India lacks in terms of adventure and touring bikes under Rs 5 Lakhs. The cheapest one earlier was the Hero Impulse, which is no longer in production due to low demand. Currently, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is the only adventure bike under Rs 5 Lakhs on sale in India. However, KTM has confirmed about its entry in the adventure segment with its upcoming KTM 390 Adventure. The bike is a pure 390cc adventure bike with a tall boy stance and some premium features. KTM 390 Adventure India launch will make an addition to KTM’s adventure bike range, which consists of the existing Streetfighter Dukes and Supersport RC. Expect the bike to be launched nearing Rs 2.3 Lakhs. It gets a whole new design scheme with some borrowings from the elder siblings. KTM announced about the development of this bike during the launch of RC 200, following which it was last spied in December 2016.
The bike gets a 373cc engine, the same one in Duke 390. The engine produces around 41 BHP worth of power and 37 Nm worth of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with dual-channel ABS. The bike is estimated to weigh around 160 Kgs. The suspension and its brakes will be set for hardcore off-roading as well as comfortable on-road riding. The bike gets Heavy-duty suspension with more play and durability, wider dual purpose tyre and wider, well padded and comfortable seats for both the rider and pillion.
In terms of features, the bike receives a small carrier at the back and mounts for luggage boxes, a bigger fuel tank capacity, exhaust mounted to the side in order to improve ground clearance for off-terrain riding, Knuckle guards, Visor, ABS and different riding modes. For braking, it gets double disc brakes at the front and rear with a dual-channel ABS. Overall, it gets very rugged looks, apt for adventure touring with an ability to switch over to your normal roads with ease.
Currently, the ADV segment under Rs 5 Lakhs consists of 1 bike. The Royal Enfield Himalayan is priced around Rs 1.68 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The upcoming Hero Xpulse will replace the Impulse and be the only ADV bike for Rs 1 Lakh. The bike is expected to launch by end of 2018. With KTM 390 Adventure launch, the not-so-famous ADV segment might get a boost.
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