2020 KTM 390 Adventure MC Commute Review

We saddle up KTM’s super-light and super-affordable 390 Adventure motorcycle for this MC Commute review.

2020 KTM 390 Adventure MC Commute Review

KTM Adventure bikes have been sought after by adventure motorcyclists and thrill seekers across the globe. Now the Austrian brand expands its 2020 model lineup by offering its lightest and most affordable ADV bike in the 390 Adventure ($6,199).

Keen readers will already know the 390 is anything but entry-level as reported in the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure first ride and “The KTM 390 Adventure Has Arrived” preview article. In this report we dive into its capability as a work week commuter.

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We swing a leg over KTM’s super-affordable and super-light 390 Adventure in this episode of MC Commute. (Jeff Allen/)

With an asking price of just over six grand, the 390 Adventure is a value-conscious machine that opens up the doors of motorcycle ownership. Yet despite its price, it’s loaded with big-bike-like features, including IMU-powered traction control, ABS, a 5-inch color TFT display, and bright LED headlamps—features typically reserved for motorcycles that cost twice the price.

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The 390 Adventure looks like a carbon copy of its 790 Adventure big brother.
The 390 Adventure looks like a carbon copy of its 790 Adventure big brother. (Jeff Allen/)

Endowed with a broad supportive seat, the generous passenger accommodations can double as flat storage space with mounting points for bungees, etc. The ergonomics are properly arranged for this 6-foot-tall rider making for a cozy riding position. In typical KTM fashion, the 390 Adventure is loaded with adjustment, from the height of the handlebar to the position of the hand and foot controls. The windscreen also can be moved up or down with tools.

The direct-mount shock offers 7 inches of suspension travel, and spring preload and rebound damping adjustment.
The direct-mount shock offers 7 inches of suspension travel, and spring preload and rebound damping adjustment. (Jeff Allen/)

Nearly 7 inches of suspension travel afford a pleasing ride over rough pavement. Yet when the road gets twisty the chassis has enough support to satisfy more hard-charging-type riding maneuvers. The OE-fitted 50/50 on-road/off-road-style Continental TKC 70 tires work well on pavement, but they do feel a tad squirmy than a traditional road tire. We wouldn’t deem this a knock based on the tire’s versatility however.

Fit and finish is a big improvement versus early generation RC 390 motorcycles built in India.
Fit and finish is a big improvement versus early generation RC 390 motorcycles built in India. (Jeff Allen/)

The 373cc single doles out nearly 40 hp of muscle at the business end of the rear tire—an impressive stat considering its displacement and single-cylinder configuration. It is enough to outrun all but the most extreme lead foot drivers. Our testbike was fitted with KTM’s optional electronic quickshifter (price not yet announced) from the PowerParts catalog. This makes the bike feel more peppy and adds a degree of chassis stability when downshifting at lean.

KTM’s 390 Adventure comes with basic engine protection. Crashbars and hand guards are also standard.
KTM’s 390 Adventure comes with basic engine protection. Crashbars and hand guards are also standard. (Jeff Allen/)

The engine drinks from a generously sized 3.8-gallon fuel tank. We recorded a 42 mpg average during mostly fast-paced riding. Despite the engine being fitted with a counterbalancer it still delivers a fair degree of vibration through the controls. Though, to be fair, the updated fuel mapping did quell vibration slightly since the last time we rode this powertrain in the 390 Duke.

If you couldn’t tell, we really dig the 390 Adventure. Not only is it a capable ADV rig, it performs well as a work week commuter and is well worth its $6,199 asking price.

