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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2020, 01:27:59 pm »
I heard that Alfie Cox has them on a special at R79k?
Don't know if that was for their demo units though....
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2020, 01:30:48 pm »
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2020, 01:31:58 pm »
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2020, 01:42:46 pm »
I heard that Alfie Cox has them on a special at R79k?
Don't know if that was for their demo units though....
I know KTM Durban said they could do a brand new unit for R87k. Im always wary of buying demo KTM,s  :pot:
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2020, 01:49:06 pm »
I heard that Alfie Cox has them on a special at R79k?
Don't know if that was for their demo units though....
I know KTM Durban said they could do a brand new unit for R87k. Im always wary of buying demo KTM,s  :pot:
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2020, 08:50:40 pm »
Ok.... Looking at a lighter bike in the 400 - 500 range.

So far the closest would be the 390 Adventure... Let's have your comments please?

Have a word with @Minxy, Tom. I see she posted riding the 390 on FB

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I'll post reply soon, just SUPER busy at work :D

I've been very fortunate the last while and got to try this as well as the 790S. I must say I was the most excited about trying this one haha!

So, it looks almost identical to the 790, minus the belly :D It has the same tablet type interface and features as the 790S (MTC, ABS, also Street and Offroad modes). Honestly you get a lot of big bike features on this small bike.

I am 1.76m and sit quite comfortably without feeling cramped. We did around 250km for the day and I also didn't feel tired. On the tar we got a max speed of about 155km, offroad 145km on a really smooth dirt road. A comfortable speed on tar was 130km. A big concern for me was the wheels. I did slow down quite a bit for all the obstacles, I would not want to jump this bike with these wheels :D Also I must mention the suspension. It was surprisingly fine on the tweespoor roads, agile, nimble, lekker to throw around in corners. It was not bad in the sand either, (also considering it has 19" front wheel). Where it did come short was on the shitty corrugated/ bumpy dirt roads. You can feel that 170mm of travel just isn't going to cut it. So yes, I found myself taking these roads much slower than usual. The problem here is if you are riding along and get surprised by a ditch or whatever, you are going to have a bad time. The bike does not have a steering stabilizer either, so the focus was really not high speed dirt road riding when they built it.

Overall I really did like it though. It was FUN!!! Would I buy one? Not as it is, because it just isn't offroad focused enough for what I like to do. It had me thinking though there is a huge gap in the smaller adv bike market. There were SO many riders, and not just ladies either asking me about this bike. If they build a decent "R" version to make it a bit more versatile, I would probably get one. People who don't mind taking things slow or aren't toooooo offroad focused should enjoy this one though.  It can also be a fun bike for a novice to learn on, then move onto something bigger when they are ready. A great bike for a lady who is starting out as well because it really isn't intimidating, or even just to use as a nifty little commuter.

















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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #27 on: September 09, 2020, 06:43:19 pm »
I had a look at the 390 Adventure in Bloem today, and was quite impressed with the quality . Cable clutch which I like. Service access to oil filter and air filter is easy.
On the weight issue, it felt really lekker and would be great for a toppie like me, who's getting older and not-so-fit anymore!
The bike looks quite "short" in length, but obviously would be more manueverable in tight situations.
My type of riding is not so much on technical terrain anymore, so I reckon the rims should be ok, although I'm still wary of tubeless "mags" (coming from an old school bike.)
(I've still got my CRF230 for heavy technical terrain)
Cruising speeds of up to 120-130kph are fine with me. Fuel consumption seems good, giving a range of around 400km per tank.

I still like the CRF 250 Rally, but the cruising speed is a little low for longer trips. (The Honda 250 Rally is on special at R68k now.)

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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2020, 07:08:07 am »
Me thinks you are a Honda man  ;D
 

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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2020, 07:56:39 am »
@Minxy hijack on, where is this track ? I recognize the Loodswaai parts and Rhenosterkop but not this one.
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2020, 09:11:14 am »
@Minxy hijack on, where is this track ? I recognize the Loodswaai parts and Rhenosterkop but not this one.

