Upcoming KTM 390 Adventure, 390 Scrambler spotted testing
KTM seems to be ready to reveal two new variants of its popular single-cylinder street bike, the KTM 390 Duke. Two new forthcoming models, both based on the 390 Duke, have been spotted undergoing test runs near Mattighofen, in Austria, confirming what has been reported for quite some time now, that a KTM 390 Adventure is on its way. The second bike though, is a bit of a surprise, because it extends the 390 series to include a 390 Scrambler as well. The 2 motorbikes are still in the testing phase and do not appear to be production ready yet. Both bikes however, clearly are meant for more than just tarmac use, with a tall stance. However, the latest 390 Adventure looks a lot different from the earlier test mule of the 390 Adventure spotted almost a year ago. The latest test mule seems to sport a spoked front wheel, possibly a 19-inch wheel, with a 17-inch cast wheel at the rear. Obviously, KTM seems to be still testing various types of wheels, and it’s still not certain, if the 390 Adventure will end up having two variants eventually – a more road-focused tourer, as well as a true-blue off-road machine.
The second bike is more a surprise, because, so far, there have been no signs of a KTM 390 Scrambler being in growth. The Scrambler seems to share a lot of components with the 390 Duke, including the front end with a different suspension, similar fuel tank and similar dimensions. Even the Scrambler test mule is running a spoked front wheel, and a cast alloy wheel at the back. The 2017 EICMA show will kick off early next month in Milan, and we hope to see at least one of these variants, if not both. As for an India launch, expect more details soon, but we don’t see them being launched before late 2018 or even early 2019.
Aside from the funky, dirt-bike style front fender, body work is very minimal and the tank appears to be shared with the 390, although the plastic tank extensions look different. Bodywork around the rear sub-frame looks different, but the size seems untouched, thus recalling the compact dimensions. As with the 390 Adventure, this test bike is running a larger-looking spoke rim at the front and a standard cast rim at the rear. Overall, the 390 Scrambler goes beyond the hipster-friendly looks and could offer a new level of mild-to-moderate off-road ability while recollecting the compact and light nature of the Duke. Sounds like a recipe for some proper fun! We hope to hear and see more of both these bikes at the upcoming EICMA show on November 7, 2017. Will they be exposed in concept form or will they be ready for launch? Time will tell, and we can barely wait!