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Motorcycles 2020 KTM 390 Adventure Review

13:42  16 july  2020
13:42  16 july  2020 Source:   dirtrider.com

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I don’t know why I assumed the new baby KTM 390 Adventure would be more of a milquetoast little beginner bike, like most of the other wannabe ADV bikes in

KTM wants all motorcyclists to have a real taste of adventure with its latest ADV-class entry. Introducing the super-light and super-affordable 390

After several years of teasing us with the idea of a smaller-displacement adventure bike, KTM has finally released the 390 Adventure for 2020. This bike is a compact, sporty, street-enduro model that has you taking a second look asking, “Is this a dressed up KTM Duke or a full-blown Adventure model?” With both bikes side by side on the showroom floor, it’s clear this is intended to be an Adventure model.

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Riding the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure. © Provided by Dirt Rider Riding the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure.

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The KTM 390 Adventure comes with a 19 inches front wheel, 44 hp, impressive electronics and optional equipment for this class and a 400 km range due to the

2020 KTM 390 Adventure Chassis. Lightweight frame similar to the 450 Rally. Nimble handling. Two-channel, lean-sensitive Bosch ABS. MSRP on the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure is ,199 when it lands on our side of the pond. As far as paint goes, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that there are two

When you think of KTM and motorcycles, you usually equate them with their slogan of being “Ready to Race.” This can sometimes translate into higher-end performance, and consequently a higher price. For the 390 Adventure, KTM has kept the number of features high and the price point low with a suggested retail price of $6,199.

As for its features, the 390 Adventure makes uses of several higher-end electronics that are carried down from other KTM travel bike models such as the 790 Adventure R including its TFT display multicolor dashboard, engine control assistance with ride-by-wire throttle, and MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) featuring lean-angle sensitivity. Additionally, it has an antilock braking system (ABS), also with lean-angle sensitivity, and an off-road mode option.

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Hey guys, it’s your boy CZAR KAISER and today we’re gonna talk about: “The New highly-anticipated 2020 KTM 390 Adventure ”. It’s been rumoured for several

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a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Riding the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure. © Jeff Allen Riding the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure.

The KTM My Ride system is a downloadable app that works on this bike. It enables you to connect to the TFT display via Bluetooth and make calls, listen to music, and use the optional turn-to-turn navigating app. It thoughtfully displays on the bike’s dashboard, allowing you to keep your phone safe and secure inside your jacket pockets.

This bike has a few other added off-road features such as crashbars to protect the bodywork and wraparound hand guards, which are a nice touch. There is also a substantial skid plate that covers the engine and exhaust well. The cast aluminum 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels along with the Continental TKC 70 tires are a little more road-oriented, but fit well with the styling of the bike.

2020 KTM 390 Adventure Engine

a motorcycle parked on the side of a dirt field: Although it shares the same 373cc engine as the 390 Duke, the KTM 390 Adventure makes slightly less horsepower and torque than its streetbike counterpart. On the Dirt Rider dyno, the 390 Adventure cranked out 37.5 hp at 9,000 rpm and 23.2 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm. © Provided by Dirt Rider Although it shares the same 373cc engine as the 390 Duke, the KTM 390 Adventure makes slightly less horsepower and torque than its streetbike counterpart. On the Dirt Rider dyno, the 390 Adventure cranked out 37.5 hp at 9,000 rpm and 23.2 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm.

For the usual Dirt Rider readers, this is not the KTM 350 SX-F motocross bike engine punched out to 373cc. It’s the same single-cylinder, DOHC engine that comes in the 390 Duke. However, it’s tuned slightly differently to make it a little more off-road friendly. When measured on the Dirt Rider dyno, it produced 37.5 hp and 23.2 pound-feet of torque, only slightly lower than the 390 Duke’s 40.5 hp and 26.1 pound-feet numbers. The 390 Adventure has a 46mm throttle body connected to an electronic ride-by-wire throttle control system.

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KTM wants all motorcyclists to have a real taste of adventure with its latest ADV-class entry. Introducing the super-light and super-affordable 390 The 390 Adventure builds upon KTM ’s storied 22-year history of engineering go-anywhere, do-anything bikes that appeal to wanderlust riders who

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Equipped with a six-speed transmission, the 390 Adventure’s gears are low enough to really maximize the torque but run longer than expected. © Provided by Dirt Rider Equipped with a six-speed transmission, the 390 Adventure’s gears are low enough to really maximize the torque but run longer than expected.

All six gears are low enough to really maximize the torque but run longer than expected, especially first gear. The engine has enough torque to pull you just into the triple-digit mph range as well. The 390 Adventure is equipped with a Quickshifter+ that is designed to enable up- and downshifts to be performed without the need to pull in the clutch lever. The bike also has a cable clutch system with a streetbike-style lever adjuster. The clutch use was easy and minimal.

