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Reviews of KTM 250 Adventure

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250 Adventure Image

4.7/5

44 Ratings

18 Reviews

5 star

75%

4 star

18%

3 star

7%

2 star

0%

1 star

0%

₹ 2,45,233
Avg. Ex-Showroom price

Rating Parameters

(out of 5)

4

Visual Appeal


4

Reliability


4

Comfort


4

Value for Money


4

Service Experience

Reviews on 250 Adventure

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  • Ktm 250 adventure - killing the miles!!

    1 year ago


    Argha Mukherjee

    Wow!! That's the word that came to my mind when I had the test ride of the ktm 250 adventure. I got the bike delivered instantly within a few hours and all the other formalities were completed hassle-free.
    I have taken my bike to extreme conditions starting from the heat waves in march in purulia to the extreme offroads in sikkim in freezing temperatures. It has excelled in all aspects of a true adventure machine.
    The ktm 250 adventure is surely a head-turner. Everywhere I go, it turns heads and people ask about the bike and take pictures even when there may be other big bikes of re or yezdi standing beside it. You will feel proud for owning such a lovely machine.
    I use it mostly for touring and occasional commute and in touring I mostly take my wife as a pillion and the bike never felt out of power. Luggage carrying capacity, ground clearance, highway cruising, clutch feel everything is great.
    You will definitely feel you own a superbike at the cost of a normal bike.
    Pros -
    1. Good power.
    2. Efficient braking and abs.
    3. Looks great.
    4. Slipper clutch works smooth
    5. Great mileage of 30-35 kmpl and tank range over 400 kms.
    6. Alloys with tubeless tyres make a world of difference in touring. Seen people bite their heads off when tyres are punctured in remote places.
    7.Ktm has quite a good service network and spare parts are available with service costs the same as other Indian models of the same range.
    8. Seats are comfortable and have plenty of place for both rider and pillion.
    Cons -
    1. Headlights are not good. Must have aux/fog lamps installed.
    2. Seat height is pretty high for average riders although works perfectly for me as I am 6ft tall.
    3. Instrument cluster is a bit outdated although looks good but lacks bluetooth connectivity and few modern elements.
    Overall you can blindly go for this bike and take it for touring and use it for daily commute. Being almost 1 lakh rupees cheaper than the 390 adv this one is definitely far better than its rivals like himalayan and yezdi and xpulse.
    Ready to race and explore!!

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    5000-10000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

    17


    1


  • 300 kms ownership review

    2 years ago


    Nahush Kunte

    Bought this bike 4 days back and drove close to 300 kms so far. This is fantastic machine which produces linear power generation which is good for anyone upgrading from normal bikes which are not producing more than 20 bhp. Braking is superb and bike is very nimble and doesn't heat up. Cant talk about average at moment but expected 30 plus in both city and highway driving considered. More reviews to follow.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    < 3 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

    22


    7


  • After 1st service (1000 Km) Ownership Review

    2 years ago


    Kangkan Nath

    Bought the 250 Adventure a month back (2.58 Lakhs On road- Guwahati). Buying experience was good with no waiting time.
    It looks amazing and riding posture is straight & comfortable. Short riders might have problem cause the Bike is big, heavy and the seat height is High.
    It has good power and really shines at the top end. Low end not so much as we ll have to keep changing gears in low speed. The sleeper clutch feels really smooth and effortless which is really helpful in city traffic. The pick up is not instant but more of a linear approach, but we can still feel the pull of the bike and the power of the 250 engine.
    The bike felt a little rough straight out of the showroom but after the first servicing , the engine starting to open up more and I can really feel the power now. The servicing was smooth and everything is done through the KTM app.

    Overall I am loving the 250 Adventure and the new Matt Blue colour. Looks and feels so good !
    Pros: Affordable than 390 Adv., mileage, Looks, dual ABS, 12v Charger port.
    See
    Cons: No traction control, No quick shifter.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    < 3 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

