KTM 390 Adventure a Step Closer to Production

It’s long been rumored that KTM was working on an adventure version of the 390 Duke and RC390, imaginatively titled the KTM 390 Adventure. Those rumors started back as far as 2013 in an interview with KTM CEO Stefan Pierer. Since then however, not much has been heard about the bike until now.

Indian customs documents reveal that KTM has imported two motorcycles from Austria, code named KT22 which is understood to be the internal name for the KTM 390 Adventure. The descriptions of the bikes for import are for ‘R & D Purposes’ and have an engine capacity of 374 cc – meaning it uses the same single cylinder engine as the 390 Duke and RC390.

That means an engine producing 43bhp of power and 35 Nm of torque, but it’s expected that the bike will arrive in a slightly different state of tune – perhaps with more lower range flexibility. When it goes into production, the 390 Adventure will be produced in India at Bajaj’s factory.

It’s expected that a whole range of entry-level ‘adventure’ bikes will be hitting the market over the next two years. The race is on between Benelli and Honda to be first. Benelli will apparently release an adventure bike based on the BN/TNT 302 naked bike (reviewed here) while Honda continues to tease us with their CX-01 concept which could morph into a CB300X.

 

KTM 390 Adventure a Step Closer to Production

 

Honda CB300X To Be Unveiled In Japan?

We’re already aware of two concepts being shown at next weeks Tokyo Motorcycle Show – the already seen SFA concept and the new CRF250 Rally. But there’s another motorcycle that Honda will apparently be showing in Japan next week and we have received strong indications that it will be a dual-sport inspired Honda CB300X.

This bike has actually previously be shown in India under the CX-01 concept. That bike contained the frame and engine from the then CBR250R, with a few other bits and pieces taken from the NC700S. Like the Honda CB500X, the CX-01 was designed as a dual-sport machine though with little potential off-road ability.

The CX-01 hasn’t been seen since February last year, but our sources in India and Japan have both informed us that there’s a high probability it will be on show next week, potentially even with CB300X badges.

Honda has generally been playing catch-up in the entry market in the western world, chasing Kawasaki and KTM with the CBR250R/300R and subsequent CB300F naked model. If Honda released an adventure styled entry bike, they’d finally be one step ahead of the competition.

The Tokyo Motorcycle Show begins on 27 March and runs for three days and we’ll be bringing you all the news.