Editor Ross Mowbray gets to grips with KTM’s small all-rounder…

There’s been a bit of a boom in the small capacity adventure bike world, so you’ve got a few bikes to choose from if smaller capacity is your thing. There’s BMW’s G 310 GS, Kawasaki’s Versys 300, Suzuki’s V-Strom 250, Royal Enfield’s Himalayan, and Honda’s CRF 300L (and the Rally version, too). Does the KTM stand up? We’ve blagged one for a few months to find out. First impressions are good. The 390 Adventure is clearly inspired by its elder and more experienced siblings.

KTM 390 Adventure Motorcycle

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The size of the 390 Adventure will make you feel like you are riding a proper ADV. It doesn’t feel diminutive like many other ‘small bikes’ and if you were to stand it next to the 790 Adventure, you’d probably be surprised at how little there is in it. The seat height is a reasonably lofty 855mm, but thanks to a soft suspension set up, shorter riders should be able to get their feet on the floor without too much trouble.

KTM 390 Adventure Motorcycle close up

I’m reasonably tall and can get both feet planted with room to spare. The cockpit is sophisticated too, immediately quashing any thoughts that this is ‘just a budget bike’. The TFT dash offers navigation as standard (when you pair it with the KTM My Ride app) and through the easy-to-use left-hand switchgear you can turn off the traction control and select off-road ABS settings (it turns it off at the rear and dials it back a bit at the front). Away from the screen there’s a windshield with two positions (though you’ll need an allen key to change it), full-sized serrated pegs with rubber inserts, Continental TKC 70 tyres, and decent-spec WP Apex suspe