    19


    4


  • An absolute beast

    1 year ago


    Nitin

    Better than Himalayan in my opinion.
    Bought this beast around 2 weeks back and clocked around 600kms on it,
    Highways are like a piece of cake, buying experience was smooth ktm showroom staff was kind enough to answer all my queries and concerns beforehand,
    Like every adventure seeker, i was looking at the adventure motorcycle segment which included a duke 250/390 adventure re Himalayan, bmw 310 gs, and yezdi adventure.
    I chose this over Himalayan due to all the issues that i came across all the forums and owner friends of mine
    I didn't want to deal with those issues though you can,
    Tubeless tires are less of a headache when you get a flat on a road and apart from the 25-30k difference what i got was better brakes, slipper clutch, and better power though with lesser torque than Himalayan,
    Since yezdi was a bit new to the market i didn't want to get into a fairly new company with lesser service centers in India, although i found yezdi's engine better and more refined than the Himalayan test vehicle,
    Bmw is an expensive bike to maintain therefore was eliminated since most of my commute included in the city and i am not a fan of excessive technology and sensors duke 250 made complete sense to me after the test ride also the maintenance cost is almost equal to my Bajaj avenger 220 which i have ridden and toured on for around 8 years so bingo duke 250 adventure became an obvious choice,
    Mileage is superb, handling is great power ohman! that is where it shines absolutely it is a beautiful machine which is absolutely rev hungry and almost everything seems perfect some cons which i found:
    - it generates heat which is managed by radiator fans
    - height can be an issue for some i am 5'7 inch and half a foot on it but it is manageable because of super lightweight, which is again better than Himalayan, i would suggest deciding after a test drive, every time i ride this machine it brings a smile on my face.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

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    2


  • Beast in 250cc adventure bikes

    2 years ago


    Rithwik

    Riding position is very good.. it is awesome.. butter smooth engine.. the only con is faced is clunky shifting of gears sometimes.. other all things are fine.. better if they add some 390 features like tcs, led headlamps, quick shifter in this 250.. except these all other things are awesome on this bike.. you can go with the adv250 blindly than going for RE Himalayan or Yezdi adventure.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    4

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Daily Commute

    Owned for

    < 3 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    Using of xp95/100 for fuel will give extra life to the engine..

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    1


  • Best touring bike with good performance and fuel economy.

    1 year ago


    Adithya Shetty

    The on-road cost 3.20l Bangalore.
    Pros:
    A good amount of power for long rides. You can easily cruise at 120kmph on highways. And you will not get bored while riding this beast.
    Fuel economy is decent, you can expect a mileage of 33-36 on highways and 28-29 in the city.
    No heating issues.
    Switchable abs.
    Cons:
    The price is quite high for 250cc bike.
    No led headlamp and TFT display is missing.
    The seat is on the quite harder side. Struggles at the low end.
    Would have given more torque like at least 27nm.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    4

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    3-6 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

    11


    2


  • Best entry level adv tourer

    1 year ago


    Vaibhav Jadhav

    Before finalizing I took multiple test drives.
    I am riding 250 adv for 13months over 8000kms and truly it's one of the best entry-level adventure touring bikes which is very versatile and also used for daily travels. You need to get used to it and then it's fun riding it. It's low on maintenance and spares are easily available.
    Cons seat height can be a concern. But if
    one gets used to, it will not be
    difficult.
    Pros superb engine response
    good decent mileage appx 30km/ltr
    excellent braking with dual abs.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Daily Commute

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    5000-10000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    Get servicing done on scheduled time. Every 500kms chain clean and lube is important. Maintain required tyre pressure.

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    12


    4


  • Best for beginners but increase your budget if you can

    1 year ago


    Ashmeet Teja

    This bike is going to give you a big bike feel for sure, but it doesn't feel heavy.
    let's talk about the looks first.
    And when I'm talking about the looks how can I miss the halogen headlamp that's a bit eyesore for me personally, otherwise the bike looks beautiful from each and every angle.
    The tall 855mm seat height can be a problem for shorter riders. If you are more than 5"9 go for it. (you can also ask for a low-height seat )
    The rider's pov is also beautifully designed,
    Looks just like a 390 adv except for that tft display and, to be honest, I can't complain about that because most of the time our eyes are set on the view ahead, not on the meter console. (the console provides enough information like fuel range, riding mode, gear position, odo etc .)
    its performance.
    Great for daily commutes but once you'll hit the highway it just glides on that tarmac.
    I must say, that the 250cc engine from ktm is the most tractable engine in this single-cylinder category.
    If you are below 6000 rpm you'll have a smooth ride but after 6000rpm you'll feel that surge of power and that 30ps/24nm will leave a big smile on your face. With a bodyweight of around 92 kgs I was easily able to manage a top speed of 139kmph so if you are a light weight rider going 145+ will be hassle-free for you.
    Touring and off-road capabilities.
    I feel that most of its buyers will spend their maximum time on tarmac not off road.
    Touring on this bike is like surfing through the tides ( pleasant yet a bit bumpy)
    The comfortable speed for highway touring on this bike is between 85 to 110 kmph depending on your body weight and riding style.
    Anything above that will make you feel like the bike is bouncing a bit.
    Those slightly stiff suspensions will give you great handling but don't absorb sharp bumps.
    When it comes to offroad this bike gives justice to its name (almost)
    But don't expect it to be a slow off-road machine like re himalayan. The low-end torque is not that much so keep the throttle twisted and
    It can be pretty fast in off roads if you know how to handle it. Tall stance, off-road pegs, high ground clearance everything helps you to enjoy the adventure factor of this machine.
    (personal suggestion- if you are looking for a off-road focused bike better go for 390 adv).
    We know that it doesn't ride like 390
    But it doesn't bite like 390 either. I'm getting mileage of 25-30kmpl in mixed riding conditions and 32+kmpl on the highways.
    The first 3 services will cost you around rs 1500 - 2000 . Later it can go 2500 -3000.
    Service intervals are long enough.
    Let's see the pros and cons
    Pros.
    1. Great for touring and mild offroad.
    2. Good mileage considering its segment.
    3. Great road presence, it is a head-turner.
    4. Good mid-range punch
    5. Great stability
    6. Great on-offroad tyres .
    7. Best brakes in its segment
    Cons.
    1. Weak headlamps for touring.
    2. Gets bumpy after 120 kmph
    3. A bit pricy
    Conclusion - if you are a new rider and considering this as your first do it machine
    it won't disappoint you. Go and have a test ride. But if you are an experienced rider who's riding 150-200cc better go with ktm 390 adv or bmw 310 gs .