This is in the Rhenosterkop area as well, pm me your email address and I can forward you the route.
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2020, 06:07:52 pm »
My next question is how soon does the fancy electronic display have to be upgraded?
My Garmin Zumo 400 is apparently now obsolete and can't be upgraded any more.

I keep my bikes a long time and my concern is that I'll be charged an arm and a leg for upgrade /replacement....
What's the expected lifespan of all this sophistication?
Can the bike run if the display fails and I'm in the middle of nowhere?  :patch:
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2020, 08:31:42 pm »
My next question is how soon does the fancy electronic display have to be upgraded?
My Garmin Zumo 400 is apparently now obsolete and can't be upgraded any more.

I keep my bikes a long time and my concern is that I'll be charged an arm and a leg for upgrade /replacement....
What's the expected lifespan of all this sophistication?
Can the bike run if the display fails and I'm in the middle of nowhere?  :patch:

This is a Indian KTM thread, what are you asking about keeping a bike for a long time? :imaposer:
 

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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #33 on: September 10, 2020, 09:09:26 pm »
I'm hoping to find out if KTM backup is consistent and for how long?

... At least they've got bikes to see and ride!..... Haven't seen a real life T7 yet!
And the supposed price of the Yamaha is rediculously over the top... Looks like they want money up front before they import anything?.... Promises like the Anc?  O0
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #34 on: September 11, 2020, 06:27:09 am »
I have not Ridden this 390 Adventure yet but I have ridden the 390 duke, and the power comparison to me is much in the same as the DRZ400 and that is still the bike that I rate as the best duel sports bike out there , if you can find them at a good price
I have sat on the 390 Adventure and found it to be tall , but then I like a tall bike.

I think its a far better bike than any of the other manufacturers have on offer, but then my blood runs orange as well.

the honda crf 450 L is way under powerd  25 HP and for 3 HP less you may as well have the crf 250L 22 HP with better mpg and service intervals.

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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #35 on: September 11, 2020, 07:31:39 am »
My next question is how soon does the fancy electronic display have to be upgraded?
My Garmin Zumo 400 is apparently now obsolete and can't be upgraded any more.

I keep my bikes a long time and my concern is that I'll be charged an arm and a leg for upgrade /replacement....
What's the expected lifespan of all this sophistication?
Can the bike run if the display fails and I'm in the middle of nowhere?  :patch:
The display doesnt work off an "operating software" like a cell phone,tablet or gps. There maybe upgrades to features in the future but no "operating software" updates per se. Basically dont worry about  :thumleft:
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #36 on: September 11, 2020, 07:34:17 am »
Keep an eye on this You Tube link


This chap really has great, informative ,honest reviews and tests. He will test ride this machine proper  :thumleft:
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« Reply #37 on: September 13, 2020, 03:05:51 pm »
Video now available. Very good review 👍
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #38 on: September 13, 2020, 03:38:53 pm »


Quote from: Grumpleton on September 11, 2020, 06:27:09 am

>the honda crf 450 L is way under powerd  25 HP and for 3 HP less you may as well have the crf 250L 22 HP with better mpg and service intervals.

True,but in the next couple of weeks, I BELIEVE Honda  SA will release FIFTY CRF450Ls into the SA market, all of which will have the American spec and American ECUs fitted, with a truly massive increase in power; uncorcked indeed!
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Re: KTM 390 Adventure?
« Reply #39 on: September 13, 2020, 04:00:09 pm »
"Because it's a KTM we expect performance to be better than on a comparable bike from another brand"

KTM has sort of dug themselves into a bit of a hole with their "ready to race" slogan, and it looks like they are finding that that mantra is costing them reliability.

This test on the 390, while good, is only over a "couple of hundred Kays", and even on the 790, riders managed that before the gremlins struck.

In fact, even a Chinese thing may survive a few hundred kays with "everything thrown at it"

As you can see, I am sceptical. As I was with the GS310, which turned out rubbish, despite it being declared by a SA tester as the best there is.........