Next generation KTM Duke 390 may reach markets in 2017

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KTM-Duke-Overhauled-1Spy Image of Upcoming KTM Duke 390: Courtesy Motorcycle News

Earlier last year, we found spy photographs of the new KTM Duke 390 motorcycle being tested in Spain along with the touring variant of the 1290 Super Duke. Now, excerpts from India’s import and export data website, Zauba.com suggest that the new facelift KTM Duke series will break cover in 2017. The data website also suggests that KTM has imported two units of the Model Year (MY) KTM Duke 390 into the country for research and development purposes.

From what we could understand from the earlier spy images, the upcoming KTM Duke 390 will receive a slew of cosmetic changes. A bolt on sub-frame is likely to replace the single piece frame that is found on the current generation motorcycles. The entire bodywork has been redesigned as the test mule displayed a new tank cover and a new side panel. The tail unit appears to come directly from the RC-series of motorcycles.

MY17 KTM Duke 390 Imported for R and DData from Zauba.com

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What remains similar is the headlight assembly which is identical to the current model. Surprisingly, the under belly cover was missing on the test mule which is bit of a surprise as the engine is directly exposed to mud and muck but we expect that the production motorcycle will receive an under belly cover.

Mechanically, as suggested by the import and export data website, the KTM Duke 390 will receive the same 374cc engine but the Austrian two wheeler major might tweak the motor to deliver slightly higher power output figures. The KTM Duke 390 made its global debut in 2012. The motorcycle will complete about five years in 2017 which seems like a long enough time for the model to get an all new version.

Source: Zauba.com via Bike Advice

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