EICMA 2016: The eagerly anticipated, India-bound 2017 KTM Duke 390 is out. As expected, the new bodywork is sharp with beak-like tank extensions and a slammed, predatory stance. Up front, there’s a new split LED headlight with LED daytime running lights that represents the face of the updated Duke family, while a full-colour TFT digital instrument cluster is said to be a first of its kind feature in the segment. At the rear, an exposed bolt-on sub frame sits below the redesigned seat and pillion, while there’s a new side-mounted exhaust system. A new form-fitting 13.4-litre steel fuel tank increases the Duke 390’s range.
The 373.2cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel injected engine is now Euro 4 complaint, but still makes 44bhp. However, putting the power to the ground is now claimed to be smoother and more controllable than before thanks to the new ride-by-wire throttle. Other mechanical highlights include a new steel trellis frame with the aforementioned, bolted on sub-frame, new 43 mm WP upside-down forks, a slipper clutch, a lightweight die-cast aluminium swing-arm, and a larger 320 mm front brake rotor gripped by a Brembo-developed By-Bre branded caliper.
The KTM Duke 390 tips the scales at 149kg (dry), while its seat height stands at 830mm. Power to weight ratio is now claimed to be the best in the 400-cc class. ABS comes as a standard feature while the brake and clutch levers are now span-adjustable. The TFT digital instrument cluster also features an optional MY RIDE multimedia interface that includes a hands-free kit and an audio player. The 2017 KTM Duke 390 will be manufactured in India at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan facilities, and exported to Europe and other markets. The motorcycle is expected to be launched in India in the first half of 2017.