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12 KTM 390 ADVENTURE MY20 right


KTM has at last revealed their 390 Adventure. 44hp and 158kg – sounds just fine. A2 adventuring just got a little more orange

Scant details on this so far. Obviously, as you can see, it’s not an R version (will that come later in this show season?) But the makings are there… Here’s what KTM says about their new model:


“The new KTM 390 ADVENTURE has harnessed the attributes and DNA from the popular and highly rated KTM 790 ADVENTURE, as well as the development information learnt from nearly two decades of Dakar Rally success. An agile and ideal entry model for riders keen to discover the Adventure sensation, this motorcycle offers added versatility for touring and light offroading. Using elements of the KTM 390 DUKE as a base, the KTM 390 ADVENTURE offers proximity to the feeling and performance found at the root of the all-conquering KTM 450 RALLY but with crucial A2 license compatibility and current Euro emissions standards as part of the package.” 

11 KTM 390 ADVENTURE MY20 Action-1
So, how long before we see the R?


Details are flowing through. here are the key design highlights from KTM:

A powerful single cylinder, 4-stroke, 373.2 cc DOHC engine, electronic fuel injection, 3-way catalytic converter and balancer shaft, PASC slipper clutch and a Ride-by-Wire throttle for a smoother and more refined response.

State-of-the-art engine management system featuring the most modern electronic fuel injection system with a 46 mm throttle body.

Lightweight, precision-crafted exhaust system, comprising of a stainless steel header pipe and pre-muffler, which flow perfectly into a slim silencer.

Ultralight trellis frame strikes a forgiving balance of flex and stiffness and is designed for straight-line stability and agile and precise steering.

Bolt-on trellis subframe is compact and lightweight, but strong enough to carry a passenger and luggage, while negotiating extreme terrain.

Die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is a signature element of the KTM Adventure range. Precision manufactured with optimized stiffness, while still offering excellent flex characteristics. Its long design offers stability and the space needed for off-road tire tread.

WP APEX 43 mm upside-down fork was originally developed for enduro riding and is the leader when it comes to suspension in this class. It features a spring on both sides, but each fork leg has a separate function: compression damping is fitted on the left side, while rebound is on the right. (RUST comment: we can hope that if an R model is made it’ll come with XPLOR level of suspension components – 250mm of travel both ends?)

Cutting-edge WP APEX shock absorber provides 177 mm of travel and is ideal for traveling long distances in tough conditions. Thanks to an adjustable spring preload and rebound damping, it can be fine-tuned to different situations.

Extra robust cast wheels specifically designed for demanding terrain—19” front wheel and 17” rear wheel, both fitted with tubeless CONTINENTAL TKC 70 tires for a blend of street performance and offroad grip. (RUST comment: Again, if we get an R, let’s hope for 21″/18″ wire spoke wheels)

High-quality BYBRE brakes featuring a large 320 mm front brake disc and a 230 mm rear disc work perfectly with a 4-piston radially mounted front caliper and a 2-piston floating rear caliper to provide the ideal mix of control and stopping power.

Ergonomically designed fuel tank with impressive 14.5 liter (3.8 gallons) fuel capacity, together with its exceptional fuel economy, is set for more than 400 km (249 miles) of non-stop exploring on a full tank.

High-end, tapered aluminum handlebar that importantly, provides a comfortable riding position and maximum control.

Windshield profile that allows the rider to move around the bike freely and offers an unobstructed view directly in front of the bike, even when covered in dirt. It can also be mounted in either a lower or higher position to suit the rider’s size or needs.

LED lights are used as the main headlight and taillight and offer great illumination and visibility while being compact and light.

Multifunctional dashboard with full-color 5” TFT display is bright and clear and offers a configurable set up via the menu switch on the handlebar.

Off-road ABS function improves braking control in off-road situations. In this mode, ABS is deactivated on the rear wheel, while ABS activation on the front wheel is reduced.

Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) reduces the engine output with an extremely smooth, barely perceptible intervention if the rotational speed of the rear wheel is disproportionate to the speed of the engine, until the system has reduced slippage to manageable proportions for the current angle of lean.

Cornering ABS system allows riders to always use the full power of their brakes, while the system adjusts brake pressure to match the lean angle of the motorcycle for more predictable braking across a range of situations.

KTM MY RIDE comes as standard and allows for Bluetooth connection to control incoming calls and audio player through the full-color TFT display.

The KTM 390 ADVENTURE can optionally be equipped with a race-derived Quickshifter +. Up and down-shifts can be performed without the need to pull the clutch lever.

New KTM 390 Adventure Specification

Engine type

Single cylinder, 4-stroke


373.2 cc

Bore / stroke

89 / 60 mm


32 kW (44 hp) @ 9,000 rpm


37 Nm @ 7,000 rpm

Compression ratio


Starter / battery

Electric starter / 12V, 8 Ah


6 gears

Fuel system

Bosch EFI (throttle body 38 mm)


4 V / DOHC


Wet sump

Engine oil

Motorex Formula 4T 15W/50

Primary drive


Final drive



Liquid cooling


PASC™ slipper clutch, mechanically operated

Ignition / engine management

Bosch EMS with RBW

Traction control



Steel trellis frame, powder coated


Steel trellis frame, powder coated


Aluminum, tapered, Ø 26 / 22 mm

Front suspension

WP APEX, Ø 43 mm, adjustbable compression / rebound

Rear suspension

WP APEX shock absorber, adjustbable rebound and spring preload

Suspension travel front / rear

170 / 177 mm

Front brake

Single piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm

Rear brake

Double piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 230 mm


Bosch 9.1MP Two Channel (disengageable)

Wheels front / rear

Cast aluminium wheels 2.50 Å~ 19″; 3.50 Å~ 17″

Tires front / rear

100/90 Å~ 19; 130/80 Å~ 17


X-Ring 520


Stainless steel primary and aluminium secondary silencer

Steering head angle



98 mm

Wheel base

1,430 ± 15.5 mm

Ground clearance

200 mm

Seat height

855 mm

Fuel tank capacity

approx. 14.5 litres / 3.5 litres reserve

Dry weight

approx. 158 kg (without fuel)


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