|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||373cc||Manual||43PS @ 9000RPM||37NM @ 7000RPM||35kmpl|
KTM 390 Duke is a game-changer in India when it was launched in 2013 and now the brand has updated its top model in India, the completely new KTM390 Duke. The bike looks more premium now in every aspect whether it may be the design or it may be the features. For those who need an upgrade from their quarter-litre motorcycle, KTM had given the perfect motorcycle for them. Since our Indian market is a price-based one, the Austrian brand also placed it in an attractive price margin so that one can easily buy their dream machine.
The KTM 390 Duke sports a completely new design rather compared to its old generation model. The bike gets an exposed trellis frame but it is not finished in the KTM Orange this time but the brand has gone with traditional black paint. The headlamp is a sharp, Snooky and edgy with two boomerang-shaped LED strips flows on the outline of the headlamp unit that gives aggressive look from the front and there’s no any wind deflector the brand uses now to spoil the beautiful front design. The fuel tank is sharp with its elongated shrouds on both sides that extend up to the front suspensions. The fuel tank is sharper, muscular, edgy and aggressive that it is the main attractive element in the motorcycle which is continued by a split rider and pillion seat. Unlike its predecessor, the new KTM 390 Duke gets a new grab rail design which is now a split unit fitted on either side of the pillion seat. The tail lamp is a refreshed twin vertical strips replacing the slim and wide horizontal lamp on the old generation vehicle.
The 390 Duke gets a fully orange paint job on the fuel tank and the bolt-on subframe features an Orange paint treatment that visually looks great. The sharper engine guard has been replaced with a skid plate inspired unit that protects the sump at the bottom. The fully digital TFT instrument console is completely new and displays a host of indications that every rider needs. The rectangular console features Bluetooth connectivity which helps in connecting the mobile with the bike so that rider can check the navigation, control the music in the instrument cluster, and get a call notification too. The basic details like a digital dial revolution counter rise at the left and the rest of the basic instructions and details are displayed on the right side of the console.
The pocket monster from the Austrian brand comes with disc braking on both ends with the front disc of 320mm dia operated by a double-piston floating calliper and the 230mm dia of the rear disc is operated by a single-piston floating calliper. KTM 390 Duke is equipped dual-channel ABS as standard and the bike now gets a new feature apart from the ABS on and off which is one can select an option to cut off the function of ABS for only the rear wheel which is named as Super Moto mode and can be selected from the switchgear buttons on the left side of the handlebar.
The KTM 390 Duke is powered by a 373.3cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that makes 43.5BHP of power at 9000rpm and a peak torque of 37Nm at 7000rpm. The power from the engine is transferred through a wet multi-plate clutch that feels very light in its operation to a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox. The single-piece long trellis frame on the old generation 390 Duke has been replaced with a new bolt-on subframe setup which offers great stability at the straights and at the corners. The new powerplant is tuned to produce high performance and torque in the lower rev range and balanced torque with high performance at the mid-range power which helps much in the city road conditions and stretched out highway rides.
The KTM 390 Duke delivers 34kmpl of mileage on an average basis taken from both the city rides and highway stretches. The muscular and aggressively designed fuel tank holds 13.4litres of fuel which gives out a range of 460km on a full tank of fuel.
The all-new 390 Duke comes equipped with a fatty 43mm Upside Down telescopic front forks and the rear is equipped with a monoshock suspension. Both the suspension works great in the city traffic and in highway tours that tackles all the bumps and potholes easily. The reshaped and cushioned seat offers great comfort on the city roads as well as on the highways. The upright riding position with the rear set footpegs offers great handling to run in the bumper to bumper traffic ways.
The 2017 Duke 390 is the most up to date KTM on sale in India. In terms of performance, hardware, technology and the sheer biking it delivers for the price, it’s a really tough act for any bike maker to follow. For the 2017 version, the Duke 390 is about INR 30,000 more expensive than the model it replaces. Sure, it was always an addictive hoot to ride, but is it really worth that much extra money? We rode it around Bajaj’s Chakan test track with a silly grin glued across our faces. Here’s why the Duke 390 is an even crazier riot in its new avatar.
Here’s our video review of the 2017 KTM 390 Duke