We want to clear two things up front. One, between the KTM 250 Adventure and 390 Adventure, the 250 is the better option especially for those who aren’t brilliant at off-roading. Which would mean an overwhelming majority.
Two, the price difference between the 250 Adventure and the current go-to bike when it comes to on/off road performance on a budget (with agreeable amount of torque) – the Royal Enfield Himalayan – is a tad under Rs 55,000. The latter retails for Rs 2.35 lakh on the road in Mumbai, while the KTM is priced at Rs 2.89 lakh on the road.
A significant difference, agreed. But not an insurmountable one, surely. Not, with five to seven year loans and manageable EMIs. The question then is – is the KTM that much better than the Himalayan to command such a premium? Or, does it still make more sense to go for the Royal Enfield?