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    6 months-1 yr

    Ridden for

    10000-15000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    The service center will help you a lot if you ask them about maintenance. I'd say that it'd be great if you can clean the chain and the sprockets every weekend. Keep the tyre pressure in check otherwise, you can face wobbling issues at high speeds. And once in a while keep a check of the bar end weights because I've observed that they get a bit loose after 4-5k kms .and you don't want to lose them. That's it folks. Happy riding

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    4


  • Best in its class but it will spoil you for good !!!

    1 year ago


    Siddharth Jha

    The decent buying experience with KTM andheri east. The ride experience has improved drastically after the second service of the bike. The low-end torque has also improved as twice I was able to start the bike from second gear. Smooth gear set up, good seats for longer rides and decent throttle response. It's a replica of its big brother in terms of look and looks really bulky as well. Seat height is not comfortable for riders below five or six.
    I have had a really tough time with the headlight of this bike. Just not good enough at night, be it in the city or highway. So, plan to add maddog lights for a better viewing experience although I am yet to add one for myself. Also, I will update the tyres to a better one than what's being provided in stock.
    Service cost is decent and mileage is 31kmpl so all in all a good bike for touring.
    Now that I have ridden it for six months, I wonder why I did not go for its big brother adv? Well, mileage and low-end torque was my concern while buying this bike but now, after enjoying the sheer power of this bike, I am ready to upgrade to a bigger beast.
    P.S : It's a good choice if you are coming from street-style lower cc bikes. You will be amazed by the comfort and power.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Tours

    Owned for

    6 months-1 yr

    Ridden for

    5000-10000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    I would advice to put lcd screen cover and also apply wd40 to switches for smooth functioning.

    Was this review helpful?

    9


    2


  • Good adventure

    1 year ago


    Gurusiva

    Good road appearance, and hassle-free riding on highways, in city traffic need to take extra care because of its weight and height, performance ok but needs a little bit of pick up for quick overtaking while braking on bumps needs extra care because of abs it will release braking and chance to hit. Service and maintenance are good.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    4

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    10000-15000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    Chain lube every 600 kms.

    Was this review helpful?

    7


    1

  • Ktm 250 adventure - killing the miles!!

    1 year ago


    Argha Mukherjee

    Wow!! That's the word that came to my mind when I had the test ride of the ktm 250 adventure. I got the bike delivered instantly within a few hours and all the other formalities were completed hassle-free.
    I have taken my bike to extreme conditions starting from the heat waves in march in purulia to the extreme offroads in sikkim in freezing temperatures. It has excelled in all aspects of a true adventure machine.
    The ktm 250 adventure is surely a head-turner. Everywhere I go, it turns heads and people ask about the bike and take pictures even when there may be other big bikes of re or yezdi standing beside it. You will feel proud for owning such a lovely machine.
    I use it mostly for touring and occasional commute and in touring I mostly take my wife as a pillion and the bike never felt out of power. Luggage carrying capacity, ground clearance, highway cruising, clutch feel everything is great.
    You will definitely feel you own a superbike at the cost of a normal bike.
    Pros -
    1. Good power.
    2. Efficient braking and abs.
    3. Looks great.
    4. Slipper clutch works smooth
    5. Great mileage of 30-35 kmpl and tank range over 400 kms.
    6. Alloys with tubeless tyres make a world of difference in touring. Seen people bite their heads off when tyres are punctured in remote places.
    7.Ktm has quite a good service network and spare parts are available with service costs the same as other Indian models of the same range.
    8. Seats are comfortable and have plenty of place for both rider and pillion.
    Cons -
    1. Headlights are not good. Must have aux/fog lamps installed.
    2. Seat height is pretty high for average riders although works perfectly for me as I am 6ft tall.
    3. Instrument cluster is a bit outdated although looks good but lacks bluetooth connectivity and few modern elements.
    Overall you can blindly go for this bike and take it for touring and use it for daily commute. Being almost 1 lakh rupees cheaper than the 390 adv this one is definitely far better than its rivals like himalayan and yezdi and xpulse.
    Ready to race and explore!!

