Spied: Next-Gen KTM 390 Adventure With More Off-Road Capability


2025 KTM 390 Adventure With More Off-Road Capability Coming
Photo: Bernhard M. Hohne/BMH-Images

Since its release in 2019 KTM’s 390 Adventure has been a popular choice for those newer to off-road exploration, and also for seasoned riders looking for a lighter, more-affordable adventure bike alternative. However, for some who place a high value on off-road capability, the smallest orange ADV alternative has fallen a bit short, at least without numerous upgrades. 

Well, judging by these fresh spy shots first published by Germany’s Motorrad, that’s about to change. What we see here is a much-evolved motorcycle, a full next-gen replacement for the existing 390 that will come with much more out-of-the-box off-road capability, including new suspension and wheels. 

KTM 390 Adventure With More Off-Road Capability Coming
Photo: Bernhard M. Hohne/BMH-Images

At the heart of the transformation is KTM’s new 399cc LC4c (liquid-cooled, 4-valve compact) single already transplanted in the 390 Duke for 2024. The tuning on this engine shouldn’t be far off what we see in the scrappy street bike, so 44.3 hp and 28.8 lb-ft of torque, only a small bump from the current Adventure’s output of 43 hp and 27.3 ft-lbs of torque, though a longer stroke on the new mill in the Duke does drop peak hp down to 8500 rpm from 9500 rpm, which should come in handy in off-road scenarios. This new, more compact engine will shave a bit of weight, too. 



Spied at separate outings were two pre-production units, one in super rough condition and the newest sighting, in near production form. In the unfinishing version we can see what looks to be a modified adaptation of the new Duke’s improved steel trellis frame, which has been reorganized to offer increased rigidity. We also see a new swingarm on the more finished bike that features a standard off-road design rather than the previous generation’s external bracing. 

KTM 390 Adventure With More Off-Road Capability Coming
Photo: Bernhard M. Hohne/BMH-Images

Suspension front and rear will be a new combination from sister brand WP, and it’s presumed to offer more travel than the current Adventure’s  6.7 in front/6.9 in rear. A new 21-inch spoked front wheel replacing the current model’s 19-inch version is going to be much appreciated during off-road exploits, and is expected to be mated with a new 18-inch. Both will likely be shod in more off road-worthy rubber. 

New styling for the next-gen 390 Adventure makes it nearly unrecognizable from the current model, and in all the best of ways. There’s a definite edginess brought forward by the high, rally-style front fender and a tall, near-vertical one-piece windscreen/headlamp housing that give off a Dakar-esque feel. The dual, stacked LED lamps are a new, more modern vibe for KTM bikes, and we’ve already seen them replace the brand’s signature split insect-eyed design on some street models. 

KTM 390 Adventure With More Off-Road Capability Coming
Photo: Bernhard M. Hohne/BMH-Images

This new generation 390 Adventure is expected to debut as a 2025 model, though judging by the nearly finished look of this test mule, it may arrive as early as Fall 2024. Considering all the advancements, the price is likely to rise from the current $7,399, though having it continue to be built at KTM shareholder Bajaj Auto’s plant in Pune, India, should keep it from getting too crazy.

Author: Jamie Elvidge

Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.





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