A test mule of what is the adventure version of KTM 390 has been spotted in India. It was seen abroad a few weeks ago. The spotted model bears an uncanny similarity to the KTM Duke 390 that is currently being on sale in the market.
What is amply clear from the spotted mule is the use of the different chassis. The trellis frame used on the bike is shaped in a completely different manner and even in the case of the mainframe, the different points for the engine mountings also points towards a different version more biased in the favor of off-roading. All this is now seen on the 2024 KTM Duke 390. The headlamp design is in sync with the new Duke 390. The meter is also visible from the 2024 KTM Duke 390.
There can be two models. One with 19 inch wheel and one with 21 inch wheel at the front. All variants will get 17-inch rear wheels in both spoked and alloy format very likely. The higher ground clearance indicates that the suspension travel will be longer and this further cement the fact that the bike will cater to the off-roaders and adventure-seeking segments both. Just like how the current KTM has three variants to choose from. Base variant could also get a variant or separate option to choose spoke wheels.
Meanwhile, the base two variant could get limited suspension adjustability like the Duke 390. Top end will get fully adjustable and might even get tubeless spoke wheels. The new
The way the routing of the exhaust has been done indicates that this bike could be the Adventure version and not the off road version. Something that would require high routed exhaust to get away from water crossings. However, KTM always has said this exhaust can go through water, a lot of it.
The test mule seems to be in the mid level of its development and is expected to be revealed only towards the end of 2024. The launch is likely to happen in 2024 itself and it will go against the like of the Royal Enfield Himalayan which has been updated but will continue fall short of the KTM when it comes features, technology and superior hardware. In the investor report of 2019, Pierer Mobility, the parent company of the KTM, had also revealed the plan to launch KTM 390 Enduro in the future.