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Dirt and Trail April 2020

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A big cross section of

A big cross section of motorcyclists were invited along – from road racers to fairly inexperienced wobblers (No Offence), dirt bike aficionados and some pretty had core adventurers… All about the new bike: This is a new model, so we need to tell you all the techy stuff, if you are not interested, skip along to the ride review… If you think that it looks a bit like KTM’s 790 adventure – you’d be quite correct. KTM has dressed the entire ADV lineup to make them similar – but not the same. Wheels: We were interested to see that the 390 had been released with Mag wheels. We are confident that, just like all of the previous models, we’ll see spoked wheels coming through in around a years’ time. 19 inch Conti shod up front, 17 out back. Remember that by fitting a 19 inch front, manufacturers appeal to riders that are a bit shorter in the legs department… we questioned the choice of mag wheels and marketing man Louwrens Mahoney assured us that top Dakar riders like Sam Sunderland and co have tested the wheels and bikes extensively without a single failure. Handlebar, seat and foot-pegs: As on the biggerdisplacement KTM Adventure bikes, the 390 Adventure has a “high-end”, tapered aluminium handlebar. Owners can change the height of KTM SA boss lady chats about the KTM Group. the handlebar with different mounts, available from KTM. Near the clutch lever you’ll find menu buttons for the TFT display and for the selection of different modes and connectivity features. The two-part seat is positioned at a reasonably accessible height of 855 mm. The4 saddle feels quite wide, but it’s narrows at the tank, making it easier for the rider to reach the ground. Foot-pegs are the same as those fitted to the KTM off-road models with a removeable rubber grip. Windshield, lights and TFT display: For an entry level motorcycle, KTM has really packed this bike with features, just like the bigger siblings. The windscreen is short and unobtrusive. It provides an unobstructed view of what is in front of the bike, even when you hit the mud monsters. The screen can be mounted in a lower or higher position to the rider’s preference. He or she can also order after-market screens of different sizes from the KTM Power part catalogue. Chat to your dealer. On that note KTM already has a bucket load of additional power parts for this bike, so you can pimp it to your hearts content. LED headlights are becoming standard on motorcycles – this one included. The tail light and indicators are LEDs too. TFT screens are also becoming commonplace. When they first appeared, they were a tad distracting, but now we are GET IT. READ IT. LOVE IT! SA’S MOST LOVED ROAD & TRACK MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE. IN STORES NATION-WIDE EVERY MONTH. 24 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE APRIL 2020