KTM surely knows how to impress their fans and that is the reason why their products are targeted towards enthusiastic motorcycle riders of the country. It’s been four years since KTM introduced the Duke series in our Country and since then they haven’t actually received any major change except few cosmetic updates which came in the form of a new colour schemes.
Recently it was reported that the 2017 Duke 390 was caught testing in Europe first later it was also caught testing on the Indian road and was also caught undisguised at the Bajaj factory in Pune. Likewise we all expected KTM actually unveiled the completely new and updated 2017 Duke 390 at the EICMA motorcycle show recently and it surely attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new shaper styling and features.
The naked motorcycle although has not received any thorough mechanical updates but it surely has gone through a major overhaul in terms of styling. The best part is that the new Duke 390 has received its styling inspiration from the bigger and more aggressive Super Duke. While for the first time ever it also has received different driving modes as well which can be adjusted through a Menu switch on the left side of the handlebar.
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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 definitely has made the front face look even more aggressive. Just behind the headlamp you will also notice slightly restyled instrument cluster as well which looks rectangular in shape and slightly bigger than the existing one, you can expect this new instrument cluster to also provide more information than before. What else also has changed is the fuel tank design, the new fuel tank is made completely out of steel and the extended cowl everything will remind you of the Superduke R. The exposed trellis frame new graphics and a redesigned tail section all adds to the good looks of the motorcycle.
Although this motorcycle lies in the below 500 cc segment but this is definitely one of the most aggressive looking motorcycles which does not look like a small motorcycle at all. The aggressive 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.
This is actually slightly disappointing that KTM has decided not to mess with the powertrain at all and thus the motorcycle will continue with the same 373cc, liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine which is capable of producing about 44 Hp of peak power and 37 Nm of torque. The single cylinder engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. It also gets double overhead camshaft which are actually 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 usable road machine.
Since its launch KTM has also provided a completely new exhaust system as well with the updated Duke 390. The side mounted exhaust pipe is connected directly to the engine and helps the new Duke 390 to meet the latest Euro IV emissions and also noise restrictions. What else is also new is the ride by wire system which makes sure that there is enough torque available when needed. Now the rider can actually choose various riding modes to get the most out of their Duke.
The Duke 390 still has not received any upgrades in terms of 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 actually has resulted in low kerb weight. Besides that the direct spring-loaded WP spring strut also is extremely stiff and provides impressive traction stability. As faras the suspension setup is concerned the updated Duke 390 uses the same upside down WP setup towards the front and monoshock setup towards the rear.
The new Duke390 uses bigger 320 mm disc brakes at the front and 240 mm brakes at the rear for stopping. For the safety of the rider KTM has also provided a state-of-the-art Bosch 2-channel ABS setup which can be turned off anytime.
The pricing of the 2017 Duke390 starts from 5 898.00 EUR while the Indian variant prices are not out yet.
The biggest competitor of the upcoming Duke 390 will definitely be the Pulsar CS400. The soon to be launched new sports cruiser from Bajaj will also be their most powerful production motorcycle yet. The CS400 was showcased as a concept at the 2014 Auto expo and after almost two years the test mule of the CS400 was caught testing 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 CS400 to get plenty of good stuffs as well like grippy tyres, projector headlamps and duel 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.
The odd one in the group is definitely the Classic 350 because unlike the Benellii or the Duke this is actually a Cruiser. Powered by a 346 cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine this motorcycle is capable of producing aboutr 19.8 Bhp of peak power and 28 Nm o9f torque which by the way is way lesser compared to the other three motorcycles. However the Classic styling and the comfortable ride quality is what makes this Cruiser unique.
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 streetfigher definitely is also one of the best looking motorcycles of its segment as well. The Streetfigher not only gets a sharper styling but also gets an additional ride by wire throttle and a new exhaust system as well.
This now has become a perfect motorcycle for touring because the Duke 390 gets a slightly bigger fuel tank and also better seats for both the rider and the pillion.
We will definitely update you with more details as soon the motorcycle is launched in the Indian market.