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    5000-10000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

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    1


  • 300 kms ownership review

    2 years ago


    Nahush Kunte

    Bought this bike 4 days back and drove close to 300 kms so far. This is fantastic machine which produces linear power generation which is good for anyone upgrading from normal bikes which are not producing more than 20 bhp. Braking is superb and bike is very nimble and doesn't heat up. Cant talk about average at moment but expected 30 plus in both city and highway driving considered. More reviews to follow.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    < 3 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

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    7


  • After 1st service (1000 Km) Ownership Review

    2 years ago


    Kangkan Nath

    Bought the 250 Adventure a month back (2.58 Lakhs On road- Guwahati). Buying experience was good with no waiting time.
    It looks amazing and riding posture is straight & comfortable. Short riders might have problem cause the Bike is big, heavy and the seat height is High.
    It has good power and really shines at the top end. Low end not so much as we ll have to keep changing gears in low speed. The sleeper clutch feels really smooth and effortless which is really helpful in city traffic. The pick up is not instant but more of a linear approach, but we can still feel the pull of the bike and the power of the 250 engine.
    The bike felt a little rough straight out of the showroom but after the first servicing , the engine starting to open up more and I can really feel the power now. The servicing was smooth and everything is done through the KTM app.

    Overall I am loving the 250 Adventure and the new Matt Blue colour. Looks and feels so good !
    Pros: Affordable than 390 Adv., mileage, Looks, dual ABS, 12v Charger port.
    See
    Cons: No traction control, No quick shifter.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    < 3 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

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    4


  • An absolute beast

    1 year ago


    Nitin

    Better than Himalayan in my opinion.
    Bought this beast around 2 weeks back and clocked around 600kms on it,
    Highways are like a piece of cake, buying experience was smooth ktm showroom staff was kind enough to answer all my queries and concerns beforehand,
    Like every adventure seeker, i was looking at the adventure motorcycle segment which included a duke 250/390 adventure re Himalayan, bmw 310 gs, and yezdi adventure.
    I chose this over Himalayan due to all the issues that i came across all the forums and owner friends of mine
    I didn't want to deal with those issues though you can,
    Tubeless tires are less of a headache when you get a flat on a road and apart from the 25-30k difference what i got was better brakes, slipper clutch, and better power though with lesser torque than Himalayan,
    Since yezdi was a bit new to the market i didn't want to get into a fairly new company with lesser service centers in India, although i found yezdi's engine better and more refined than the Himalayan test vehicle,
    Bmw is an expensive bike to maintain therefore was eliminated since most of my commute included in the city and i am not a fan of excessive technology and sensors duke 250 made complete sense to me after the test ride also the maintenance cost is almost equal to my Bajaj avenger 220 which i have ridden and toured on for around 8 years so bingo duke 250 adventure became an obvious choice,
    Mileage is superb, handling is great power ohman! that is where it shines absolutely it is a beautiful machine which is absolutely rev hungry and almost everything seems perfect some cons which i found:
    - it generates heat which is managed by radiator fans
    - height can be an issue for some i am 5'7 inch and half a foot on it but it is manageable because of super lightweight, which is again better than Himalayan, i would suggest deciding after a test drive, every time i ride this machine it brings a smile on my face.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

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    2


  • Beast in 250cc adventure bikes

    2 years ago


    Rithwik

    Riding position is very good.. it is awesome.. butter smooth engine.. the only con is faced is clunky shifting of gears sometimes.. other all things are fine.. better if they add some 390 features like tcs, led headlamps, quick shifter in this 250.. except these all other things are awesome on this bike.. you can go with the adv250 blindly than going for RE Himalayan or Yezdi adventure.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    4

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Daily Commute

    Owned for

    < 3 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    Using of xp95/100 for fuel will give extra life to the engine..

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  • Best touring bike with good performance and fuel economy.