Gear Box

Helmet: Shoei RF-SR

Jacket: REV’IT Hudson

Gloves: REV’IT Abbey Road

Pant: Alpinestars Copper 2 Denim

Boots: Alpinestars Oscar Monty

2020 KTM 390 Adventure Price And Specifications

Price $6,199
Engine 373cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled single
Bore x Stroke 89.0 x 60.0mm
Compression Ratio 12.6:1
Clutch PASC mechanically operated slipper
Fuel Delivery Bosch EFI, 46mm throttle body
Transmission/Final Drive 6-speed/chain
Frame Steel trellis
Front Suspension 43mm WP Apex USD fork, adjustable for compression and rebound damping; 6.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension WP Apex monoshock, adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping; 7.0-in. travel
Front Brake Bybre radial-mount 4-piston caliper, 320mm disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake Bybre 2-piston floating caliper, 230mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear Cast wheels; 2.5 x 19 in. / 3.5 x 17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear Continental TKC 70; 100/90-19 / 130/80-17
Rake/Trail 26.5°/N/A
Wheelbase 56.3 in.
Seat Height 33.7 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.8 gal.
Curb Weight Weight 387 lb.
Warranty 1 year
Available April 2020
Contact ktm.com
The 390 Adventure is graced with the same 5-inch color TFT dash used on the 790 Adventure. It’s a nice feature-rich setup, especially for its price, but the fonts could be larger. The Bluetooth functionality could be improved as well.
The 390 Adventure is graced with the same 5-inch color TFT dash used on the 790 Adventure. It’s a nice feature-rich setup, especially for its price, but the fonts could be larger. The Bluetooth functionality could be improved as well. (Jeff Allen/)The 390 Adventure looks like a carbon copy of KTM’s parallel-twin-powered 790 Adventure ($12,699) which costs more than double the 390.
The 390 Adventure looks like a carbon copy of KTM’s parallel-twin-powered 790 Adventure ($12,699) which costs more than double the 390. (Jeff Allen/)A radial-mount four-piston Bybre (Brembo’s Indian subsidiary) graces the front end of the 390. The brakes offer adequate feel and performance.
A radial-mount four-piston Bybre (Brembo’s Indian subsidiary) graces the front end of the 390. The brakes offer adequate feel and performance. (Jeff Allen/)The 390 Adventure carries 3.8 gallons of fuel, which nets a range of more than 200 miles.
The 390 Adventure carries 3.8 gallons of fuel, which nets a range of more than 200 miles. (Jeff Allen/)The 390 Adventure is a great-looking motorcycle when viewed at any angle. A bright LED headlamp does a fantastic job illuminating dark streets.
The 390 Adventure is a great-looking motorcycle when viewed at any angle. A bright LED headlamp does a fantastic job illuminating dark streets. (Jeff Allen/)
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2020 KTM 390 Adventure Review First Ride

We review KTM’s 2020 390 Adventure—a do-it-all motorcycle that punches above its weight and class.

2020 KTM 390 Adventure Review First Ride

KTM wants all motorcyclists to have a real taste of adventure with its latest ADV-class entry. Introducing the super-light and super-affordable 390 Adventure ($6,199). The 390 Adventure builds upon KTM’s storied 22-year history of engineering go-anywhere, do-anything bikes that appeal to wanderlust riders who go by their own compass.


KTM builds upon its 22-year adventure motorcycle history with the release of its most affordable ADV bike in the 390 Adventure. (Jeff Allen/)

Editor’s Note: We’ve covered the technical details in the “article. So this report revolves on what it’s like to ride on the road, and off.

With its 3.8-gallon tank topped off, the 390 Adventure weighs 387 pounds. That’s 83 pounds less than its next of kin, and already light within its middleweight class, 790 Adventure R.

Anything but entry-level. The 390 Adventure from KTM is a solid piece of equipment for its price ($6,199).
Anything but entry-level. The 390 Adventure from KTM is a solid piece of equipment for its price ($6,199). (Jeff Allen/)

While other manufacturers’ “entry-level” motorcycles are a two-third version of the real thing, physically, the 390 is a full-size machine. Seat height is a tad taller than other manufacturers’ offerings inside this class, but we wouldn’t deem that a bad thing. Folks of average and above height can still stand firmly on flat ground and will appreciate the extra ground clearance and off-road capability when the going gets tough.

The 390 Adventure is outfitted with a meaty set of serrated footpegs that provide excellent grip against the sole of your boots.
The 390 Adventure is outfitted with a meaty set of serrated footpegs that provide excellent grip against the sole of your boots. (Jeff Allen/)

A thin alloy skid plate guards the exhaust and a plastic piece shields the underside of the engine. Hardcore off-roaders will upgrade this piece, but it’s nice KTM offers some form of protection from the factory. We also value the 390’s large cleated footpegs, which afford high grip against the sole of your boots.

