KTM surely knows how to impress their fans, and that is only 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 which consists of the entry level Duke 200 and the Duke 390 in our Country and since their launch they haven’t received any big change except few cosmetic jobs which came in the form of new colour schemes but still they sell like hot cakes.
Last year it was reported that the 2017 Duke 390 was caught testing in Europe first, later it was also caught testing on the Indian roads. Much later the new motorcycle was also caught undisguised at the Bajaj factory in Pune. Likewise, 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 although has not received any thorough mechanical update but it surely has gone through a major overhaul regarding styling. The best part is that 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.
While for the first time since it came into existence it also has received ride by wire throttle system which makes sure that the throttle response is crisper and more accurate. There are plenty of other hardware upgrades which the Duke 390 received as well 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.
Update 23.02.2017: - KTM launches the new 2017 Duke 390 in India today along with the 2017 Duke 200 and a new Duke 250. The prices and other details are updated in this article.
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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 have made the front face look even more aggressive. The split headlight unit gets a total of 6 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. 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.
What else has also changed is the new fuel tank design, the new fuel tank is made completely out of steel and the extended cowl everything 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 rest of the motorcycle, however, gets the same exposed trellis frame with a new bolted subframe, new graphics and a redesigned tail section all adds to the good looks of the motorcycle.
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 aggresive nature of the motorcycle making it even sharper looking than before.
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 Hp of peak power and 37 Nm of torque. Yes! The powertrain now makes 1 Nm of more power. The single cylinder engine paired to a six-speed gearbox. 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.
KTM has also provided a 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 power and torque available when needed. The ride by wire throttle eliminates the use of accelerator cable and makes the throttle system even more responsive and accurate. The Duke 390 which was launched in the Indian market meets the BSIV norms.
|Engine Displacement||373.2 cc|
|Type||single cylinder liquid cooled|
|Power||43.5 PS at 9,000 RPM|
|Torque (Est||37 Nm at 7,000 RPM|
|Transmission||6-speed (with Slipper Clutch)|
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. Both the rider as well pillion seats too have been widened and now get a thicker cushion for better comfort. The riding stance is also now little more forward biased which tends to put a little bit of more weight on the handlebars.
Besides that, the direct spring-loaded WP spring strut also is extremely stiff and provides remarkable traction stability. As far as 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 Duke390 uses bigger 320 mm disc brakes towards 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 as standard which could be turned off anytime.
|Suspension Front||WP Suspension Upside Down|
|Suspension Rear||WP Monoshock|
|Brakes Front||320 mm Disc|
|Brakes Rear||230 mm Disc|
The 2017 KTM Duke 390 has been priced at INR. 2, 25, 730 (ex, showroom Delhi). 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 as well.
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.