It has emerged that KTM India might have silently recalled some of the 390 Duke motorcycles it has sold in the country. A Team-BHP forum member, who is incidentally among the first few owners of the KTM 390 Duke in Bangalore, was recently told that a parts replacement exercise needs to be carried out on his bike. This notification came to him from a local KTM dealership.
During this exercise, which would take 2-3 hours to be carried out, certain parts of fan assembly and rotor would be replaced free of cost by the dealership. This “fan assembly” is actually the cooling fan that works in tandem with the liquid cooling of the 390 Duke’s 373 cc single cylinder engine. The concerned “rotor parts” could be certain components of the disc brake assembly.
It may be noted that the 390 Duke has been subjected to some criticism for its engine heating up quite easily in heavy traffic conditions, a phenomenon that has been mostly seen only on higher capacity, liquid cooled motorcycles. Hence, it is possible that Bajaj-KTM has come up with some remedy for this issue.
However, Bajaj-KTM hasn’t yet issued any official notice regarding a voluntarily recall drive for the new KTM 390 Duke and it remains to be seen if more KTM 390 Duke owners would be notified by the dealerships about this parts replacement exercise.
The new KTM 390 Duke seems to have taken the Indian performance bike scene by storm and has quickly managed to climb up to the top of wish lists of many biking aficionados out there. With 43 bhp of peak power, the 390 Duke has to be the the most powerful made-in-India motorcycle on sale today. The 390 Duke is being built at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan facility and has an on-road price of approx INR 2 lakhs in Pune.