    1 year ago


    Adithya Shetty

    The on-road cost 3.20l Bangalore.
    Pros:
    A good amount of power for long rides. You can easily cruise at 120kmph on highways. And you will not get bored while riding this beast.
    Fuel economy is decent, you can expect a mileage of 33-36 on highways and 28-29 in the city.
    No heating issues.
    Switchable abs.
    Cons:
    The price is quite high for 250cc bike.
    No led headlamp and TFT display is missing.
    The seat is on the quite harder side. Struggles at the low end.
    Would have given more torque like at least 27nm.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    4

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    3-6 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

    11


    2


  • Best entry level adv tourer

    1 year ago


    Vaibhav Jadhav

    Before finalizing I took multiple test drives.
    I am riding 250 adv for 13months over 8000kms and truly it's one of the best entry-level adventure touring bikes which is very versatile and also used for daily travels. You need to get used to it and then it's fun riding it. It's low on maintenance and spares are easily available.
    Cons seat height can be a concern. But if
    one gets used to, it will not be
    difficult.
    Pros superb engine response
    good decent mileage appx 30km/ltr
    excellent braking with dual abs.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Daily Commute

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    5000-10000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    Get servicing done on scheduled time. Every 500kms chain clean and lube is important. Maintain required tyre pressure.

    Was this review helpful?

    12


    4


  • Best for beginners but increase your budget if you can

    1 year ago


    Ashmeet Teja

    This bike is going to give you a big bike feel for sure, but it doesn't feel heavy.
    let's talk about the looks first.
    And when I'm talking about the looks how can I miss the halogen headlamp that's a bit eyesore for me personally, otherwise the bike looks beautiful from each and every angle.
    The tall 855mm seat height can be a problem for shorter riders. If you are more than 5"9 go for it. (you can also ask for a low-height seat )
    The rider's pov is also beautifully designed,
    Looks just like a 390 adv except for that tft display and, to be honest, I can't complain about that because most of the time our eyes are set on the view ahead, not on the meter console. (the console provides enough information like fuel range, riding mode, gear position, odo etc .)
    its performance.
    Great for daily commutes but once you'll hit the highway it just glides on that tarmac.
    I must say, that the 250cc engine from ktm is the most tractable engine in this single-cylinder category.
    If you are below 6000 rpm you'll have a smooth ride but after 6000rpm you'll feel that surge of power and that 30ps/24nm will leave a big smile on your face. With a bodyweight of around 92 kgs I was easily able to manage a top speed of 139kmph so if you are a light weight rider going 145+ will be hassle-free for you.
    Touring and off-road capabilities.
    I feel that most of its buyers will spend their maximum time on tarmac not off road.
    Touring on this bike is like surfing through the tides ( pleasant yet a bit bumpy)
    The comfortable speed for highway touring on this bike is between 85 to 110 kmph depending on your body weight and riding style.
    Anything above that will make you feel like the bike is bouncing a bit.
    Those slightly stiff suspensions will give you great handling but don't absorb sharp bumps.
    When it comes to offroad this bike gives justice to its name (almost)
    But don't expect it to be a slow off-road machine like re himalayan. The low-end torque is not that much so keep the throttle twisted and
    It can be pretty fast in off roads if you know how to handle it. Tall stance, off-road pegs, high ground clearance everything helps you to enjoy the adventure factor of this machine.
    (personal suggestion- if you are looking for a off-road focused bike better go for 390 adv).
    We know that it doesn't ride like 390
    But it doesn't bite like 390 either. I'm getting mileage of 25-30kmpl in mixed riding conditions and 32+kmpl on the highways.
    The first 3 services will cost you around rs 1500 - 2000 . Later it can go 2500 -3000.
    Service intervals are long enough.
    Let's see the pros and cons
    Pros.
    1. Great for touring and mild offroad.
    2. Good mileage considering its segment.
    3. Great road presence, it is a head-turner.
    4. Good mid-range punch
    5. Great stability
    6. Great on-offroad tyres .
    7. Best brakes in its segment
    Cons.
    1. Weak headlamps for touring.
    2. Gets bumpy after 120 kmph
    3. A bit pricy
    Conclusion - if you are a new rider and considering this as your first do it machine
    it won't disappoint you. Go and have a test ride. But if you are an experienced rider who's riding 150-200cc better go with ktm 390 adv or bmw 310 gs .

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    6 months-1 yr

    Ridden for

    10000-15000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    The service center will help you a lot if you ask them about maintenance. I'd say that it'd be great if you can clean the chain and the sprockets every weekend. Keep the tyre pressure in check otherwise, you can face wobbling issues at high speeds. And once in a while keep a check of the bar end weights because I've observed that they get a bit loose after 4-5k kms .and you don't want to lose them. That's it folks. Happy riding

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    4


  • Best in its class but it will spoil you for good !!!

