KTM 390 Adventure Review

POSTED: 29/08/2020

KTM have got this bike bike just right. It’s a versatile adventure / touring bike, much more than a 390 Duke re-vamp, it's a brilliant road bike with the ability to keep going when the road runs out. Don't get me wrong, it ain't no EXC, but if you want to experience some trail riding along the ride, don't worry about it, the 390 can cope with ease.

Adventure bikes can be a touch too serious, too organised, too adult. So once we recalibrate our thinking to the 390 Adventure being a travel bike (which is KTM’s own designation, we can see the design indeed stacks up rather well. It’s not here to ride enduro or rally, and for trail riding and wider adventure touring as KTM put it.

The motor comes from the 390 Duke, but is also found in the RC390 supersport that’s seeing road race service on tracks around Europe. In the 390 Adventure it is slightly retuned, for more torque, but the power is the same as both those roadies at 44hp. That power is more than enough and packs a hefty punch in the light chassis.

Cruising speeds are comfortable whether you’re talking 60mph on dual carriageways, or 70-80mph on motorways. The gearbox is slick and with the optional quickshifter fitted is ridiculously smooth while quick shifting. The ratios are all nicely matched. It just hums along.

The bike has great road holding too. The 390 Adventure has all the poise and agility of a sporty road bike. The riding position is of course more relaxed, with those wider mx style bars and a fairly wide seat-handlebar-footpeg triangle, so it’s comfortable for long rides and tuned in for faster more dynamic riding.

The screen works well, too, (you have two height options), get a test ride on the 390 Adventure soon, you'll be pleasantly surprised and I'm sure eager to part with your money for a superb, reliable, middleweight adventure bike. Top drawer KTM, well done :)

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