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What’s Better : KTM 390 Adventure or Royal Enfield Himalayan

Hey Guys! Undoubtedly, for riders, adventure touring to distant places is a thrilling experience.

So, if you are fond of bikes and want to experience adventure like me, then Royal Enfield Himalayan or KTM 390 Adventure will be a great choice.

With the increasing popularity of adventure motorcycles in India, these bikes will make you an off-road junky and also add practicality to your daily rides.

Well, then let’s talk about these motorbikes to know, which is better for your next exciting and daring experience.

Design:

  • There is a similarity in the design of KTM 390 Adventure with its sibling KTM 790.
  • The front shape of the bike gives you a sporty look with triangular LED headlamps close to each other.
  • The difference it has with its Duke model is day running lights with a dark windscreen.
  • The front tire for Adventure 390 is significant, which will help the ride to overcome holes and pits on the roads. It gets an alloy wheel wrapped in dual-purpose tires.
  • The crash guard is being added to give a new look to the bike. Highest-grade stainless-steel metal bash plate placed to protect the engine.
  • The oil of the bike can be changed without removing the metal guard.
  • The bike’s rest of the body panel is similar to KTM 790.
  • The side bags attached to the bike is an added advantage for off-road adventures.
  • The seat allotted to this bike is wide in shape and stretched till the tank.
  • From all the models of KTM, the KTM 390 adventure is best among them.

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  • The Royal Enfield Himalayan is sleek and gives a fierce look. You can feel the toughness while riding this bike.
  • The bike is built to be robust, versatile, and adaptable to all kinds of roads in India.
  • Design is in a double-cradle with a single spine and single downtube, there are no other changes made in the Himalayan model.
  • The tall stand of this bike is built for the purpose, ready to take any challenges in any situation.
  • Body is metal made and makes you carefree due to minimal use of panels.
  • The front-wheel has 21-inches large wire-spokes, and the LED tail lamps give it a modern look.
  • A unique design of the front cage has been used to feel robust during adventures.
  • The back of the bike has fresh styling and plan to move upwards in the hilly region.

Features

  • KTM Adventure 390 same instrument panel consists of speed readouts, tachometer, fuel gauge oil meter, fuel-economy calculator, and trip meter to calculate the distance traveled. 
  • The other additional features KTM 390 adventure bikers get is the KTM My Ride interface. It gives unique characteristics to connect with your smartphones to this panel with the help of Bluetooth.
  • On pairing your device, you get access to your incoming calls, text messages, music, etc. This panel also permits the rider to choose various riding modes and adjust the display panel as per the way selected.

  • The Royal Enfield Himalayan has a full windscreen, round headlamp.
  • The switchgear electric tools, big sized grab tail gives support to handle the bike quickly.
  • A large instrument panel comprises a speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge meter, and altimeter.
  • The TFT screen attached to it displays time, gear, trip meter, and odometer.
  • The sculptured fuel tank makes it look unique in its way.

Specs:

  • The KTM 390 Adventure bike comes with a 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine.
  • It gives a 43brake horsepower at 9000 RPM (Rotation per minute). A similar power output like Duke 390.
  • It has the same torque of 37NM at 7000 RPM like Duke 390.
  • Due to its higher tourer version, the KTM 390 Adventure bike is a full-fledged adventure model.
  • The bike is connected with a six-speed transmission gearbox with a slipper clutch.
  • The engine is BS 6 emission, and this model will be the first in its class to have a BS 6 emission engine in India.

  • The Royal Enfield Bike has a 411 cc air-cooled single-cylinder with electronic fuel injection. The engine is more refined than before.
  • The motor makes 24.5 PS (metric horsepower) and torque of 32 NM.
  • A long-travel suspension forks and mono-shock has been provided.
  • The five-speed gearbox is reworked with a smoother fuel-injected engine.
  • The shift quality for the gearbox is not as sleek as per standard quality. Therefore, it won’t be a pleasant experience to use the clutch again and again due to its heaviness.
  • The engine is BS-IV emission.

Suspension and brake: 

  • KTM 390 Adventure may have 43 up-side-down suspension setups on the front wheel travel of 142 mm and mono-shock in the rear wheel with 150 mm.
  • A twist for extended travelers for better off-road experiences.
  • The bike will ride on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.
  • Brake formula has used with disc brakes in the front and rear along with dual-channel ABS.

  • The Himalayan range in Royal Enfield has telescopic suspension in the front, while the mono-shock suspension is for the rear.
  • It provides 41 mm in the front forks with 200 mm of travel suspension, and the rear forks offer you 180 mm of travel suspension.
  • The Royal Enfield model has been given the 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel.
  • With a seat height of 800 mm and perfectly positioned foot-pegs, it provides a comfortable riding position to the rider while sitting or riding.

Color and weight: 

  • KTM gives white-black and orange-black color option for its 390 Adventure.
  • It is super-light with a fuel tank capacity of 14.5 liters and weighs 158 KG (dry).
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan is available in three colors- snow, granite, and sleet.
  • Its weight is 194 KG (Wet) with a fuel tank capacity of 15 liters.

Price: 

  • The price of the KTM 390 adventure is expected of Rs. 3 to Rs 3.2 lakh (ex-showroom).
  • The price of Himalayan Royal Enfield is Rs.1.79 lakh (ex-showroom).

Verdict: 

Though there are a few similarities in KTM 390 Adventure and Royal Enfield Himalayan, the choice of choosing one of these bikes depends on you.

Here are some of the points to conclude which may help you select one.

  • The Royal Enfield Himalayan has more cc as compared to KTM 390 Adventure, which gives advantage to the rider in the hilly areas.
  • The clutch used in KTM 390 Adventure is more flexible.
  • In terms of price, Royal Enfield Himalayan is cheaper.
  • The KTM 390 Adventure model might be lighter which makes the ride easier on off-road trips.

Well, I am eagerly waiting for a test drive on the new KTM model so that I can decide which one to take for my next road trip.

What about you? Which one of these would you prefer? 

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