Low Budget Adventure Class - A brief look
Which one would you take for a spin?
The newcomer in the segment is the anticipated KTM 390 Adventure, powered by the 43 hp single and having a wet weight of 172 kg. We’ll ride it soon and come up with a review, but meanwhile, let’s see how it looks against the rivals.
KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure features the already well known 373cc single-cylinder engine, making 43 hp @ 9,500 rpm and 37 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. It’s the same engine featured on the 390 Duke, so we’re very curious to find out how it suits the adventure-touring purpose. The suspension travel is 170 mm for the fork which is fitted to a 19-inch wheel. The 390 Adventure is fitted with cast wheels and a 14 litres fuel tank. The wet weight sits at 172 kg. The KTM 390 Adventure is built in India in cooperation with Bajaj and it’s available for €6,195.
Honda CRF250 Rally
The first model Honda offers to the segment is the CRF250 Rally powered by a 249cc single-cylinder engine with 24 hp @ 8,500 rpm and 22 Nm of torque @ 6,750 rpm. The fork is more off-road focused compared to the KTM with a travel of 221 mm. It holds a 21-inch spoked wheel. The maximum fuel tank capacity sits at 10.1 litres which gives the CRF250 Rally a wet weight of 157 kg. The bike is built in Thailand and has a price tag of €6,500.
The other model the Japanese brand has in the segment is the CB500X. The adventure bike is equipped with a 471cc parallel-twin power plant putting out 47 hp @ 8,600 rpm. The maximum 43 Nm of torque is offered at 6,500 rpm. The suspension is provided by a fork with a t150 mm travel. The bike comes with cast wheels, 19-inch for the front, 18 litres fuel tank and a wet weight of 197 kg. The bike is built in Thailand and costs €6,999.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
The British approach to the segment comes in the form of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The lightweight adventure bike has a 411cc single-cylinder engine with 24 hp @ 6500 rpm and a delivers 32 Nm of torque between 4,000 – 4,500 rpm. The wet weight stands at 199 kg (with 90% fuel & oil). It’s fitted with a 200 mm travel fork, 21-inch spoked wheel and a 15 litres fuel tank. The Royal Enfield Himalayan is built in India and sits at €4,795.
Kawasaki Versys-X 300
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is a 296cc parallel-twin bike that revs up to 11,500 rpm to deliver 40 hp. The 26 Nm of torque is offered at 10,000 rpm. It’s equipped with a 130 mm travel fork fitted on a spoked 19-inch wheel. The bike has a 17 litres fuel tank and a curb mass of 175 kg. The Versys-X 300 is built in Thailand and is priced at €5,795.
Another model that has something to say in the segment is the BMW G310GS. For the engine, the German engineers picked a 313cc single-cylinder configuration with 34 hp @ 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. The wet weight is kept down at 169 kg. The motorcycle’s equipped with cast wheels, 180 mm fork travel, 19-inch front wheel and an 11-litres fuel tank. The G310GS is made in India with the TVS Motor Company and has a price tag of €6,050.
Suzuki V-Strom 250
Last but not least is the Suzuki V-Strom 250 equipped with a 248cc parallel-twin engine. The performance figures are 24 hp @ 8,000 rpm and 23 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. The fork travel is 115 mm fitted on a 17-inch cast wheel. The V-Strom 250 features a 17 litres fuel tank and the curb weight sits at 188 kg. The motorcycle is built in China and costs €5,740.
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