Here is a detailed comparison between the new Royal Enfield Himalayan and KTM Duke 390 Adventure in terms of specifications and design. This is a popular segment of motorcycles for the off-roading enthusiasts. Both these are extremely successful in our market. Now, the Indian two-wheeler giant has introduced a new version of the Himalayan with a new engine, revised aesthetics and features. On the other hand, the 390 Adventure was also updated some time ago. Let us compare these two thoroughly in this blog post.
RE Himalayan vs KT Duke 390 – Specs Comparison
The new Himalayan now has a bigger engine in comparison to the outgoing model. It now comes with a 452-cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC 4V engine which generates a healthy 40.02 PS @8,000 RPM and 40 Nm @5,500 RPM of peak power and torque. This engine pairs well with a 6-speed slip & assist gearbox with a wet multi-plate clutch. It has a 42 mm throttle body with a Ride-by-Wire system. The bore and stroke are 84 mm and 81.5 mm, respectively. It is constructed on a twin spar tubular steel frame and has a 43 mm USD front fork with 200 mm wheel travel at a linkage-type mono-shock at the rear with 200 mm wheel travel.
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The new Himalayan is 2,245 mm long and has a wheelbase of a healthy 1,510 mm. Staying true to its adventurous characteristics, it comes with an adequate ground clearance of 230 mm. The seat height can be adjusted between 805 mm and 845 mm. The dry weight of the motorcycle is 181 kg and the fuel tank capacity is 17 litres. It comes with a 90-section 21-inch tyre at the front and a 140-section 17-inch tyre at the rear. Finally, the front tyre has a 320 mm ventilated disc with a double-piston calliper, while the rear has a 270 mm ventilated disc with a single-piston calliper. The thorough revision on the new RE Himalayan is evident.
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KTM Duke 390 Adventure
The 390 Duke introduces a fresh 373.27-cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, delivering 43.5 PS @9,000 RPM and 37 Nm @7,000 RPM of peak power and torque. It’s equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine boasts an 89 mm bore and a 60 mm stroke. In terms of its mechanical components, standout features include a 43 mm WP Apex USD front fork suspension with adjustable compression and rebound, offering 170 mm of travel. At the rear, there’s a WP Apex monoshock suspension with 5-step rebound and preload adjustments, providing 177 mm of travel.
It is built on the Split-Trellis frame (tubular) with a bolt-on subframe and comes with Ride-by-wire, Quickshifter and slipper clutch. Furthermore, the front tyre now boasts a 320 mm disc, while the rear tyre is equipped with a 230 mm disc. Dual-channel ABS is a standard feature across the entire range. Collectively, these enhancements greatly improve the bike’s adaptability to different riding conditions. The bike weighs 165 kg, and the seat height is fixed at 820 mm.
|Specs Comparison||RE Himalayan||390 Duke Adventure|
|Power (PS)||40.02 @ 8,000||43.5 @ 9,000|
|Torque (Nm)||40 @ 5,500||37 @ 7,000|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||84 X 81.5||89 x 60|
|Front Suspension||USD||WP Apex USD|
|Rear Suspension||Linkage-type Monoshock||WP Apex monoshock|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||230||200|
|Seat Height (mm)||805-845||855|
|Fuel Tank (l)||17||14.5|
|Front Disc (mm)||320||320|
|Rear Disc (mm)||270||230|
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RE Himalayan vs KT Duke 390 – Design Comparison
The new Himalayan comes with some visual enhancements in comparison to the previous model. Some key design highlights include a new front windshield, tweaked LED headlamps, LED indicators, 21-inch front tyre, a longer suspension travel, a cover on the shock absorbers, enticing colour combinations, fuel tank protecting iron rods, body graphics, dual-tone seat colours, split-seat arrangement, LED indicators at the rear, a sleek exhaust pipe, sturdily built and throaty exhaust note. The tyres are off-roading focused. It has a 4-inch round fully round instrument cluster with phone connectivity, full map navigation (powered by Google Maps), media controls along with ride modes, a USB-C type charging port, and more. It sets itself apart from the outgoing model quite convincingly.
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On the other hand, the KTM 390 Adventure has one of the most striking and extreme appearances in the market. It is unmistakably KTM with its quirky elements. At the front, there is that angular split LED headlamp cluster with integrated LED DRLs, sporty tyre cover at the front, loud body graphics, wide and robust foot pegs, two-part seat, height adjustable windshield to protect the rider in any condition, wide grab handles at the rear with a sleek tail section, black side body panels and more. It certainly looks more adventurous than the Himalayan.
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What We Think
The new RE Himalayan is sure to spur competition and excitement in this segment of motorcycles in our market. The two-wheeler giant offers enough incentives to switch to the new Himalayan and it is now more desirable than ever. On the other hand, the KTM Duke 390 Adventure continues to be a worthy rival to the Himalayan. Hence, a lot will depend on the price of the new Himalayan which will be out soon. Let us see how well the customers like it.