First introduced stateside in 2022, the KTM 390 Adventure continues to sell well in the entry-level adventure bike segment, offering a perfect blend of performance and versatility. The bike returns for 2023 but with the “SW” addition on the name, which stands for spoked wheels. 

The spoked wheels over the previous year’s 10-spoke cast wheels and some fresh black/orange paint differentiate the 2023 model from 2022. However, all else is the same as the 2022 model, from the engine to the suspension to the chassis.

So what makes it stand out among the many competitors in this segment, such as the BMW G 310 GS, the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS, and even the larger, yet less performance-driven, Honda CB500X?

There’s plenty that makes this Austrian creation stand out among the noise, from comfort to, in typical KTM-style, performance. This is especially true for the handling of this 387-lbs. (fully fueled) machine. 

The former can be stated up quickly when you realize who provided input on suspension and handling—Quinn Cody, off-road racer turned KTM R&D rider.

Let’s discover what makes the KTM 390 Adventure stand out from other adventure bikes in terms of design elements, performance specifications, versatility, comfort, durability, reliability, and safety, along with some other inputs. 

KTM 390 Adventure: Design and Features

Although the younger sibling of the off-road-worthy KTM 890 Adventure and 1290 Super Adventure, the 390 continues to abide by the Austrian company’s “Ready to Race” slogan. 

The heart of the 2023 KTM 390 Adventure is its powerful yet efficient single-cylinder engine that delivers optimal performance across the rev range for various riding situations, from highway cruising to fire-road beatings. 

Here are some key specs of the 390 powerplant and electronics.

- 373.2cc, 4-stroke DOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 44 hp @8,970 and peak torque of 23.2 lb.-ft. @ 6,990 rpm.

- Six-speed transmission with optional Quickshifter for both clutchless up- and down-shifts.
- 66 mpg for about 250 miles from the 3.8-gallon fuel tank.

- Off-Road ride mode for more rear-wheel slip and linked Offroad ABS (disengaged on the rear, reduced on the front)

- Throttle-by-wire and fuel-injection engine

- Motorcycle Traction Control

- Cornering ABS and Offroad ABS, which disengages rear-wheel ABS and reduces front-wheel ABS.

- A full-color 5-inch TFT display provides all essential information at a glance while offering smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth for additional functionality, such as navigation assistance through the optional KTM MY RIDE app.

It’s not often you find cornering ABS and Off-Road modes on entry-level ADV Bikes, but KTM didn’t stop at just the engine and electronics. The bike also features superior chassis and braking systems. 

Here are some attributes that immediately stick out. 

- The lightweight steel trellis frame offers exceptional handling characteristics without compromising stability or durability.

- WP Apex fully-adjustable suspension—43mm inverted fork and WP Apex shock out back, both adjustable (compression and rebound damping for the fork, which offers 6.7 inches of travel; spring preload and rebound for the 6.9-inch travel shock).

- 19-inch front; 17-inch rear spoked rear wheels on the 2023 model (hence, again, the SW addition to the name. Continental TK70 tires are off-road ready.

- Brembo BYBRE brakes (320mm front and 230mm rear discs with 4-piston calipers on the front and single-piston in the rear) ensure optimal stopping power even under demanding situations.

Plus, the 390 has superb touring capabilities for a smaller adventure motorcycle. Equipped with a comfortable seat height of just over 33 inches (835mm) and ample luggage mounting points, it makes for an ideal companion during extended trips without compromising agility in tight situations when needed most.

KTM adventure motorcycles are known for their robust build quality using performance-breed materials designed specifically around endurance and motocross applications—ensuring maximum longevity under harsh conditions encountered by adventure riders worldwide. The 2023 KTM 390 Adventure continues this tradition with its:

- High-Quality Components: From the chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame to the aluminum swingarm, every component is designed for durability and performance.

- Reliable Engine: Powered by a proven 373cc single-cylinder engine that delivers smooth power delivery across all RPM ranges while maintaining fuel efficiency—perfect for long-distance travel or spirited off-road adventures.

- Maintenance Intervals: With service intervals of up to 9,000 miles (15,000 km), you can spend more time enjoying your ride and less time worrying about maintenance.

All this comes in at a dealer price point of under $8,000. Check out the main KTM World motorcycle sales page to see if one is available.

The 2023 KTM 390 Adventure SW is a testament to the company's commitment to innovation and excellence in the adventure bike segment. KTM has a stronghold on the big adventure class with its 1290 Super Adventure and also the middleweight class with its 890 Adventure. 