Room for two. The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure offers generous accommodations for rider and passenger. Seat height is on the tall end for an entry-level bike, but off-road riders will value this setup.
Room for two. The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure offers generous accommodations for rider and passenger. Seat height is on the tall end for an entry-level bike, but off-road riders will value this setup. (Jeff Allen/)

Taking a seat at the controls reveals a cozy cockpit with a wide and upright handlebar and well-supported seat. There’s also ample room for a passenger, or a pack. Furthermore, grab rails double as a suitable mounting point for bungees. In typical KTM fashion, the controls of the 390 are loaded with adjustment, including handlebar, lever, and brake pedal position (up and down as well as the fore and aft position of the cleat). Well done, KTM. Robust hand guards and crashbars provide further protection to both man and machine. Additionally, the windscreen has two-position adjustment.

The 390 Adventure is outfitted with a 5-inch color TFT as used on its 790 Adventure big brother. It’s loaded with functions but the fonts could be larger.
The 390 Adventure is outfitted with a 5-inch color TFT as used on its 790 Adventure big brother. It’s loaded with functions but the fonts could be larger. (Jeff Allen/)

A 5-inch color TFT display keeps tabs on the 390’s vitals. It’s the same setup used on the 790 Adventure. Although it is replete with information, the fonts are a tad small. Handlebar-mounted switch gear allows the rider to navigate through a variety of trip information, including fuel range and mpg. The rider can also set up a “favorites” setting in which they can customize the trip readout with their eight favorite settings. We also appreciate that the display has a “dark mode” (black background with white fonts). A handy 12-volt DC port is positioned below the display so you can power a GPS or other accessories while riding.

Kicking up dust. In typical KTM spirit, the 390 Adventure is a hoot to ride off-road on. With its low weight and peppy 373cc engine, it’s a bike that you can have some serious fun on without worrying about it biting you.
Kicking up dust. In typical KTM spirit, the 390 Adventure is a hoot to ride off-road on. With its low weight and peppy 373cc engine, it’s a bike that you can have some serious fun on without worrying about it biting you. (Jeff Allen/)

On a related note, we adore the newly fitted display on KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R and hope this panel trickles down to all future KTM models.

Nearly 7 inches of suspension travel graces the 390 affording a surprising level of capability on and off pavement, especially for a 182-pound rider. Independent compression and rebound damping adjustment let riders tweak front suspension action. Tool-free adjustment knobs atop each fork leg make adjustment easy and we appreciate the red fork slides that demonstrate suspension stroke. The PDS-style shock (direct-mount, sans linkage) adds spring preload adjustment with rebound damping only.

With a fully fueled 387 pound curb weight, the 390 Adventure is one of the most agile ADV bikes you can purchase.
With a fully fueled 387 pound curb weight, the 390 Adventure is one of the most agile ADV bikes you can purchase. (Jeff Allen/)

The suspension does a fine job of filtering out the effects of rough pavement yet has a reasonable degree of support when entering bends at speed. We also value the well-damped rebound calibration which nets compliant chassis feel over larger bumps. The OE-fitted 50/50-style (designed for equal parts on- and off-road use) Continental TKC70 tires perform well on pavement and off. However, those who wish to go further off road will want to fit a more aggressive 70/30-style knob in the TKC80 or Bridgestone Adventurecross AX41 rubber.

The 390 Adventure is powered by KTM’s liquid-cooled 373cc single. Aside from fuel and ignition mapping updates and a larger radiator, it is the same powertrain used in the RC390 and 390 Duke. The last time we dyno tested this configuration it made upwards of 40 horsepower.
The 390 Adventure is powered by KTM’s liquid-cooled 373cc single. Aside from fuel and ignition mapping updates and a larger radiator, it is the same powertrain used in the RC390 and 390 Duke. The last time we dyno tested this configuration it made upwards of 40 horsepower. (Jeff Allen/)

The last time we dyno tested this 373cc single in the 2019 390 Duke it produced just more than 40 hp and 26.1 pound-feet torque. The engine has a surprising amount of power considering its displacement. It’s more than capable of outrunning cars from stoplights, and triple-digit speeds aren’t out of the question either. Updated fuel mapping helps it run more smoothly, with less vibration, but you still feel buzzes through the controls and see them in the rearview mirrors. However considering the 390’s price point, we can certainly live with it. On a side note, the 390 has a larger curved radiator to help dissipate engine heat when riding off highway.