2020 KTM 390 Adventure Suspension & Chassis/Handling

a motorcycle parked on the side of a dirt field: The 390 Adventure features WP Apex suspension components, a steel trellis frame, and a die-cast lattice-form swingarm. © Provided by Dirt Rider The 390 Adventure features WP Apex suspension components, a steel trellis frame, and a die-cast lattice-form swingarm.

The WP Apex 43mm inverted fork is an open cartridge system with external compression and rebound adjustability. The WP Apex shock is adjustable for spring preload and rebound control. The fork and shock travel are 6.7 inches and 6.9 inches, respectively.

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KTM 390 Adventure price starts at Rs.2.99 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). The 390 Adventure features WP suspension up front but with longer travel than the road going sibling. The rear monoshock also gets longer travel and is preload and rebound adjustable.

The KTM 390 Adventure has finally, finally made its way to India. Adventure being KTM ’S DNA, this one should promise all the fun off-road, right? Saddle up

a man flying through the air while riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: The 390 Adventure’s suspension works well so long as you keep in mind what it is designed for. You have to keep the wheels on the ground or risk heavy bottoming. © Provided by Dirt Rider The 390 Adventure’s suspension works well so long as you keep in mind what it is designed for. You have to keep the wheels on the ground or risk heavy bottoming.

The 390 Adventure uses a trellis frame developed from the KTM 450 Rally in an effort to provide the best combination of flex and stiffness with dimensions almost identical to the one on the 390 Duke. The die-cast, lattice-form swingarm features flex and stiffness designed to match the frame.

How Does The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure Ride?

My experience with adventure bikes is limited, so getting to know the 390 Adventure and how all the systems interacted was fun. For my adventure bike experience, it’s a perfect bike to start out on. Being that this KTM is an adventure bike and Dirt Rider is an off-road publication, I spent the majority of my time testing it in the dirt, but did log some street miles as well. I also kept in mind that this is an entry-level and somewhat of a price point bike, so I decided to resist the urge to replace the Continental TKC 70 tires for something more off-road friendly.

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: The 390 Adventure is a lot of fun on the pavement. It has adequate power to maneuver around and keep up at highway speeds. © Provided by Dirt Rider The 390 Adventure is a lot of fun on the pavement. It has adequate power to maneuver around and keep up at highway speeds.

On the pavement, this bike is a lot of fun. Since I spend very little time on city streets and highways, I found the 390 Adventure to be just about right. There was adequate power to maneuver around and keep up at highway speeds. Overtaking another vehicle needs to be planned a little more than if you were on a larger-displacement bike. The suspension seemed to offer the right amount of control when cornering and minimal diving on braking. The front brake worked very well on the road with a nice, smooth engagement, but had plenty of extra bite when you really needed it.

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After getting comfortable with the 390 Adventure on the pavement, it was time to see what it could do in the dirt; let the fun begin. It didn’t take me long to realize that some things are good on pavement but need to be tweaked for dirt riding. Fortunately, the 390 Adventure rider aids have different settings for different conditions. ABS can be switched from “on-road,” which controls both the front and rear brake, to “off-road,” controlling only the front brake and therefore allowing the rider to slide the rear wheel under braking. The other option that worked very well was traction control (TC). While it was useful for casual dirt riding, turning it off made the bike much more fun to ride.

You may think the 390 Adventure might be underpowered, but the torque and the way the power delivery is set up made it work extremely well. Even with TC off, the electronic ride-by-wire throttle control seemed somewhat intuitive. It is the kind of system that could be very interesting on a 450cc motocrosser. The engine chugs along well with the rpm at the appropriate level, and if you want to get aggressive, you only need to rev it a little harder. Honestly, if the 390 Adventure had much more power, it may have been a little hard to handle with the stock tires. At no point riding it off road was I maxed out on power.

The chassis is definitely set up for a rider to be in the sitting position 90 percent of the time.  Standing can feel a little uncomfortable if you are 5-foot-10 or taller; the handlebar will feel a little low. The ergonomics are fairly good with only the seat-to-footpeg distance being a little cramped for me. This is mainly because KTM makes an effort to keep the seat height as low as possible, which benefits new riders. The levers and grips have a little more of a streetbike feel. The windshield worked well and it is slightly adjustable; unless you are commuting 20 or more miles to and from work on the highway each day, I would suggest to leave it in the lower position.

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a man riding a bike down a dirt road: When you are in a sitting position while riding the 390 Adventure, the bike is balanced. We were pleasantly surprised how well the front wheel tracked. © Provided by Dirt Rider When you are in a sitting position while riding the 390 Adventure, the bike is balanced. We were pleasantly surprised how well the front wheel tracked.

