2020 KTM 390 Adventure

KTM’s new beginner-friendly ADV.

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New for 2020, the KTM 390 Adventure is the first beginner adventure motorcycle from the Austrian manufacturer. It is powered by the familiar and approachable 373cc single-cylinder motor seen in the 390 Duke, with styling cues that match the larger ADV bikes in KTM’s lineup. Unlike the street-focused brother, this model is destined for the dirt with its long-travel WP Apex suspension (6.7-inch front, 7.0-inch rear), knobbed 19- and 17-inch front and rear Continental TKC 70 tires, and an ABS off-road mode that disengages ABS to the rear wheel. This beginner-friendly ADV doesn’t skimp out on tech either with cornering ABS, traction control, ride-by-wire throttle, and a slipper clutch to name a few. Beginners now have a small ADV machine from KTM for slogging around in the dirt and down rough roads.

2020 KTM 390 Adventure Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Upon our First Ride, resident KTM expert Justin Dawes claimed, “It’s a capable, comfortable, and entertaining adventure motorcycle, displacement be damned. Its street civility and off-road chops will allow it to hang with larger and much more expensive adventure motorcycles. KTM listened to the fans and gave them what they have asked for: a small-displacement motorcycle worthy of the KTM Adventure name.”

Rolling it into the in-house dyno, the KTM 390 Adventure produced 37.5 hp at 8,970 rpm and 23.2 pound-feet of torque at 6,990 rpm at the rear wheel.

While this may be the first small ADV from Austria, the Bavarians and Japanese have already introduced their own mini ADVs with the BMW G 310 GS, Honda CB500X, and Kawasaki Versys 300-X.

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KTM 390 Adventure Updates For 2020

The KTM 390 Adventure is a new model for 2020 and comes in white or orange colorways, and $6,199 is starting MSRP.

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2020 KTM 390 Adventure Claimed Specifications

2020 KTM 390 Adventure Claimed Specifications $18,699
Price: $6,199
Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder
Displacement: 373cc
Bore x Stroke: 89.0 x 60.0mm
Horsepower: 44.0 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Torque: 27.3 lb.-ft. @ 7,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Seat Height: 33.7 in.
Rake: 26.5°
Trail: 3.9 in.
Front Suspension: 43mm fork, compression and rebound adjustable; 6.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Rebound and preload adjustable; 7.0-in. travel
Front Tire: 100/90-19
Rear Tire: 130/80-17
Wheelbase: 56.3 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.8 gal. w/ 0.9 in reserve
Dry Weight: 348 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height: 33.7 in.
Wet Weight: 387 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower: 37.5 hp @ 8,970 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque: 23.2 lb.-ft. @ 6,990 rpm
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