2021 KTM 250 Adventure Road Test Review – Touring Bike!

KTM recently launched the 250 Adventure in India after the 390 Adventure. The all-new KTM 250 Adventure is a bike which has features that range between the Duke 250 and the 390 Adventure. It has the hardware matching with the 390 Adventure and the engine matching with Duke! Here is our review of the new KTM 250 Adventure which will tell you all the details that you want to know about its modifications and specializations!

2021 KTM Adventure Design And Style

2021 ktm 250 adventure road test review

When viewing from a distance the 250 and the 390 Adventure look very much the same. There is a tiny model sticker in Italics reading KTM which is barely visible from a distance. KTM has given it a halogen with DRL instead of the all LED. Other than the headlamp, the indicators and the tail light feature LEDs which gives a premium to the bike. The textured plastic under the seat also gives a premium look. There are two colour options, namely orange and stealthy black with orange touch. The centre-set footpegs are at a comfortable posture. The handle bar is made up of steel. There is enough space for the rider and pillion. There are off-road foot pegs with rubber inserts to be used at rough times. The seat height is of 855 mm which is not suitable for average height. No adjustable levers as in the 390.

2021 KTM Adventure – Instrument Cluster and Switchgear:

The instrument cluster of the 250 Adventure is designed based on the 390 Adventure. It is a big, fully-digital TFT display which provides a lot of information like average speed, fuel consumption, distance to empty, tank range, ABS modes, and service reminder with basic information. It is not the same unit of 390 because it misses screen colour and connectivity features. The 250 has a 12V socket below the speedometer and a GPS mount same as the 390 Adventure. The switchgear quality is great without any complaint but the quality is lower than that of 390 Adventure.

KTM Adventure Performance

The 250 Adventure has a BS6 compliant 248.8cc motor as on Duke 250. The performance is at 29.60 BHP and 24 Nm of torque. The 250 Adventure has not much of low-end grunt but in the mid-range, it performs better and motor becomes lively towards the redline. The performance is ideal for an entry-level adventure bike. The slick-shifting 6-speed gearbox and slipper clutch are good features. The quick-shifter and traction control from the 390 are missing but without them also, there is no problem. No heating issues because of the radiator fans. The bike gave 27-30 km/l and offers up to 30-33 km/l when ridden wisely.

Riding Experience

The KTM 250 gets the Trellis frame and the WP Apex suspension from the 390 Adventure. It helps while riding over ups and downs and broken roads but you would feel a need for more perfection when you ride off-road, rocky terrains and long tours. KTM has not cornered ABS and traction control on the 250 Adventure making it less safer than 390 Adventure.

We do not feel any difference in the performance of KTM 250 and 390 both in their on and off-road mannerisms. The KTM 250 has MRF Meteors tyres while the 390 has Metzeler Tournace. Both of them have decent grip levels but Tourance is costlier.

The braking hardware is not much changed from the 390 Adventure. The only difference is that the unit of KTM 250 Adventure has organic pads but the 390 Adventure has sintered unit. The organic pads give a more progressive feel!


The very high seat, weak low-end grunt and mid-range; and unsatisfactory suspension are the lower side factors. The good road presence, feel and look of a premium bike and non-dissipation of too much heat and perfect refinement, and great dynamics are the advantages. The 250 Adventure has excellent and top-notch equipments like the LCD display, LED tail light, LED indicators, WP Apex suspension, and slipper clutch. It surely justifies the onroad price of Rs. 2,84,903.

KTM 250 Adventure Specifications

*Engine: 248.8cc, Single-Cylinder, Liquid-Cooled
*Power: 29.60 BHP @ 9000 RPM
*Torque: 24 Nm @ 7500 RPM
*Fuel Type: Petrol
*Fuel Consumption: 27-30 km/l
*Frame: Split Steel Trellis Frame
*Gearbox: 6-Speed
*Tyres: 100/90/19 (Front), 130/80/17 (Rear), MRF
*Suspension: 43 mm USD Forks (Front), Adjustable Mono-shock (Rear); WP Apex
*Brakes: 320 mm Disc (Front), 230 mm Disc (Rear); Switchable ABS


*LXWXH(mm): 2154 x 900 x 1400
*Wheelbase: 1430 mm
*Ground Clearance: 200 mm
*Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5-litres
*Seat height: 855 mm
*Kerb weight: 177 Kgs

KTM 250 Adventure Price

Rs 2,48,000 (Ex-Showroom)
Rs 2,84,903 (On Road)

Do you want a capable touring bike which can make a striking ride at times under Rs. 3 Lakhs? Then, 2021 KTM 250 Adventure is the bike for you!

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