    1 year ago


    Siddharth Jha

    The decent buying experience with KTM andheri east. The ride experience has improved drastically after the second service of the bike. The low-end torque has also improved as twice I was able to start the bike from second gear. Smooth gear set up, good seats for longer rides and decent throttle response. It's a replica of its big brother in terms of look and looks really bulky as well. Seat height is not comfortable for riders below five or six.
    I have had a really tough time with the headlight of this bike. Just not good enough at night, be it in the city or highway. So, plan to add maddog lights for a better viewing experience although I am yet to add one for myself. Also, I will update the tyres to a better one than what's being provided in stock.
    Service cost is decent and mileage is 31kmpl so all in all a good bike for touring.
    Now that I have ridden it for six months, I wonder why I did not go for its big brother adv? Well, mileage and low-end torque was my concern while buying this bike but now, after enjoying the sheer power of this bike, I am ready to upgrade to a bigger beast.
    P.S : It's a good choice if you are coming from street-style lower cc bikes. You will be amazed by the comfort and power.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Tours

    Owned for

    6 months-1 yr

    Ridden for

    5000-10000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    I would advice to put lcd screen cover and also apply wd40 to switches for smooth functioning.

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  • Good adventure

    1 year ago


    Gurusiva

    Good road appearance, and hassle-free riding on highways, in city traffic need to take extra care because of its weight and height, performance ok but needs a little bit of pick up for quick overtaking while braking on bumps needs extra care because of abs it will release braking and chance to hit. Service and maintenance are good.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    4

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    10000-15000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    Chain lube every 600 kms.

    Was this review helpful?

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  • Ktm 250 adventure - killing the miles!!

    1 year ago


    Argha Mukherjee

    Wow!! That's the word that came to my mind when I had the test ride of the ktm 250 adventure. I got the bike delivered instantly within a few hours and all the other formalities were completed hassle-free.
    I have taken my bike to extreme conditions starting from the heat waves in march in purulia to the extreme offroads in sikkim in freezing temperatures. It has excelled in all aspects of a true adventure machine.
    The ktm 250 adventure is surely a head-turner. Everywhere I go, it turns heads and people ask about the bike and take pictures even when there may be other big bikes of re or yezdi standing beside it. You will feel proud for owning such a lovely machine.
    I use it mostly for touring and occasional commute and in touring I mostly take my wife as a pillion and the bike never felt out of power. Luggage carrying capacity, ground clearance, highway cruising, clutch feel everything is great.
    You will definitely feel you own a superbike at the cost of a normal bike.
    Pros -
    1. Good power.
    2. Efficient braking and abs.
    3. Looks great.
    4. Slipper clutch works smooth
    5. Great mileage of 30-35 kmpl and tank range over 400 kms.
    6. Alloys with tubeless tyres make a world of difference in touring. Seen people bite their heads off when tyres are punctured in remote places.
    7.Ktm has quite a good service network and spare parts are available with service costs the same as other Indian models of the same range.
    8. Seats are comfortable and have plenty of place for both rider and pillion.
    Cons -
    1. Headlights are not good. Must have aux/fog lamps installed.
    2. Seat height is pretty high for average riders although works perfectly for me as I am 6ft tall.
    3. Instrument cluster is a bit outdated although looks good but lacks bluetooth connectivity and few modern elements.
    Overall you can blindly go for this bike and take it for touring and use it for daily commute. Being almost 1 lakh rupees cheaper than the 390 adv this one is definitely far better than its rivals like himalayan and yezdi and xpulse.
    Ready to race and explore!!

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    5000-10000 kms

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  • 300 kms ownership review

    2 years ago


    Nahush Kunte

    Bought this bike 4 days back and drove close to 300 kms so far. This is fantastic machine which produces linear power generation which is good for anyone upgrading from normal bikes which are not producing more than 20 bhp. Braking is superb and bike is very nimble and doesn't heat up. Cant talk about average at moment but expected 30 plus in both city and highway driving considered. More reviews to follow.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    < 3 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Was this review helpful?

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  • After 1st service (1000 Km) Ownership Review

    2 years ago


    Kangkan Nath

    Bought the 250 Adventure a month back (2.58 Lakhs On road- Guwahati). Buying experience was good with no waiting time.
    It looks amazing and riding posture is straight & comfortable. Short riders might have problem cause the Bike is big, heavy and the seat height is High.
    It has good power and really shines at the top end. Low end not so much as we ll have to keep changing gears in low speed. The sleeper clutch feels really smooth and effortless which is really helpful in city traffic. The pick up is not instant but more of a linear approach, but we can still feel the pull of the bike and the power of the 250 engine.
    The bike felt a little rough straight out of the showroom but after the first servicing , the engine starting to open up more and I can really feel the power now. The servicing was smooth and everything is done through the KTM app.

