The other day a friend and I were discussing about Harley Davidson’s exit from India. And although the major reason was because Harley wants to retrospect on its markets, one of the reasons why Harley wasn’t successful in India was because of Indian roads.
Think about it, Harleys are made for cruising comfortably on long stretches of highways, without breaking a goddamn sweat. And what do you get in India? A road full of potholes, which isn’t bad. But the traffic jams that you encounter is worse. Simply, one can not ever, enjoy these majestic machines.
It is because of the poor condition of roads, most of the serious riders prefer an adventure motorcycle. Admit it, Indian roads are no less than an adventurous off-roading trail.
Which leads us to our motorcycle of the moment. KTM Adventure 250. An affordable adventure tourer!
Currently, the most affordable adventure bike is the Hero Xpulse 200. And then there is the mighty RE Himalayan. KTM has now thrown its hat into the ring. Let us see what this new baby offers.
Let me tell you something about its elder sibling, the KTM Adventure 390. Since its launch in the earlier parts of this year, 390 sales have increased 2.5 times compared to 2019. Expect that to increase further with a new affordable younger sibling.
KTM Adventure 250 Engine Specifications
The KTM Adventure 250 draws power from a 248.8cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine borrowed from the naked streetfighter KTM Duke 250. The engine produces 30 hp of maximum power and 24 Nm of torque. It might get slight changes in terms of tuning to meet adventure needs, i.e. it might get a bit more power in the lower range. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox and slipper clutch.
KTM Adventure 250 Hardwares & Features
The dimensions of the bike remains similar to the KTM Adventure 390. Seat height and ground clearance of both the bikes are same at 855mm and 200mm respectively. Ground clearance is good enough considering the type of roads it will face. It carries the same fuel tank on Adventure 390, which has a capacity of 14.5 litres. It comes with switchable ABS, switchable because you need to turn it off while off-roading. Much emphasis has been put on brakes with 320mm front and 230mm rear single disc brakes. It gets the same TFT display as in Duke 250. Headlights are halogen instead of LED, but it has LED Daytime Running Lights(DRL).
The Adventure 250, despite having smaller capacity, is only 2 kgs lighter at 156 Kg kerb weight.
KTM 250 Adventure Top Speed, Mileage & Price
The KTM Adventure 250 has a top speed of 135 Kmph as opposed to 142 Kmph of the Duke 250. The approximate mileage as claimed by the manufacturer is 30-35 Kmpl.
Now the all important question, what is the price. KTM Adventure 390 has an Ex-showroom price of Rs. 3,04,110. The KTM Adventure 250 is expected to be priced around 2.50 Lakhs. Anything less than that will be a competitive price. We will get to know soon when it is officially announced in December 2020.
What really is the difference between the KTM Adventure 390 and KTM Adventure 250?
While both the bikes have similar dimensions, tank capacity, wheel travel, brakes, the difference lies in the technology. The KTM Adventure 250 is made to cut costs, hence it surely misses out on some of the amazing technology like traction control, adjustable Up-Side Down (USD) front forks and rear monoshock, all LED lighting to name a few.
However, it still has the dual-channel switchable rear ABS. The absence of technology might be beneficial as it will give the bike a raw feel, like the good ol’ days.
Engine And Transmission
|Engine Type||Single Cylinder, liquid cooled|
|Max Power||30 HP @ 9000 rpm|
|Max Torque||24 NM @ 7500 rpm|
|No. of Cylinder||1|
|Cooling System||Liquid cooled|
|Fuel Supply||Fuel Injection|
|Automatic Headlamp On||Yes|
Chassis And Suspension
|Front Suspension||43mm WP Apex USD Front Forks|
|Rear Suspension||WP Apex Adjustable Monoshock|
Dimension and Capacity
|Fuel Capacity||14.5 Litres|
|Ground Clearance||200 mm|
|Wheel Base||1430 mm|
|Kerb Weight||156 Kg|
Tyres And Brakes
|Tyre Size||Front Tyre: 100/90-19|
Rear Tyre: 130/80-17
|Front Brake||Single Disc|
|Rear Brake||Single Disc|
|Front Brake Diameter||320 mm|
|Rear Brake Diameter||230 mm|
Performance and Mileage
|Top Speed||135 Kmph|
|Price||2.30-2.50 Lakhs Ex-Showroom|
The KTM Adventure 250 is definitely one to look out for. With the ever growing popularity of Adventure motorcycles in India, an affordable and tough one will go a long way.