No bells, no whistles.
A year ago, KTM quietly unveiled a new entry-level adventurer to its Asian lineup, the 250 Adventure. At the time, the 390 Adventure was the star of the show at EICMA and the 250 stood in the shadow and almost eluded the attention of the local media.
The 250’s trail had since gone cold until test mules started showing up on the road which sparked rumors that it would soon become available in India. KTM finally put the rumors to rest by updating its India website to include the new 250 Adventure to its 2021 lineup.
Once again, without any bells and whistles, the 250 Adventure showed up online. There was no big announcement or event to highlight the arrival of the new family member—just a new page on the corporate website.
As we already suspected, the 250 runs on a 249cc (248.8 to be specific) single-cylinder mill rated at 30 horsepower and 18 lb-ft of torque. We also already knew that the model would use the same underpinnings as the 390—everything from the design to the chassis is common to the two small adventurers. The frame is topped with a 3.8-gallon fuel tank and fuel economy is rated at roughly 76 mpg which should result in a respectable 290-mile range or so.
The 250 drops some of the refinements found on the 390 such as ride-by-wire and traction control. Support is provided by a 43-mm WP Apex inverted fork at the front and a WP Apex monoshock at the back. The 19 and 17-inch wheels are equipped with a 320mm disc with a four-piston caliper at the front and a 230mm disc with a single-piston caliper at the back. The 250 weighs in at a tiny 344 pounds.
Pricing isn’t displayed on the KTM India website, however, when the local media hinted at an impending launch a few weeks ago, pricing was expected to hover around the $3,100 mark.
At the moment, the bike is only available in a select few Asian markets, but what about Europe and the U.S.? Europe is a well-known market for small bikes and KTM seems to see potential in North America as well as it recently introduced the 200 Duke stateside. On the Old Continent, the smallest Team Orange offering at the moment is the 125 (Duke and RC). With those factors in mind, it wouldn’t be a big stretch to eventually send the 250 Adventure Westward.