    Overall I am loving the 250 Adventure and the new Matt Blue colour. Looks and feels so good !
    Pros: Affordable than 390 Adv., mileage, Looks, dual ABS, 12v Charger port.
    See
    Cons: No traction control, No quick shifter.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    < 3 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

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  • An absolute beast

    1 year ago


    Nitin

    Better than Himalayan in my opinion.
    Bought this beast around 2 weeks back and clocked around 600kms on it,
    Highways are like a piece of cake, buying experience was smooth ktm showroom staff was kind enough to answer all my queries and concerns beforehand,
    Like every adventure seeker, i was looking at the adventure motorcycle segment which included a duke 250/390 adventure re Himalayan, bmw 310 gs, and yezdi adventure.
    I chose this over Himalayan due to all the issues that i came across all the forums and owner friends of mine
    I didn't want to deal with those issues though you can,
    Tubeless tires are less of a headache when you get a flat on a road and apart from the 25-30k difference what i got was better brakes, slipper clutch, and better power though with lesser torque than Himalayan,
    Since yezdi was a bit new to the market i didn't want to get into a fairly new company with lesser service centers in India, although i found yezdi's engine better and more refined than the Himalayan test vehicle,
    Bmw is an expensive bike to maintain therefore was eliminated since most of my commute included in the city and i am not a fan of excessive technology and sensors duke 250 made complete sense to me after the test ride also the maintenance cost is almost equal to my Bajaj avenger 220 which i have ridden and toured on for around 8 years so bingo duke 250 adventure became an obvious choice,
    Mileage is superb, handling is great power ohman! that is where it shines absolutely it is a beautiful machine which is absolutely rev hungry and almost everything seems perfect some cons which i found:
    - it generates heat which is managed by radiator fans
    - height can be an issue for some i am 5'7 inch and half a foot on it but it is manageable because of super lightweight, which is again better than Himalayan, i would suggest deciding after a test drive, every time i ride this machine it brings a smile on my face.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

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  • Beast in 250cc adventure bikes

    2 years ago


    Rithwik

    Riding position is very good.. it is awesome.. butter smooth engine.. the only con is faced is clunky shifting of gears sometimes.. other all things are fine.. better if they add some 390 features like tcs, led headlamps, quick shifter in this 250.. except these all other things are awesome on this bike.. you can go with the adv250 blindly than going for RE Himalayan or Yezdi adventure.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    4

    Reliability


    5

    Comfort


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Daily Commute

    Owned for

    < 3 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    Using of xp95/100 for fuel will give extra life to the engine..

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  • Best touring bike with good performance and fuel economy.

    1 year ago


    Adithya Shetty

    The on-road cost 3.20l Bangalore.
    Pros:
    A good amount of power for long rides. You can easily cruise at 120kmph on highways. And you will not get bored while riding this beast.
    Fuel economy is decent, you can expect a mileage of 33-36 on highways and 28-29 in the city.
    No heating issues.
    Switchable abs.
    Cons:
    The price is quite high for 250cc bike.
    No led headlamp and TFT display is missing.
    The seat is on the quite harder side. Struggles at the low end.
    Would have given more torque like at least 27nm.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    4

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    3-6 months

    Ridden for

    < 5000 kms

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  • Best entry level adv tourer

    1 year ago


    Vaibhav Jadhav

    Before finalizing I took multiple test drives.
    I am riding 250 adv for 13months over 8000kms and truly it's one of the best entry-level adventure touring bikes which is very versatile and also used for daily travels. You need to get used to it and then it's fun riding it. It's low on maintenance and spares are easily available.
    Cons seat height can be a concern. But if
    one gets used to, it will not be
    difficult.
    Pros superb engine response
    good decent mileage appx 30km/ltr
    excellent braking with dual abs.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Daily Commute

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    5000-10000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    Get servicing done on scheduled time. Every 500kms chain clean and lube is important. Maintain required tyre pressure.

