Adventuremotorcycle.com has posted the following report…
The 2016 EICMA presented several entry level adventure bikes around the 250-310cc range tailored for newer riders. The idea of a KTM 390 Rally, however, could attract new or experienced buyers and offer a starting point to move up in KTM’s models.
KTM’s Duke 390 and RC 390 already put out the most horsepower in their class, and KTM has the ability to set the benchmark for small displacement adventure bikes with a dual sport based on these platforms.
From the spy photos we can see some obvious off-road traits: a high exhaust, long travel suspension, and what appears to be a 21 inch/ 18 inch wheel combo. The front end replicates styling from KTM’s 450RR Rally racer, including a carbon tower, full rally fairing, and stacked dual beam headlights.
The frame itself is either completely different or revised, while the prototype’s cradle-less design is carried over from the Duke 390. The hand guards resemble the same type on ADVMoto’s 1190R and the foot pegs and skid plate show the bike is clearly off road focused.
What do you think about KTM’s small displacement adventure rally bike? How will it compete with the other entry level bikes announced this year? What price point do you think it’ll be announced at? How long until we see it in North America.
For more spy shots and the original Cycle World article, visit: http://www.cycleworld.com/spied-new-2018-ktm-390-adventure-bike-adv