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2022 KTM 390 Adventure | First Look Review

With the introduction of the 390 Adventure in 2020, KTM established a new benchmark for the small-capacity adventure category. While many of the 390’s competitors spring for budget-conscious componentry, the House of Mattighofen equipped the ADV to dominate the trail and the tarmac. It builds on those firm foundations with select updates on the 2022 KTM 390 Adventure.

KTM’s liquid-cooled, 373.2cc single-cylinder returns to power the adventure bike in 2022, but new Street and Off-Road traction control modes keep the thumper’s power pulses in check in all situations and conditions. In Off-Road mode, the system allows more rear wheel slip for traversing tricky terrain. User-friendly features like cornering ABS and a slipper clutch further cater to new riders while the optional quickshifter appeals to the performance-minded.

KTM packs all that performance and tech into the same lightweight trellis frame suspended by a WP APEX inverted fork and WP APEX shock absorber. The 43mm front end offers 6.7 inches of travel along with compression and rebound damping adjustments. The monoshock provides 6.9 inches of rear wheel travel and users can dial the spring preload and rebound. To take on the toughest trails, KTM outfits the 390 Adventure with a stronger five-spoke 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel. Shod in Continental TKC 70 tires, the new wheelset boasts the best blend of performance in the dirt and on the asphalt.

The Bybre 4-piston radially-mounted front caliper mated to a 320mm disc and a 2-piston floating rear clamper paired to a 260mm rotor completes the chassis. In addition to cornering ABS, the Bybre system also touts Off-Road ABS, which deactivates ABS on the rear wheel and reduces intervention on the front. A windscreen, tapered aluminum handlebars, and an ergonomically-shaped 3.8-gallon tank enhance comfort while LED lighting, a 5-inch TFT display, and Bluetooth connectivity provide modern convenience.

Fresh new graphics align the 390 Adventure with KTM’s Dakar-winning Factory Rally team. Available in black and blue liveries with orange accents, the new rally-inspired colorways relay the small-bore ADV’s off-road ambitions. The 2022 KTM 390 Adventure will hit showrooms in February 2022. KTM hasn’t announced pricing yet, but we expect a reasonable increase over the 2021 model’s $6,199 MSRP.

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