Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Murrysville, PA, USA. A pleasant, wooded suburb of Pittsburgh.
This looks much more serious than anything we have seen thus far in terms of a 390 Enduro/Adventure. It has all the requisite parts. It would appear that KTM has finally grasped the message that there is a significant potential market for a lightweight <400cc off-road capable bike. Perhaps the entry into this market of several other manufacturers has spurred KTM into action after several years of procrastination and teasing.
One interesting feature of the bike shown here is the tower (carbon, apparently) upon which the instrument cluster is mounted, raised above the handlebars to be closer to the rider and require less of a downward angle eye movement to view. This is something of a lower-tech approximation of the Heads-Up-Display (HUD) long found in aircraft and recently appearing in some luxury cars. Intelligent feature, I hope this makes it into production.
The revised engine cases on this prototype may well be the harbinger of a refreshed 390 engine we will see in the next 1-2 model years.
Just as the <400 class of street bikes has heated up in a major fashion over the last several years, that boom now seems to be extending to the offroad/dual sport category. It would be interesting if KTM would offer this bike in both lower-priced Enduro and better-equipped Full-Monty Adventure versions, as Ducati has done with the Scrambler and (recently-unveiled) Scrambler Desert Sled variants.
"If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else."
2015 390 Duke
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