Riding hard-packed dirt roads feels comfortable on the 390 Adventure. With a full load of fuel, it weighs 387 pounds, but the weight was not all that noticeable riding it. In the sitting position, the bike is balanced; I was surprised how well the front wheel tracked. Standing through some of the looser corners helped to make the bike stay a little more planted. Its straight-line stability was also very good. As I got into sand and other softer terrain, I had to pay a little more attention to not push the front end. Standing was very important in these conditions and several times I found myself comfortable sitting on the passenger seat as it really helped transfer weight to the rear wheel and float the front in the sand.

The suspension works well as long as you keep in mind what it is designed for. The bike tracked well in the rocks with minimal deflection and reasonable comfort. It soaked up smaller, gradual rollers and even did well in smaller G-outs. Its only real weakness was a hard, direct hit to the front end like if you hit a buried rock or got the wheels more than 3 inches off the ground.

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: The kickstand warning light on the 390 Adventure’s dashboard sometimes comes on while riding off road. We found the reason to be that our left heel was pushing it down. This issue was easily correctable by bending the small wire loop welded to the side of the kickstand inward to allow for more clearance. © Provided by Dirt Rider The kickstand warning light on the 390 Adventure’s dashboard sometimes comes on while riding off road. We found the reason to be that our left heel was pushing it down. This issue was easily correctable by bending the small wire loop welded to the side of the kickstand inward to allow for more clearance.

The one issue I had was the engine cutting out while riding off road. It only took me roughly 50 miles to figure out what was happening. After numerous close calls and mysterious engine stalls, I noticed the yellow kickstand warning light on the dashboard. My first thought was the kickstand was bouncing and making the engine cut out. After another 3 or 4 miles and paying close attention to the trails, I realized it was not the kickstand moving on its own, but my heel pushing it down. Fortunately, this was easily correctable. There is a small wire loop welded to the side of the kickstand that was sticking out and positioned directly below my heel. I simply bent it in to allow clearance for my foot and, presto, the issue was resolved.

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a man riding a horse: The KTM 390 Adventure is an excellent entry-level motorcycle and a great value for its retail price of $6,199. © Provided by Dirt Rider The KTM 390 Adventure is an excellent entry-level motorcycle and a great value for its retail price of $6,199.

I rode the 390 Adventure at the 2020 Big Bear Run AMA National Dual Sport & Adventure Bike Ride on the advanced easy loop that is designed to be ridden on a true dual sport bike like a KTM 350 EXC-F without any issues. If it can withstand that, it’s safe to say that it is certainly built to KTM standards. If you are a novice or entry-level rider and looking for a streetbike that you can commute back and forth to work on every day and still take the back roads to the lake for the weekend, or just feel like you want to hit the dirt and explore, you may want to take a long, hard look at this bike. Don’t let the 373cc engine fool you; it will get you wherever you want to go faster than you expected. The 390 Adventure is a very easy bike to ride and will allow you to learn more about how to ride, resulting in a very enjoyable experience. At $6,199 you can’t go wrong.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a dirt field: Although it shares the same 373cc engine as the 390 Duke, the KTM 390 Adventure makes slightly less horsepower and torque than its streetbike counterpart. On the Dirt Rider dyno, the 390 Adventure cranked out 37.5 hp at 9,000 rpm and 23.2 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm. © Jeff Allen Although it shares the same 373cc engine as the 390 Duke, the KTM 390 Adventure makes slightly less horsepower and torque than its streetbike counterpart. On the Dirt Rider dyno, the 390 Adventure cranked out 37.5 hp at 9,000 rpm and 23.2 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm.

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2020 KTM 390 Adventure Tech Spec

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Equipped with a six-speed transmission, the 390 Adventure’s gears are low enough to really maximize the torque but run longer than expected. © Jeff Allen Equipped with a six-speed transmission, the 390 Adventure’s gears are low enough to really maximize the torque but run longer than expected.

PRICE $6,199
ENGINE 373cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
MEASURED HORSEPOWER 37.5 hp @ 9,000 rpm
MEASURED TORQUE 23.2 lb.-ft. @ 7,000 rpm
FRAME Steel trellis
FRONT SUSPENSION WP Apex 43mm inverted fork adjustable for compression and rebound damping; 6.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION WP Apex shock adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping; 6.9-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE ByBre 4-piston caliper, 320mm disc
REAR BRAKE ByBre 2-piston caliper, 230mm disc
WHEELBASE 56.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 33.6 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 3.8 gal.
MEASURED WEIGHT 387 lb. wet
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CONTACT ktm.com

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