The 390 Adventure comes with lean-angle sensitive ABS and traction control. A radial-mount four-piston caliper from Brembo’s Indian subsidiary, BYBRE graces the front end.
The 390 Adventure comes with lean-angle sensitive ABS and traction control. A radial-mount four-piston caliper from Brembo’s Indian subsidiary, BYBRE graces the front end. (Jeff Allen/)

Our 390 Adventure was outfitted with an optional electronic quickshifter (TBD price) which makes for instant clutchless up- and downshifts. This makes the 390 feel faster than you’d think considering its horsepower numbers. It also adds a degree of chassis stability during downshifts at lean on pavement.

KTM’s 390 Adventure rolls on a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear die-cast alloy wheels shod with Continental’s do-it-all 50/50-style TKC70 rubber. The tires performed well in a variety of different terrain.
KTM’s 390 Adventure rolls on a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear die-cast alloy wheels shod with Continental’s do-it-all 50/50-style TKC70 rubber. The tires performed well in a variety of different terrain. (Jeff Allen/)

KTM’s most affordable ADV rig also includes lean-angle-sensitive IMU-powered Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) which helps mitigate wheelspin over slippery terrain. It can be easily disabled for off-road riding or based on preference (aka wheelies). ABS with an off-road-specific mode (disables rear function) is another welcome feature so you can slide around turns. Government regulations in Europe dictate mandatory front ABS on all 2020 and newer motorcycles. And since this is a global model, front ABS is fixed.

In typical KTM spirit, the 2020 390 Adventure offers a ton of adjustability allowing riders to set-up the motorcycle to their liking.
In typical KTM spirit, the 2020 390 Adventure offers a ton of adjustability allowing riders to set-up the motorcycle to their liking. (Jeff Allen/)

Without question, KTM’s 390 Adventure is a slam dunk inside this class. Although priced a few hundred dollars more than its rivals, the 390 proves its worth in its capability and fun factor. Fit and finish and overall build quality are improving (as compared to the RC 390) and aside from a few cheap-looking fasteners and some orange peel paint effect on the frame, you’d be hard-pressed to know this motorcycle was assembled in India. If you’re a value-conscious rider looking to experience true adventure, KTM has the answer with its 390 Adventure.

We love the bold lines of the 390 Adventure with it appearing similar to its larger displacement brothers. Bright LED lighting helps you stand out on the road.
We love the bold lines of the 390 Adventure with it appearing similar to its larger displacement brothers. Bright LED lighting helps you stand out on the road. (Jeff Allen/)

Gear Box

Helmet: AGV AX9 Carbon

Jacket: Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex

Gloves: Dainese Universe Gore-Tex

Pant: Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex

Boots: Dainese Centauri Gore-Tex

2020 KTM 390 Adventure Price And Specifications

The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure feels like a full-sized motorcycle. It’s a bike that can be enjoyed by new and more experienced riders alike.
The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure feels like a full-sized motorcycle. It’s a bike that can be enjoyed by new and more experienced riders alike. (Jeff Allen/)

Price $6,199
Engine 373cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled single
Bore x Stroke 89.0 x 60.0mm
Compression Ratio 12.6:1
Clutch PASC mechanically operated slipper
Fuel Delivery Bosch EFI, 46mm throttle body
Transmission/Final Drive 6 speed/chain
Frame Steel trellis
Front Suspension WP Apex USD fork, adjustable for compression and rebound damping; 6.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension WP Apex monoshock, adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping; 7.0-in. travel
Front Brake Bybre radial-mount 4-piston caliper, 320mm disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake Bybre 2-piston floating caliper, 230mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear Cast wheels; 2.5 x 19 in. / 3.5 x 17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear Continental TKC 70; 100/90-19 / 130/80-17
Rake/Trail 26.5°/N/A
Wheelbase 56.3 in.
Seat Height 33.7 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.8 gal.
Curb Weight Weight 387 lb.
Warranty 1 year
Available April 2020
Contact ktm.com
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