G’day fellow Living With Gravity acolytes. I have been given the pleasant task this month of writing a ride impression of the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure. A bike which I just happened to have recently purchased.
The first thing that really impresses me about this machine is the value for money. No bike in the small-bore adventure category can match it for the higher-spec suspension and electronics package.
The great design, excellent ergonomics and willing engine from the 390 duke make this a very versatile package.
That little engine will redline in every gear giving the machine a top speed of around 160k. The bike will cruise effortlessly at freeway speeds and overtaking is a downshift away.
The trade-off is that the engine does feel better on the road and does not have the traditional bottom end feel compared to more dirt orientated 4 stroke.
There are plenty of great things about this little Austrian machine.
The tyres are a 60/40 road bias and this bike is surprisingly handy on a twisty mountain road when the whole package comes together to give you a worry-free ride.
It is a good fit for the taller rider and it is obvious KTM worked hard on the riding position. A slipper clutch, traction control and cornering abs are safety aids that put this machine in the top of its class.
The front Bybre brake system will pull you up with 1 finger whilst the rear brake has long lever travel but good feel.
Blue tooth integration is standard. It will give you directions on the dash via the KTM app as well as allow to listen to music and take calls via the relevant blue tooth receiver.
An up-down quick shift comes as a factory option as well as various luggage, engine guards and higher screen options. An Akropovic silencer is also available.
The bike retails at INR 2.99 Lakhs (ex-showroom) in India and $8,995 in Australia.
The bike is very frugal with a 400 km tank range. To sum up, a great extremely versatile small bore tourer, commuter, trail, adventure and everyday bike. Cheap to run, quality design and components. Great work KTM.
Review, Image and Video Source by our Motorcycle General Christopher Bridges.
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