Is there a KTM 390 Adventure R on the way?

Since its inception, a more hardcore version of the 390 Adventure has been expected; however, we’re not sure whether the Austrians will call it the 390 Adventure R or the Enduro!

When it comes to KTM motorcycles’ premium segment, the Austrian company typically produces a more hardcore variant of its offerings; for example, the KTM 890 Duke and the 890 Duke R, the KTM 1290 Super Duke S and the 1290 Super Duke R, and so on.

But, for the first time, KTM is focusing on the 390 Adventure, its (almost) entry-level motorcycle, and developing a more hardcore version of it. The spy shits circulating the internet confirm that the small-capacity motorcycle’s test mule is, in fact, a 390 Adventure with modifications to improve its offroad capabilities.

Is there a KTM 390 Adventure R on the way?
Is there a KTM 390 Adventure R on the way?

For starters, the test mule that has been spotted on the international market has wire-spoke wheels, which are actually a better offroading setup. The knobby tyres seen on the spied 390 ADV were more off-road oriented than the dual-purpose tyres available on the outgoing 390 Adventure.

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In addition, the new adventure motorcycle’s chassis appears to be in the works. KTM will primarily use steel trellis construction, but we expect the overall chassis and subframe structure to be lighter – and lightness is an important factor in off-roading.

Is there a KTM 390 Adventure R on the way?
Is there a KTM 390 Adventure R on the way?

In comparison to the 390 Adventure, the subframe is flatter, resulting in a single-piece seat. The seat will most likely be similar to the rally seat that comes with the Hero Xpulse 200 rally kit. The rider can slide forward and back to manage weight distribution with this design. The overall body design will be slimmer than the 390 Adventure, allowing the rider to more easily grip the fuel tank with his knees.

The reworked chassis will necessitate new suspension geometry, but if you look closely, you’ll notice that the rear mono shock is mounted very acutely, which begs the question of whether KTM has also reworked on the swing arm design.

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The motorcycle will be powered by the same 373cc liquid-cooled monoblock engine found in the 390 Duke, Adventure, and RC. The gearbox will be a six-speed unit with heavily reworked ratios.

Is there a KTM 390 Adventure R on the way?
Is there a KTM 390 Adventure R on the way?

The electronic suit will be the same as the one that came with the previous 390 Adventure, but the software should be updated for this newer model.

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The official debut is expected to happen by the end of the year, but the India launch of this product is still a long way off. Even if the motorcycle is launched in India, it is possible that some of the features of the 390 Adventure R will be removed for the Indian market.

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