German website Motorrad Online has captured test mules of two upcoming KTMs that are based on the 390 platform. The first is a very different version of the 390 Adventure evaluation mule that was captured in December 2016 and the next is something we have not seen before, a 390 Scrambler. There is just one image of every bike and neither is very clear, but there are still many details which may be gleaned.
Let’s start with this Adventure. For starters, this 390 Adventure is a really different machine from the evaluation bike that was spotted last year. The previous test bike was a hardcore, off-road biased ADV with fat long travel suspension, a flat seat, a very different swingarm and large, adventure-sized discussed wheels. The design has been significantly different as well, with the new bike possessing a cleaner, more road-focused look while dropping the previous Dakar rally-bike style fairing for a sleeker windscreen.
However, the latest test mule still doesn’t seem production ready yet. KTM seems to be testing wheel sizes and sorts, with what seems like a 19-inch spoke wheel up front along with a 17-inch cast rim at the back. The pillion footrest assembly also looks like a simple solution for the test mule. The front brake seems to have been made out of the present 390 Duke, as does the swingarm, but these two could well make it to the final production bike. The gas tank is shaped differently and might hold more than the current 390’s 13.5-litres, which might do great things for the bike’s highway range. Taller individuals will be delighted to see that the significantly larger sub-frame generates a wider berth for the rider and pillion, while leaving some space in the back for a little luggage rack as well.
Unfortunately, there are not any more angles visible, thus we can not see what the face, exhaust and instrument cluster seem like just yet. But apart from the simple bash plate, it’s clear that this is a far more rounded machine than the first evaluation bike that has been seen and it will offer a much better mix of on-road and off-road abilities compared to the previous machine’s heavy off-road focus. However, this was to be expected, as KTM’s entry ADV has to appeal to a wide selection of users and the bike appears to be shaping up well in that respect.
Scrambling for dirt!
Well, here is a lovely surprise. Motorrad not just captured the 390 Adventure on evaluation but also what looks like a scrambler-type bike on the 390 platform. From the images, it’s apparent that this is a motorcycle that retains the tight dimensions of this 390 Duke, but adds a good dose of off road zing. The front-end appears similar to what’s on the 390 Adventure test bike with what should be traveling suspension, but we can not be sure because of the fork shrouds. It’s also evident that the steering geometry was relaxed with a more raked-out front-end.
Aside from the amazing, dirt-bike design front fender, body function is very minimal and the tank seems to be shared with all the 390, even though the plastic tank extensions seem different. Bodywork around the back sub-frame looks different, but the size looks unchanged, thus retaining the compact dimensions. As with all the 390 Adventure, this test bike is running a larger-looking spoke rim in the front and a typical cast rim in the rear. In general, the 390 Scrambler goes beyond the hipster-friendly looks and could offer a new level of mild-to-moderate off-road ability while retaining the compact and light nature of the Duke. Seems like a recipe for some appropriate fun!
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We hope to hear and see more of both these bikes at the upcoming EICMA show on November 7, 2017. Will they be shown in concept form or will they be ready for launch? Time will tell, and we can hardly wait!