KTM India brought the updated 390 Adventure to the country a few days back. It’s now priced at Rs 3.35 lakh and has received a few technical updates along with a new paint scheme. One of its direct rivals is the BMW G 310 GS, which is priced at Rs 3.05 lakh. But how do the two ADVs fare on paper? Let’s have a look.
While looks are subjective, there can be a collective agreement that ADVs aren’t meant to be lookers. The same holds true for both the Austrian and the Bavarian ADVs. The KTM 390 Adventure has a tall and upright stance and an overall rugged look. It gets a decently tall windscreen and an LED headlight flanked by LED turn indicators.
Meanwhile, the BMW G 310 GS gets equally modern equipment and LED illumination. Aiding its off-road purpose, the GS also gets a beak which the 390 ADV misses out on. That said, the G 310 GS seems a bit less off-road friendly than the KTM.
The KTM 390 Adventure has an upper hand when it comes to the features list. Apart from LED illumination all around, it also gets a TFT screen, two-traction modes, a quickshifter, ABS, and smartphone connectivity. On the other hand, the G 310 GS is equipped with LED illumination and a fully digital console. It misses out on bits like Bluetooth connectivity.
KTM has powered the 390 Adventure with a 373cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-valve motor. It’s tuned to dish out 42.3bhp and 37Nm and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. On the other hand, the BMW G 310 GS houses a 313cc, single-cylinder motor tuned to belt out 33.5bhp and 28Nm.
KTM has suspended the 390 Adventure on USD forks and a monoshock. The BMW G 310 GS, too, gets the same setup. Both motorcycles ride on 19-inch alloys but KTM has updated the 390’s wheels with five spokes instead of six on the previous model. Braking hardware on the KTM 390 Adventure comprises a single disc on both ends with lean-sensitive dual-channel ABS. The Bavarian ADV, however, gets a conventional ABS system.
While the KTM offers more components and features, it also demands a higher asking price compared to the BMW. The 390 Adventure now retails at Rs 3.35 lakh whereas the G 310 GS costs Rs 30,000 less at Rs 3.05 lakh (both ex-showroom Delhi).