COVID-19 of course disrupted the KTM 390 release. Theplan was for me to go to KTM HQ (Temecula, CA) for a few days and ride, but social distancing and group sizes put a stop to that.
I threw out a random suggestion...can you bring the bike to me in Phoenix AZ..."sure!"
I spent a long day out riding and photographing the bike and taking in every scenario that the buyerof this type of bike would ride it.
I loved it!
Longer version is on ADVrider
and a very short video, sadly my sound set up failed but didn't realize until it was too late...(not my choice of music, it was added later)
have a read of the article, ask a question here and I'll answer it, I'll leave the comment section over there for the inmates to debate back and forth.
I think Cake is a better place to have a conversation about the 390
In short the bike is very, very impressive, rides well, minimal vibrations, handled every situation we took them on with ease, surprising ease.
Would it be my first choice for a motorcycle?
No, I already own a rally set-up KTM 500exc for aggressive off-road, a Yamaha Super Tenere for comfortable on road stuff and very rare mild offroad.
The 390 fits in right in the middle
...but If I or you didn't already own a bike and are looking and have eyes set on: DR650, DRZ400, CR250, XR650, KLR 650, BMW310, etc. then you really need to ride this KTM, it is easier to ride, smoother and cheaper than most of them, and has a better range from the factory with over 260 miles of range.