Additionally, KTM offers a wide range of accessories through its PowerParts collection, allowing riders to customize their bikes to their liking.

With its linked off-road ABS, spoked wheels, and racing background in rally competition, the 2023 KTM 390 Adventure is a top contender for any adventure rider looking for a reliable and versatile motorcycle.

Additionally, KTM offers a wide range of accessories through its PowerParts collection, allowing riders to customize their bikes to their liking. 

What the Media says

With its impressive performance capabilities and features for an entry-level adventure motorcycle, the KTM 390 Adventure is well-received by the media. , 

Motorcyclist Online, for example, commended the bike's ability to easily handle off-road trails and highway cruising. Additionally, Cycle World highlighted the motorcycle's excellent ergonomics, making it suitable for riders of different heights.

The bike has also received some cool accolades over the years, including:

- Middleweight ADV Bike of The Year: The prestigious award was given to this versatile machine by, recognizing its superior performance compared to other middleweight adventure motorcycles available in today's market.

- Top Sales Awards: In addition to being a top-performing ADV bike, sales figures indicate that customers love their new ride. As reported by several industry sources like, the KTM 390 Adventure has been a top seller in its category.

Regarding media comparisons, the 2023 KTM 390 Adventure is often compared to other models within the same class, such as the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS and the Honda CB500X.

Many riders find that the KTM 390 Adventure offers a desirable blend of performance, comfort, and affordability compared to other models in its class, such as the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS and Honda CB500X. For example, RevZilla's comparison test highlights how this model outperforms competitors with better suspension travel and overall off-road capability.

Accessories for the 2023 KTM 390 Adventure

KTM World provides a variety of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts that are specifically designed to fit and function perfectly with your 2023 KTM 390 Adventure. Some popular OEM accessory options include:

- Luggage System: Enhance the storage capacity of your motorcycle with an array of luggage solutions such as top cases, side cases, tank bags, and soft bags.

- Ergonomics & Comfort: Improve rider comfort by upgrading seats, handlebars, footpegs, windshields, handguards, and more.

- Navigational Aids: Equip yourself with GPS navigation systems designed specifically for adventure motorcycles like the KTM MY RIDE system.

- Maintenance & Repair Parts: Keep up with regular maintenance using genuine KTM filters, fluids/lubricants (MOTOREX products recommended), brake pads/shoes/rotors/clutch kits, etc., ensuring optimal performance throughout the life of your bike.

Aftermarket Parts for Customization

In addition to OEM accessories offered by KTM itself, numerous aftermarket companies provide parts and accessories specifically designed for the KTM 390 Adventure. Some popular aftermarket accessory options include:

- Exhaust Systems: Upgrade your motorcycle's exhaust system with high-performance options from brands like Akrapovic, Yoshimura, or LeoVince.

- Protection & Guards: Safeguard your motorcycle against damage during off-road adventures with skid plates, engine guards, radiator guards, frame sliders, etc., available from brands like SW-MOTECH or GIVI.

- Tire Options: Choose between various tire options to suit different terrains and riding styles. Popular choices include Metzeler Tourance Next tires for on-road touring or Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires for off-road use.

FAQs in Relation to the 2023 KTM 390 Adventure

What's new for KTM in 2023?

The updates are minor year to year since its 2020 debut in Europe (2021 in the states). The engine, frame, and suspension are similar in all years. The major update for 2023 are the new spoke wheels and fresh black and orange paint with graphics.  Cycle World says, "it has an  already excellent… platform”, and the new spoke wheels add to the appeal in 2023.

What is the top speed of the KTM 390 Adventure for 2023?

The top speed of the current KTM 390 Adventure (2023) is approximately around 100 mph (160 km/h). However, the actual top speed can vary depending on factors such as rider weight, wind resistance, road conditions, and altitude. For more detailed information on this model's performance specs, check out this Cycle World review.

Is the KTM 390 Adventure being discontinued after 2023?

No evidence suggests that the popular KTM 390 Adventure will be discontinued anytime soon. In fact, it remains a favorite among riders who seek versatile mid-range adventure bikes with excellent handling capabilities on both on- and off-road terrains. Therefore, it would be surprising if production were halted without a suitable replacement.

Ready to experience the thrill of the 2023 KTM 390 Adventure? Visit KTM World today to browse our selection of new and used models!