2013 KTM Duke 390
The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer stepped into the Indian market a year ago with the KTM Duke 200, there was much hype surrounding this new motorcycle after all it was a naked street bike with a powerful engine and an impressive styling and lastly its orange color. Now KTM is back with another of their interesting product the KTM 390. This is the new bigger avatar of the Duke 200 and will be produced at the Bajaj Chakan facility which is situated just on the outskirts of Pune. You must be wondering why I am telling all this? and the answer to your question is that the Duke 390 has been priced very aggressively due to its large localisation to attract huge attention from the crowd.
Now let’s talk about the figures, the KTM 390 is powered by a DOHC, Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled 373.2 cc engine which generates 43bhp of maximum power at 9000rpm and an impressive 3.57kgm of maximum torque at 7000rpm. The figures will surely impress anybody. Let us know about the details of this Motorcycle and its other exciting features.
2013 KTM Duke 390
Horsepower @ RPM:43 @ 9000
Torque @ RPM:26 @ 7000
Top Speed:106 mph
0-100 time:5 sec.
When it comes to styling you will be little disappointed to see that the KTM 390 shares much of its styling features with the smaller Duke 200. The changes that you will find in the new 390 are the additional graphics on the muscular fuel tank, it also has a new White paint scheme and another striking change is the wheels which are painted in powder coated Orange color which also is the trademark color of this Austrian manufacturer brand. Beside that there are few other changes that has been done to make this new motorcycle more sporty and usable, take for instance the wide alloy handlebars which keeps the vibration away from the riders hand, beside these the new 390 Duke has the stylish looking headlamps placed inside a bold bikini fairing. As far as the beefy fuel tank is concerned it really looks stylish with the new graphics and has the capacity to hold 11Litres of fuel. The digital speedometer is still almost same as the Duke 200 and is not visible under the bright sun, though the illuminated switches are a big advantage and also looks beautiful during dark. The palm grips were an issue with the smaller Duke 200 and this palm grips on the bigger 390 are no different they are hard and painful while you are holding them with your bare hands. The seats are comfortable on this Motorcycle and thus long rides are not painful. The rear of the motorcycle looks composed with the beefy tyres and stylish rear wheel cover not tommetion the stylish rear tail lamps. The most important part of the motorcycle its engine sits firmly under in the middle of the its famous orange coated frame, the frame also gives the motorcycle a beefy and muscular look. Just like its smaller sibling Duke 200 the exhaust is hidden just under gearbox of this motorcycle also.
Overall when you look at the Duke 390 it looks bigger, meaner and much more composed machine, not to mention its bigger rear rubber enhances the overall appeal and also helps in a balanced ride. There is one added advantage in this Duke 390 and that is this motorcycle has been fitted with an ABS which is developed by none other than Bosch, Although this motorcycle has a bigger engine still the overall weight of this motorcycle is only 139 Kgs(dry) which is impressive. The overall fit and finish quality of the motorcycle is impressive.
Engine and performance
The most important part of any powerful motorcycle is that how it performs on road. This bigger Duke 390 is powered by a 373.2 cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine which generates 43bhp of impressive peak power at 9000rpm and a massive 3.57kgm of torque at 7000rpm. The engine has been mated with a 6 speed transmission with 1 down and 5up shift pattern.
When it comes to performance the Duke 390 will surely bring a smile on your face, the engine has the punch and there is enough power with the twist of the throttle to push you forward. The engine has been modified to deliver more power and torque while consuming less fuel, and this is possible with accurate valve operation both in low as well as in high speeds. This new engine does not feel at all stressed when you reach the triple figures and now comes the interesting part, the Duke 390 can reach speeds of above 160 Km per hour mark with ease. The engine is responsive and there is little vibe felt when you push the engine hard which is a big improvement over the smaller Duke.
The engine specification for the KTM Duke 390 has been provided below:
|Design||1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled|
|Performance||32 kW (43 hp)|
|Starting aid||Electric starter|
|Transmission||6 speed, claw shifted|
|Engine lubrication||Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps|
|Primary gear ratio||30:80|
|Secondary gear ratio||14:45|
Ride and handling
Coming to the ride and handling part of this Motorcycle which is once again an important feature of any sportsbike. The Duke 390 has an ultra light steel trellis chassis under its skin and this bigger motorcycle only weighs 139 Kgs without fuel. The tubeless Metzeler radial tyres are also a new addition to this motorcycle and the new set of rubbers improved the ride quality and also provides enough amount of grip which helps increase the confidence of the rider. The riding position is sporty in this new Duke 390 and the soft suspension setup of the motorcycle is also a boon especially for Indian roads, The saddle height has also been lowered in this new motorcycle which is also an added advantage. Lastly another important feature that has been added in the new Duke is ABS which also acts as an extra safety feature in the motorcycle and the rider also has the option to switch it on or off with the push of a button. The 300 mm Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper in the front and 230 mm discs with one-pot brake caliper at the rear is able to bring the 390 to a halt quite comfortably.
The Chasis details of the Duke 390 has been provided below:
|Frame||Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated|
|Fork||WP Suspension Up Side Down|
|Shock absorber||WP Monoshock|
|Suspension travel Front||150 mm|
|Suspension travel Rear||150 mm|
|Brake system Front||Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper|
|Brake system Rear||Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs|
|Brake discs||diameter Front 300 mm|
|Brake discs||diameter Rear 230 mm|
The KTM Duke 390 has been priced very aggressively at Rs. 180,000 (Ex showroom Delhi) and is available with the ABS option as standard.
The new KTM 390 Duke will take the biking concept to a whole new level here in India, The motorcycle looks out of this world and has a powerful engine and also comes with an ABS option for added safety and also is priced very aggressively. The engine is loud and gives you the adrenalin rush when you rev it hard. This motorcycle is built to give you thrill without burning a hole in your pocket.
“The 390 Duke is loud and radical not just too look at but also to ride but not over the top thus making it a proposition that can be all things to all riders be it sport riding, touring or freestyle stunt riding. And knowing how Bajaj Auto/KTM partnership has worked out before in case of the 200 Duke, the 390 too will be well within the reach of the cash-strapped Indian enthusiast”.—Zigwheels India
“The attractive 390 Duke looks all set to redefine the sporty Indian streetbike benchmark. This powerful and refined KTM comes on strong, with all bases covered, including quality and able handling. Bajaj has just announced an aggressive, introductory price of Rs 180,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi), at which the 390 undoubtedly packs a hefty punch and hits the sweet spot, as a well-rounded performance motorcycle with all the ingredients for iconic success”.—Autocar India
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