Let’s get numbers out of the way first. The 390 Adventure is powered by the same 373cc, single-cylinder engine as the 390 Duke with the same power output - 43bhp and 37Nm. It also has the same gearing ratios although the Austrians have tweaked the motor to suit the Adventure’s character. Now, all of its torque lurks in the mid-range and starts to show up around 4000rpm. Above this mark, the motor feels peppy and revs enthusiastically to 9500rpm. On the highways, the motorcycle feels completely unfazed while cruising at 130kmph. Give it some more gas and it rushes to hit a top speed of 165kmph effortlessly.
Nevertheless, the fast-revving engine lacks torque in the lower end and the short gearing ratios mean it requires constant shifting between first and second gear in city traffic. Speaking of which, the transmission on the 390 Adventure feels clunkier than the one on the new 390 Duke; and this is even after the quick-shifter is turned on. On the contrast, the clutch pull is light and the downshifts are extremely smooth and precise.
Tipping the scale at 158kg (dry), the 390 Adventure is 9kg heavier than its streetfighter counterpart. However, being a well-balanced motorcycle, none of the extra weight can be felt; be it at standstill or on the move. The 390 Adventure feels just as nimble and agile as the Duke while filtering through traffic.
And given its short turning radius, the Adventure is easy to ride around tight sports as well. To put a leash on the 43 ponies, the 390 Adventure employs disc brakes at both ends. While the front offers sharp bite and good feedback, the rear brake could do with more feel. We never had the chance to specifically test the cornering ABS, but the system works discreetly well on a straight line.