KTM surely knows how to impress their fans and enthusiastic motorcycle riders of the country alike. It’s been four years since KTM introduced the Duke series which consists of the entry level Duke 200 and the Duke 390. Since their launch, they haven’t received any big change except few cosmetic jobs which came in the form of new colour schemes. Yet, they sold like hot cakes.
Last year it was reported that the 2017 Duke 390 was caught testing in Europe first, then on Indian roads. Much later the new motorcycle was also caught undisguised at the Bajaj factory in Pune. Like we all expected, KTM unveiled the completely new 2017 Duke 390 at the EICMA motorcycle show last year, and it inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features.
The naked bike has gone through a decent amount of mechanical upgrades and surely has gone through a major overhaul regarding styling. The new Duke 390 has received its styling inspiration from the bigger and more aggressive Super Duke who happens to be the most powerful naked streetfighter.
For the first time since it came into existence, it also has received the ride by wire throttle system which makes sure that the throttle response is more crisp and accurate. There are plenty of other hardware upgrades which the Duke 390 received which comes in the form of a new 5-way adjustable clutch and brake lever, bigger disc brakes towards the front full LED headlamps and daytime running lamps and a new subframe.
Like we already mentioned above, the new Duke 390 borrows its styling inspiration from the more aggressive Super Duke. The first thing that will catch your attention on the new motorcycle is its new split LED headlamps which have made the front face look even more aggressive. The split headlight unit gets a total of 20 separate LED’s and an inverted U-shaped LED daytime running lamps.
Just behind the headlamp unit, you will also notice a completely new instrument cluster which looks rectangular in shape and slightly bigger than the existing one. The new instrument cluster is a TFT display which adapts its illumination automatically to the ambient lights. With a digital speedometer, fuel gauge and two trip meters, you also get an analogue tachometer, low fuel, oil and battery indicators and a high oil temperature indicator. Different modes for the various assistance systems can be selected using an illuminated menu switch on the left side of the handlebar. The instrument cluster can also be connected via KTM App on your mobile phone to get call notification on the screen. The TFT display can also be used to change the songs on your mobile device with the help of the controls positioned on the handlebar.
There is an all new fuel tank design which is made completely out of steel. The extended cowl will remind you of the Superduke. The new steel tank also means that now you can easily fit your magnetic tank bag on it. The powder-coated Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame is exposed to give that nakedness. Moreover, it is now a dual colour split frame with bolt on the subframe. The tail section is longer and is chiselled to expose more of the detachable subframe.
The sharp front and rear end, the split LED headlamp, the new much more aggressive tank design, new colours and graphics all adds to the aggressive nature of the motorcycle making it even sharper looking than before. The ignition key will be tank mounted, and the bike gets a newly redesigned seat, and RC styled grab rails. The bike gets a new UV resistant paint job that will keep your ride looking fresh every time.
|Make Model||2017 KTM Duke 390||Benelli TNT300||BMW G310R|
This is actually slightly disappointing that KTM has decided not to mess with the powertrain at all and thus the vehicle will continue with the same 373cc, liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine which is capable of producing about 44 bhp @ 9,000 and 36 Nm of torque @ 7,000 rpm. Yes! The powertrain now makes 1 Nm of more power. The single cylinder engine paired to a six-speed gearbox, with short ratios to make the bottom end as well as top-end performance much more thrilling. The forged piston, Nikasil-cylinder-coating, balancer shaft and forced feed lubrication all give in for that 44 barking horses.
It also gets double overhead camshaft which is constructed of high-quality materials and help provide full torque and superior acceleration while at the same time also keeps fuel consumption in check and makes it a daily good road machine.
This rev loving engine now gets the state-of-the-art tech that can make other contenders sweat in their pants. A new ride-by-wire system ensured excellent throttle response and smoother acceleration. It borrows the adjustable brake & clutch levers to suit every individual’s tastes. The motorcycle is equipped with new anti-hopping clutch/slipper clutch that prevents rear wheel stamping during sharp braking or accelerations.
There is an Evaporative Emission Control System ‘EVAP’ system that prevents fuel evaporation, a new Bosch fuel pump and a new CAN BUS system from the Moto3 WSBK with love. This engine has a contactless cranking mechanism to reduce wear and tear. A brand new side mounted exhaust unit replaces the underbelly configurations to meet Euro-lV and BS IV norms. This new exhaust sports a stainless steel underfloor pre-silencer and a rear aluminium absorption silencer that contains the catalytic converter.
|Make Model||2017 KTM Duke 390||Benelli TNT300||BMW G310R|
|Bore/ Stroke mm||89/60||65/45.2||80/62.1|
|Output||44 bhp @ 9000 rpm||39 bhp @ 11500 rpm||34bhp @ 9,500rpm|
|Torque||36 Nm @ 7000 rpm||27 Nm @ 10000 rpm||28Nm @ 7,500rpm|
|Type||single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves||In-line, 2 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 8 valves, DOHC||single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves|
|Clutch type||Wet- Multiplate with PASC antihopping clutch, mechanically operated||Wet- Multiplate||Wet- Multiplate|
The Duke 390 still has not received any upgrades regarding chassis, and thus it still uses the light steel grade frame which optimises handling and precision. The frame also uses lightweight materials in its construction which has resulted in low kerb weight. Then there is this new subframe which means that you now seat 30 mm higher than the old Duke 390.
