Adventure tourer motorcycle were not a thing in Indian market and just gained popularity very recently. We now hae motorcycles like Hero Xpulse, RE Himalayan, BMW G 310 GS and the recently launched KTM 390 Adventure in the affordable adventure motorcycle segment. Out of all these motorcycle, KTM 390 Adventure is the latest and most equipped in comparison to the others. KTM 390 Adventure is priced at Rs 2.99 lakh ex-showroom and it’s main competition in terms of pricing is the more expensive BMW G 310 GS. People have already started buying KTM 390 Adventure and here we have a video from one such buyer who has modified his 390 Adventure and is probably India’s first motorcycle to get this modification.
The video has been modified by Abhinav Bhatt on his youtube channel. The video starts by showing the motorcycle on the move and the rider explaining that he has recently bought the all-new 390 Adventure and has recently done the first service in which he had switched from the mineral oil to fully synthetic oil. Apart from that, the windshield of the motorcycle was vibrating a lot and that was also fixed during the first servicing.
One of the major issue that the rider faced after buying the motorcycle was the lack of low end power. Rider even goes on saying in the video that the vehicle has stalled a couple of times in traffic due to this issue. In order to get rid of this issue, rider modified the front sprocket and replaced it with a unit from KTM Duke 250. The front sprocket in the 390 Adventure was a 15 teeth unit and was replaced with a 14 teeth sprocket from Duke 250. What this did was basically made the gearing shorter and made it more suitable for the daily city traffic conditions.
Changing the sprocket to get get shorter gear ratio affects the overall gearing and the top speed will also be reduced. The most affect of this minor change can be felt in the first and the second gears as more torque will be available at lower ends. KTM 390 Adv is loaded motorcycle in terms of features. It gets lean sensitive traction control, turn by turn navigation using KTM’s MyRide smartphone app on the full colour TFT display.
It gets has alloy wheel, disc brakes on both wheels with switchable ABS. The motorcycle also gets cornering ABS and bi-directional quick shifter which is feature not offered by any of the competitor. KTM 390 Adv uses the same 373-cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine that generates a maximum of 43 Bhp and 37 Nm of torque. The engine is now BS6 compliant.