wheels on offer while the allure of alloy wheels may tempt KTM to launch it at a later date. The 375cc engine could sport a lower state of tune given the motorcycle’s off-road intentions and a different gearing pattern compared to the RC or Duke motorcycles. There is a possibility of KTM coming up with an electric powertrain for the ADV since they have been testing test mules with the same. However, in the Indian market, this will take sometime. 2020 perhaps!
KTM’s spare parts are also on the affordable side. Being partners with Bajaj Auto has helped them in a big way with respect to access to the infrastructure as well as the know-how of cost effective motorcycle making in India. Speaking of which. Bajaj will also likely have its own version of Adventure motorcycles after the not-so successful attempt at the AS series of bikes. Who know the new Bajaj ADV will be called AS400.