Gone are the days when going from A to B. The 2023 KTM 390 ADVENTURE rewrites the rulebook on what the daily commute needs to be. Merging all-road versatility and proven reliability with real-world performance, a proven 373 cc powerplant, and a class-leading chassis, the KTM 390 ADVENTURE not only seeks out new adventures – it leaves no path unexplored.
The KTM 390 ADVENTURE might seem small in stature, but twist the throttle and you’ll awaken 44 eager horses ready to gallop toward the horizon. Merge that with a robust 6-speed sequential gearbox, QUICKSHIFTER +, and carefully tuned gear ratios, and the KTM 390 ADVENTURE quickly charges along with a smooth, uninhibited power spread for any terrain. Oh, and for complete adventure beginners – the KTM 390 ADVENTURE meets all A2 rider license requirements.
What’s an adventure without fuel range? The KTM 390 ADVENTURE boasts a 14.5-liter fuel capacity and exceptional fuel economy. This means 400 km jaunts into the faraway outdoors are easily achievable. What’s more, the fuel tank represents a central element of the design and engineering, offering excellent ergonomics for riders of all sizes without sacrificing offroad handling.
Not to be outdone on the tarmac, the KTM 390 ADVENTURE effortlessly carves through mountain roads, thanks in part to its low center of gravity, nimble handling, and 19″ front wheel. This also means you can grab a handful of brakes with total confidence thanks thigh-tech Cornering ABS unit. This allows riders to use full braking power mid-corner by continuously monitoring and evaluating the current dynamic state of the motorcycle, enhancing safety and stability during braking.
You’ll no doubt hit some highways at some stage. Good thing, then, that the KTM 390 ADVENTURE boasts a sturdy and efficient windshield. Thanks to its slim profile, the rider isn’t obstructed when moving around the machine. It also offers an unobstructed view directly in front of the bike – even when covered in dirt. As an added bonus, the windshield can also be mounted in a lower or higher position to suit the ride, with different windshield offerings of available from the KTM PowerParts catalogue.
The KTM 390 ADVENTURE boasts heavy-duty spoked wheels at each end, making it extremely ready to tackle the toughest of dirt trails. No more worries about cracked or chipped rims, these spoked setups perfectly compliment the offroad-orientated tires to provide unmatched confidence when charging off into the wilderness.
When the tar road ends and the dirt track begins, KTM 390 ADVENTURE riders can simply switch to OFFROAD MODE. This allows a certain rear-wheel slip, meaning muddy puddles or thick sand is easily navigated. More so, in OFFROAD MODE, OFFROAD ABS is also activated, meaning you can pull your best Chris Birch impressions locking up the rear wheel to slide into corners. OFFROAD MODE also maintains its settings in the event of stalling the engine or switching off your machine, meaning you’re ready to go as soon as the engine fires up.
With many years of development in the toughest terrain, the KTM 390 ADVENTURE boasts WP APEX suspension at each wheel. This results in a best-in-class handling package that is ready to tackle any adventure. Not only that, but the cutting-edge WP APEX shock absorber provides tailored performance ideal for traveling long distances in tough conditions. Thanks to an adjustable spring preload and rebound damping, it can also be fine-tuned to suit the rider, conditions, and nature of adventure.
The KTM 390 ADVENTURE features distinctive KTM-style bodywork and graphics, providing excellent ergonomics and an aggressive look inspired by KTM’s vast Rally racing heritage. This can be seen in everything from the headlight mask to the low front fender. The tank spoilers and rear side panels are slightly wider than the seat for optimized control when standing on the pegs, while the shape of the fuel tank is optimized to offer freedom of movement when tackling tricky technical terrain. A robust engine guard also makes its intentions known by protecting the engine and exhaust when venturing off the tarmac into the dirt.
A state-of-the-art, full-color TFT display adorns the cockpit of the KTM 390 ADVENTURE. This best-in-class display interface automatically adapts to variations in ambient light. For the best use of power, the rev counter blinks when it’s time to shift. The 5” display is easy to read and the main information is arranged in such a way that you can immediately see it. The rider can also easily select which information they would like on the screen via the multi-functional menu switch on the handlebar.
Some adventures take a little longer than others. However, thanks to ultra-bright best in class LED lights on the KTM 390 ADVENTURE, you’ll have no problems navigating your way home. The LEDs also take their design cues from the bigger KTM ADVENTURE machines, so they not only offer great illumination and visibility but are designed to be compact, to reduce the overall volume of the motorcycle.
MTC (MOTORCYCLE TRACTION CONTROL)
Providing traction when you need it most, the MTC – or Motorcycle Traction Control – system fitted to the KTM 390 ADVENTURE is a lean-angle sensitive system that reacts the instant it senses the rear wheel rotational speed becoming disproportionate to the riding situation. Put more simply; MTC reacts in milliseconds to smoothly reduce engine output to reduce slippage to stop the spin, and keep you moving forward safely.
Even on adventures, you want to stay connected. Thanks to the KTM MY RIDE system, the KTM 390 ADVENTURE connects to your smartphone allowing you to make phone calls, listen to music and use the optional turn-by-turn navigating feature, all via the TFT display.
KTM 390 ADVENTURE features an ultra-lightweight, yet extremely stable trellis frame – just like the multi-championship winning KTM 450 RALLY. It provides the backbone to the KTM 390 ADVENTURE and is a major element that accounts for its nimble handling, and forgiving the balance of flex and stiffness. This, combined with a wheelbase of 1430 mm and a 63.5-degree steering head angle, means it was built to tackle the dirtiest of trails in the great outdoors.
Let’s be clear about it – the KTM 390 ADVENTURE is all about hitting the tough stuff. It is designed to be an adventure machine, from its Rally-style windscreen, right down to its offroad-focused footpegs. All-day riding comfort, supreme offroad agility, and unmatched rider involvement make the KTM 390 ADVENTURE a class leader when it comes to taking the path less traveled in complete control.
The KTM 390 ADVENTURE features a two-part seat that provides unmatched comfort and rider control. Being narrower in the front than the rear, it not only provides easy accessibility for shorter riders but also better control on difficult terrain. The seat can be easily removed for access to the airbox and a small storage compartment underneath, with the KTM PowerParts team, having also specifically developed different seats to match individual customer needs from comfort to riding style.
Wide, robust footpegs lifted directly from KTM offroad models give a hint to the KTM 390 ADVENTURE’s party trick. Developed for all-day riding comfort – standing or seated – the footpegs are perfectly matched to both street or offroad boots, and feature easy-to-remove rubber inserts for when the riding really gets rough.