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    4


  • Best for beginners but increase your budget if you can

    1 year ago


    Ashmeet Teja

    This bike is going to give you a big bike feel for sure, but it doesn't feel heavy.
    let's talk about the looks first.
    And when I'm talking about the looks how can I miss the halogen headlamp that's a bit eyesore for me personally, otherwise the bike looks beautiful from each and every angle.
    The tall 855mm seat height can be a problem for shorter riders. If you are more than 5"9 go for it. (you can also ask for a low-height seat )
    The rider's pov is also beautifully designed,
    Looks just like a 390 adv except for that tft display and, to be honest, I can't complain about that because most of the time our eyes are set on the view ahead, not on the meter console. (the console provides enough information like fuel range, riding mode, gear position, odo etc .)
    its performance.
    Great for daily commutes but once you'll hit the highway it just glides on that tarmac.
    I must say, that the 250cc engine from ktm is the most tractable engine in this single-cylinder category.
    If you are below 6000 rpm you'll have a smooth ride but after 6000rpm you'll feel that surge of power and that 30ps/24nm will leave a big smile on your face. With a bodyweight of around 92 kgs I was easily able to manage a top speed of 139kmph so if you are a light weight rider going 145+ will be hassle-free for you.
    Touring and off-road capabilities.
    I feel that most of its buyers will spend their maximum time on tarmac not off road.
    Touring on this bike is like surfing through the tides ( pleasant yet a bit bumpy)
    The comfortable speed for highway touring on this bike is between 85 to 110 kmph depending on your body weight and riding style.
    Anything above that will make you feel like the bike is bouncing a bit.
    Those slightly stiff suspensions will give you great handling but don't absorb sharp bumps.
    When it comes to offroad this bike gives justice to its name (almost)
    But don't expect it to be a slow off-road machine like re himalayan. The low-end torque is not that much so keep the throttle twisted and
    It can be pretty fast in off roads if you know how to handle it. Tall stance, off-road pegs, high ground clearance everything helps you to enjoy the adventure factor of this machine.
    (personal suggestion- if you are looking for a off-road focused bike better go for 390 adv).
    We know that it doesn't ride like 390
    But it doesn't bite like 390 either. I'm getting mileage of 25-30kmpl in mixed riding conditions and 32+kmpl on the highways.
    The first 3 services will cost you around rs 1500 - 2000 . Later it can go 2500 -3000.
    Service intervals are long enough.
    Let's see the pros and cons
    Pros.
    1. Great for touring and mild offroad.
    2. Good mileage considering its segment.
    3. Great road presence, it is a head-turner.
    4. Good mid-range punch
    5. Great stability
    6. Great on-offroad tyres .
    7. Best brakes in its segment
    Cons.
    1. Weak headlamps for touring.
    2. Gets bumpy after 120 kmph
    3. A bit pricy
    Conclusion - if you are a new rider and considering this as your first do it machine
    it won't disappoint you. Go and have a test ride. But if you are an experienced rider who's riding 150-200cc better go with ktm 390 adv or bmw 310 gs .

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    5

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    6 months-1 yr

    Ridden for

    10000-15000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    The service center will help you a lot if you ask them about maintenance. I'd say that it'd be great if you can clean the chain and the sprockets every weekend. Keep the tyre pressure in check otherwise, you can face wobbling issues at high speeds. And once in a while keep a check of the bar end weights because I've observed that they get a bit loose after 4-5k kms .and you don't want to lose them. That's it folks. Happy riding

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    4


  • Best in its class but it will spoil you for good !!!

    1 year ago


    Siddharth Jha

    The decent buying experience with KTM andheri east. The ride experience has improved drastically after the second service of the bike. The low-end torque has also improved as twice I was able to start the bike from second gear. Smooth gear set up, good seats for longer rides and decent throttle response. It's a replica of its big brother in terms of look and looks really bulky as well. Seat height is not comfortable for riders below five or six.
    I have had a really tough time with the headlight of this bike. Just not good enough at night, be it in the city or highway. So, plan to add maddog lights for a better viewing experience although I am yet to add one for myself. Also, I will update the tyres to a better one than what's being provided in stock.
    Service cost is decent and mileage is 31kmpl so all in all a good bike for touring.
    Now that I have ridden it for six months, I wonder why I did not go for its big brother adv? Well, mileage and low-end torque was my concern while buying this bike but now, after enjoying the sheer power of this bike, I am ready to upgrade to a bigger beast.
    P.S : It's a good choice if you are coming from street-style lower cc bikes. You will be amazed by the comfort and power.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    4

    Visual Appeal


    5

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Tours

    Owned for

    6 months-1 yr

    Ridden for

    5000-10000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    I would advice to put lcd screen cover and also apply wd40 to switches for smooth functioning.

    Was this review helpful?

    9


    2


  • Good adventure

    1 year ago


    Gurusiva

    Good road appearance, and hassle-free riding on highways, in city traffic need to take extra care because of its weight and height, performance ok but needs a little bit of pick up for quick overtaking while braking on bumps needs extra care because of abs it will release braking and chance to hit. Service and maintenance are good.

    Rating Parameters

    (out of 5)

    5

    Visual Appeal


    4

    Reliability


    4

    Comfort


    5

    Service Experience


    4

    Value for Money

    About the Reviewer

    Used it for

    Everything

    Owned for

    > 1 yr

    Ridden for

    10000-15000 kms

    Tips for other riders

    Chain lube every 600 kms.

    Was this review helpful?

    7


    1

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