Advice 1 Feb 2023

Detailed: 2023 KTM 390 Adventure

Available in spoked wheeled edition from May, cast wheeled option available now.

A versatile and highly capable platform, the 2023 KTM 390 Adventure is ready to explore a variety of terrain with the added option of the spoked wheeled edition.

The 2023 KTM 390 Adventure is one of the most versatile in the KTM range, and is not only about the epic outings but also the ‘every day’. Want that serviceable and dependable machine for the commute but also something that can handle a light offroad blast? No problem.

Desire a bike that can still put out the torque and motor performance for a longer weekend ride-out with buddies? Easy. Need a modern, developed, race-informed all-rounder to discover the delights of a trail for the first time and for LAMS requirements? Look no further.

For 2023 KTM has not only splashed the KTM 390 Adventure with a sharp, fresh look but has also beefed-up the offroad credibility even more. The bike now has tough and light black anodized aluminium rims and spoked wheels (19” front and 17” rear) so even the hardest of bumps and stones will not bring a journey to a swift halt.

The 2023 KTM 390 Adventure warranted this upgrade considering the strengths of the rest of the motorcycle, and to emphasize that ‘adventure’ really can be part of the daily routine.

Elsewhere the impressively compact four-stroke 373cc single-cylinder engine uses twin overhead camshafts, four values, a balancer shaft and electronic FI for smooth and uninterrupted momentum to the beat of 44hp and 37Nm of torque at 7000rpm.

Two catalytic converters ensure the system breathes within Euro5 emission targets while the fuel tank (sized for a 14.5-litre fill) vapour design also boosts the eco-friendliness of this particular KTM Adventure.

The 2023 KTM 390 Adventure may have smaller dimensions and specs compared to some of its big brothers but it does not lack features essential to adventuring. Ride-by-wire, Motorcycle Traction Control, Cornering ABS, Offroad mode (more rear wheel slip) and linked Offroad ABS (disengaged on the rear, reduced on the front) are feathered by the 46mm throttle body and the slipper clutch while being administered through the 5” colour TFT and intuitive handlebar switch.

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Lightweight and unbeatable agility is partly supplied by a chassis that takes its design cues from KTM’s work at the sharp end of rally competition. The KTM 390 Adventure’s ’23 colour also comes from this racing background. The steel trellis design and subframe construction achieves a satisfying blend of both feel, flex and long-term comfort; even the wind of the exhaust system is optimized for prime centralization.

WP Suspension APEX hardware is adjustable for compression, rebound and preload and achieves that rare chemistry of tactile grip with the road and confidence-inspiring efficiency for the dirt.

Add bodywork that has been angled to protect zones of the bike and thrust the rider into a full-control stance, a two-tier seat (that can be easily removed to reveal storage space and even swapped out for other models in the KTM PowerParts collection), LED lights, a windshield with two positions and wide ‘all-day’ footpegs, Brembo BYBRE brakes (320 front and 230mm rear discs with four-piston callipers on the front) and the 2023 KTM 390 Adventure is complete.

2023 KTM 390 Adventure highlights:
– New tougher aluminium spoked wheels for robust extra offroad potential and all-round topline performance granted by the CONTINENTAL TKC70 tyres
– Brand new 2023 color and graphics scheme for fresh vibrant and sporty look
– Dependable 373cc 4-stroke single engine pumping out 44hp at 9000 rpm & 37 Nm of torque at 7000 rpm. Euro5 ready for the best emissions count
– Lightweight and reassuring steel trellis chassis with adjustable WP APEX 43 mm forks and shock
– Bosch electronics helping to inform the latest generation of Motorcycle Traction Control and Cornering ABS systems
– 172 kg fully fueled, 14.5-litre tank and 830 mm lowest seat height
– Wide selection of KTM PowerParts including accessories, aftermarket components, aesthetic touches, riding gear and more

For 2023 the KTM 390 Adventure comes in two different choices: the ‘spoked wheeled’ edition, available at authorised KTM dealerships in Australia from May 2023 onwards. As well as the version with cast wheels and black/orange or blue/orange colour scheme, available now from authorised KTM dealerships in Australia.