Last month we told you why we have a KTM 390 Adventure in our fleet. We also told you what we intend to do with the motorcycle. And that includes taking all our findings over a year of riding and owning the bike, and then tying them up in a nice bow to tell you who and why should one buy the 390 ADV, if at all.
This is the first installation of that journey. And it begins by adapting the motorcycle to the rider. As it turns out, the 390 Adventure offers a fair amount of adjustability in that regard. One can adjust the angle of the handlebar to suit one’s preferred riding position; the levers, both for the clutch and brake, are adjustable for reach; and one can also remove the rubber from the footpads if off-roading or riding in the wet is your thing. And we recommend you make these adjustments to suit your riding to have a nicer experience every time you get on the motorcycle.
Now, let’s talk about living with the 390 Adventure in the city. Obviously, no matter what one says about adventure motorcycles - especially those in the more affordable end of the segment - one will end up using them as their go-to machines. So, be it to run errands, or to rush to office, or even for a lazy coffee outing, an adventure motorcycle should still be what we like to call - commute friendly.
Here then is a list of things that work in its favour, and some that don’t…