Come 2019 and the entry-level dual sport segment will have another motorcycle under its arsenal, and it’s definitely one worth waiting for! KTM bosses have confirmed that they will roll out the 390 Adventure next year. A prototype of the model was spotted in 2016 and back then, the manufacturer semed set on a 2019-2020 release timelime. As you can see, they plan to stick to this schedule!
The KTM 390 Adventure will have a few motorcycles to compete with when it finally comes to the states. The newest and arguably most prominent of which is the BMW G 310 GS.
Let’s check out how these motorcycles compare. We are not going in to the detailed specifications as the KTM is not available yet.
KTM definitely has an advantage when it comes to the proper ‘Adventure’ tag. They have been making motocross/off-road motorcycles from the beginning and have some of the most-selling model in these categories. However the situation changes when it comes to dual-sport or Enduro. Though KTM has their on ‘Adventure’ dual sport lineup, BMW clearly has a better hold of the segment and their R 1200 GS is one of the (if not the) most popular motorcycles in USA.
So when it comes to entry-level segment, KTM will be hoping to bank in on their superior experience with offroad motorcycles as well as having already proven products below 500cc. BMW Motorrad, on the other hand, clearly has the assurance of the ‘GS’ tag.
Let’s start with the one that’s actually on sale. The BMW G 310 GS is a good looking motorcycle that is built taking inspiration from others in the GS line-up. While that’s the case, most of the bike is still the G 310 R– its naked sibling. This means that the specs, including suspension, brakes and even the engine are copied without any change. These are not bad in any way but its just not a tailor-made GS.
Coming the 390 Adventure, KTM already said that they want to build a proper one and not a kitted version of the existing Duke 390. That means that there could be a lot of ‘Adventure’ specific features to look forward to including changes to suspension, engine tuning, spoke wheels and a completely restyled bodywork. The spy pictures we have tell us that the 390 Adventure will be inspired by the 450 Rally, and hence its pictures in this post!
KTM 390 Adventure vs BMW G 310 GS- performance
The BMW G 310 GS gets a 313cc single cylinder engine producing 33.6 BHP @ 9500 rpm and 28 Nm @ 7500 RPM, same as the 310R. This is one of the lowest in this segment. In comparison, The Kawasaki Versys X300 gets 39 bhp and the 390 Adventure should go even higher.
The engine of KTM Duke 390, which will also power the 390 Adventure, can produce close to 43 bhp.
What about price?
The BMW G 310 GS is priced starting from $5,695 in the US and the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure should be positioned very close to this figure.
Both the BMW G 310 GS and KTM 390 Adventure will be produced in India in association with Hero Motocorp and Bajaj Motors respectively, some of the countries largest motorcycle manufacturers. Infact, the launch of the 390 Adventure was first confirmed for India.