The Adventure motorcycle segment seems to have taken a sudden liking amongst the two-wheeler manufacturers. 2018 and 2019 (till-now) saw many new ADV bikes debuting the Indian market.
Austria-based KTM is going to launch the 390 Adventure in India, as we all know. It has been delayed for some time now, as it was earlier predicted to be launched in 2018 itself.
However, latest reports suggest that prior to the entry-level ADV, KTM 790 Adventure might be launched in India. The middle-weight ADV is reportedly scheduled to launch by the Festive season 2019.
KTM 790 Adventure will be bought in via the CKD route. The levers and panels will be locally sourced, while the rest of the parts will be imported. As of now, the localization percentage is unknown.
In the global markets, KTM has just launched the 790 Adventure. In the US markets, the ADV goes for Rs USD 12499 (Rs 8.87 Lakhs) and the ‘R’ variant goes for USD 123,499 (Rs 9.59 Lakhs).
KTM 790 Adventure uses a LC8c parallel-twin cylinder 799cc engine, that is capable of delivering 95 BHP and 88 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
For suspension purposes, it uses 43mm WP USD forks at the front and a WP monoshock at the back. The suspension travel has been set of 200mm for both the ends. Also, both the suspension are adjustable.
Premium features onboard include ride-by-wire throttle, riding modes, multi-level traction control and switchable ABS as standard. The more premium ‘R’ variant gets Rally mode. Optional features onboard include cruise control and Quickshifter+.
We expect the prices to range between Rs 8 Lakhs to Rs 8.5 Lakhs (ex-showroom). At this price point, it will maintain a stiff competition.
In India, it will go against the likes of Triumph Tiger 800XR, Ducati Multistrada 950 and Suzuki V-Strom 650.