Review: 2020 KTM 250 Adventure

Adventure bikes have created a fair amount of hype in our country, and this is down to the fact that a lot of enthusiasts are beginning to understand the practicality such a bike offers. And it isn’t just the high-end ADVs; there are some affordable ones too, like the Royal Enfield Himalayan, Hero Xpulse 200 and the BMW G 310 GS. Keeping a close watch on these, KTM decided to launch its 390 Adventure. But the KTM’s off-road talent hasn’t been praised by too many, despite being a good package. To make the same bike more affordable, KTM very recently introduced the 250 Adventure. Let’s hop on and take it for a ride.

Scalpel sharp

KTM bikes are exactly the same as its larger-capacity sibling in terms of its dimensions, and that means the seat height of 855mm continues to be a bit of bother for riders who are not tall. You sit comfortably on the bike, thanks to its well designed handlebar. The 250 Adventure looks very identical to the 390 Adventure, barring a few changes. It features a halogen bulb with LED DRLs, and in order to save on costs, the bike gets MRF tyres: 100/90 tyres at the front and 130/80 at the rear. And what you also get is an LCD display, but no navigation and Bluetooth connectivity. Like the 390 Adventure, the 250 too features an LED taillight, 12v charging socket, 2-step adjustable windscreen and toothed pegs.

Powering away

It produces 29.6bhp and 24Nm of torque, and the tuning of the engine is untouched. There isn’t much punch in the lower half of the rev range, but as you pick up pace, the engine does deliver. It loves to rev all the way to its redline and performs very well. It is best ridden between 4000-7000rpm, but push it harder, and that’s when you’ll feel the vibrations coming through. It is comfortable at a top speed of 100kph, but can be pushed a little more, provided you’re okay with the vibes filtering through.

However, in urban conditions, you’ll have to shift frequently, and there isn’t sufficient grunt lower in the rev range, particularly when riding off the road. And with lesser power to play with, off-roading isn’t all that troublesome. The 250 Adventure is a relatively easy bike to ride. We liked the how the 6-speed gearbox worked, and the clutch felt light.

Fun to ride?

Up-front, it features 43mm upside-down forks and a monoshock at the back. The suspension have been setup to feel stiff, which helps while cornering, keeping it glued to the tarmac. Despite its tall riding position, riding around bends won’t scare you. But ride quality seems to have taken a hit. On the braking front, it is equipped with a 320mm disc up-front and a 230mm disc at the back. And the tyres seemed to have done a swell job too.

The best KTM?

We still think the KTM Adventure twins are a bit too much for someone just starting off in the adventure biking scene. A more matured rider would be better off on one of these, but if you still can resist having one of these KTMs, you should definitely consider the 250 Adventure as it is a lot more rider-friendly. Also, it’s a lot more affordable than the 390 Adventure. Also, read the latest bike comparisons in India, only at autoX.

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