The bike gets adjustable brake and clutch levers, giving a far more superior control for the rider and boost his accuracy levels. The pillion seat is now even more comfortable with 12 mm thicker cushion. The steel fuel tank is contoured to perfectly match the supersport style and provide the rider with a tucked in confident feel.The riding stance is also now little more forward biased which tends to put a little bit of more weight on the handlebars.
At the front, the Duke comes fitted with open cartridge adjustable 43mm inverted hydraulic telescopic forks, while at the rear, it comes with a fully adjustable hydraulic mono shock with rear aluminium swingarm, both of which are sourced from WP.
In development with Brembo, KTM has developed a powerful and excellently adjustable brake system. This means that the driver always has his Duke fully under control. The pads are now sintered and at the front, the bike gets a 320 mm disc instead of the 300 mm previously used and a 230 mm unit at the rear. The ABS is made by Bosch and is switchable. Meaty 17 tyres sport on the orange alloys.
|Make Model||2017 KTM Duke 390||Benelli TNT300||BMW G310R|
|Suspension / Front||43mm WP upside-down; 125mm travel||Inverted telescopic forks||Upside down fork 41 mm|
|Suspension / Rear||WP monoshcok; 150 mm travel||Off-Set rear monoshock||Solid die-cast aluminum swingarm, directly hinged monoshock, adjustable preload|
|Brakes / Front||320mm Disc 4-piston radial fixed calliper, Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS||296mm petal-type Dual disc with 2-piston hydraulic calliper, ABS||Single disc, diameter 300 mm, 4-piston fixed calliper, radially bolted, BMW Motorrad ABS|
|Brakes / Rear||230 mm Single-piston floating calliper, Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS||220mm hydraulic disc with ABS||Single disc, diameter 240 mm, single-piston floating calliper, BMW Motorrad ABS|
|Tyres / Front||110/70 R17||120/70 R17||110/70 R17|
|Tyres / Rear||150/60 R17||160/70 R17||150/60 R17|
The new gen Duke 390 is priced at ₹225730 (ex-showroom). That is a good ₹25000 jump from the previous model.
The bike now also gets UV resistant paint to keep the colour from fading due to exposure to the sun.The motorcycle is available with a single colour option as of now.
The biggest competitor of the upcoming Duke 390 will definitely be the Dominar 400. The soon to be launched new sports cruiser from Bajaj will also be their most powerful production motorcycle yet. The Dominar400 was showcased as a concept at the 2014 Auto expo and after almost two years the test mule of the CS400 was caught testing a number of different occasions. This new motorcycle will be powered by the existing Duke 390 powermill which produces about 43 Hp of peak power and 35 nm of torque, we are still not sure whether the same engine output will be continued in the CS400 as well. But expect the Dominar400 to get plenty of good stuff as well like grippy tyres, projector headlamps and dual channel ABS system.
The TNT300 was the entry level offering from Benelli until they introduced the TNT 250. The entry level Benelli is priced slightly higher than the Duke390. Powered by a twin cylinder, liquid cooled, 4 stroke unit which is capable of producing about 37PS of maximum power and 27Nm of maximum torque, the engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox whose initial ratios are on the taller side while the higher ones are set to shorter ones. It also is the only motorcycle in its segment to come fitted with double disc brakes towards the front. Apart from all that some other interesting hardware’s includes fatter Pirelli sticky tyres and Trellis frame.
One another serious threat that the recently launched Duke 390 will face is from the soon to be launched BMW G310R. The smallest BMW motorcycle will hit the Indian showrooms soon and will be marketed by TVS. The streetfighter from BMW will derive its power from a single cylinder 313 cc powertrain which is good for 34 PS of power and 28 Nm of torque; the engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle off course gets a dual channel ABS setup however it misses out on some other good stuff like the slipper clutch, LED headlamps and premium tyres which are available with the Duke 390.
There is no doubt in the fact that the updated 2017 Duke 390 is definitely one of the best motorcycles under the 500 cc category. The naked streetfighter definitely is also one of the best looking motorcycles of its segment as well. The naked Streetfighter not only gets a sharper styling but also gets an additional ride by wire throttle and a new exhaust system. The first in segment TFT instrument cluster is swanky and opens up a lot more user expereince for you to go through.
This Duke390 with its powerful acceleration and instant power delivery has also become a perfect motorcycle for touring because it gets a slightly bigger fuel tank and also better seats for both the rider and the pillion.
KTM is the fastest growing sports bike in India. With KTM Bajaj enjoys 50% market share in the premium segment. And KTM has a big plan of launching 500 new showrooms by the end of 2018.
Once you get your hands on either of the bikes, you get access to KTM’s customer program that will let you get a taste of some orange. KTM track days to learn some sleek tricks on your bike, attend the brand’s official Orange-cup, stunt shows, short rides and long tours.