Hopes Dashed for Release of the 2015 KTM 390 Adventure?
We get the scoop from KTM on the status of this new Adventure Bike model.
In April of 2013, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer mentioned in an interview with Cycle News magazine that KTM would produce a new dual-sport model based on the Duke 390 platform. More recently, a number of publications have reported the imminent release of a 2015 KTM 390 Adventure.
The 390 Adventure would use the Duke’s 43 hp 373cc single-cylinder engine, along with a larger tank, long-travel suspension and dual-sport tires. Design inspiration would come from the KTM 1190 Adventure and construction of the bike would take place in India for an international market.
News of this light-weight, affordable Adventure Bike has generated a lot of excitement on social media and Adventure Bike forums. Several artist sketches were generated showing what the bike might look like. Even a Facebook Fan Page was created for the new model.
KTM 390 Adventure Artist Concepts
For those of you on your way out the door, ready to make a deposit at your local KTM dealer, you might want to hold on for a second. KTM’s Press & PR Coordinator in Austria provided ADV Pulse with an official response regarding the status of the 390 Adventure.
“From a strategical point of view KTM always considers new developments and for this reason: never say no. But currently such models are not foreseen.”
From this response, we can gather that there is no 390 Adventure ready to be released as a 2015 model and there is also no 390 adventure currently in development for the future. The KTM rep went on to say,
“…from a technical perspective other versions would require a complete different package. The existing layout can [be] used for Naked and Supersport models.”
Apparently, the current 390 Duke platform is only suitable for Naked and Supersport models. Although it’s still possible KTM could produce the bike one day, it appears that the current platform can not be easily adapted for use as an Adventure or Dual Sport model.
It is unfortunate that these rumors were perpetuated across the Internet, raising the hopes of many. However, the excitement generated about the bike could make KTM take notice and realize there is real demand for such a model. A new light-weight, affordable Adventure Bike from a major manufacturer could entice many new riders into the market.
Clearly, there is popular support and enthusiasm for a new Adventure Bike model in the 400cc range. For now the only option for a long-range capable Adventure Bike utilizing modern technology in the 400cc class, is the CCM GP450.