KTM 390 Duke is the king among the equals by all means whether be the case of performance to sheer value for money. The new version of KTM 390 Duke is on our hands and is it still the undisputed king among the competitors?. Time to check what all are the new changes brought on to the new model and how it fares in all the segments.
Value for Money
Prices mentioned are the ex-showroom prices
43.5PS @ 9,000rpm
37N.m @ 7,000rpm
DUAL CHANNEL ABS
ULTRA LIGHT WHEELS
FOUR VALVE CYLINDER
TWO PART SEAT
THREE CHAMBER SILENCER
4 VALVE ENGINE
RIDE BY WIRE
TFT COLOR DISPLAY
|Low Fuel Indicator||Yes|
|Low Battery Indicator||No|
|Low Oil Indicator||Yes|
|Start Type||Electric only|
|Brakes (F)||Disc 320mm|
|Brakes (R)||Disc 230mm|
|Front Suspension||WP upside-down Ø 43mm|
|Rear Suspension||WP Monoshock|
|Length x Width x Height||1993mm*789mm*1083mm|
|Fuel Capacity||13.4 L|
|Electrical System||12 volt - DC|
|Head Lamp||LED Head Lamp|
|Engine Type||Liquid Cooled, Single Cylinder, 4-Valve, DOHC|
|Power||43.5PS @ 9,000rpm|
|Torque||37N.m @ 7,000rpm|
|Air Filter Type||Viscous Paper Filter|
|Bore x Stroke||89mm x 60mm|
|Fuel Supply||Fuel Injection|
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KTM 390 Duke TEST RIDE & REVIEW
ULTRA NAKED DUKE
The KTM 390 Duke embodies now a much more mature design which is quite different from the earlier 200 Duke and 390 Duke. The design is a lot cleaner with less number of bends and angles. This one too has an elder sibling in the form of KTM 1290 Duke and gets lots of styling inspiration from it. The front and rear features ultra aggressive LED headlamps and rear tail lamps with strictly unconventional design.
While viewing from the side, the side exhaust is the most noticeable change with entirely exposed two coloured split trellis frame brings complexity to the design. Other noteworthy bits are the engine cowl and the alloy wheel stickers. So the overall design is purely meant for hardcore Duke fans and they will surely love this. The build quality of the overall machine is top notch, premium and there are no issues whatsoever with KTM 390 Duke.
This 373cc liquid cooled, four valve, DOHC mill pumps out 43.5PS of power at 9,000rpm and also spits out 37Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. The power delivery is like a raging bull that is going to be unshackled in the lower rpms. So all novice riders out there be very careful and needs to get used to that. After the 2500rpm mark, engine smoothens out and the power surge is explosive with a thick layer of torque along with it.
The refinement is top notch with some small amount of vibrations here and there in the rev range which is not an issue at all. This is an excellent achievement as this engine pumps out lots of power and torque. The ride-by-wire throttle system offers crisp and precise response throughout the entire rev range. The gear ratios are slightly on the taller side and so low-speed riding with higher gears is not recommended. The slipper clutch is smooth and precise with a light actuation brings in extra comfort while downshifting and avoids sudden jolt of the rear section of the motorcycle. The mileage stands around 21-26km/l in cities and added 5kms/l in the highways.
FANTABULOUS SUSPENSION SYSTEM
The KTM 390 Duke uses a state of the art steel fabricated step trellis frame, which is very lightweight, rigid and offers superior strength. The front section features new 43mm upside-down WP open cartridge forks and WP monoshock with separate gas and oil chambers for enhancing cooling is used at the rear. The ride quality is still stiff but the front and rear shocks absorb road undulations and bump quite well now. The Wide tank knee recesses provide adequate and good grip for thighs. Seats offer more cushion and are wider too for both pillion and rider. Long hauls are much comfortable now.
The wheelbase is reduced now along with stiffer setup makes the front section of the motorcycle very nimble and precise which is good but bad at some times also. The Metzeler tubeless tyres do a fantabulous task of providing superior communication between tarmac and the rider. The Brakes offered on 390 Duke is from the Brembo subsidiary-Bybre with front containing the 320mm disc with four-pot brake calliper while 230mm disc brake with one-pot brake calliper at the rear. Bite and feedback from the brakes are tremendous along with the addition of switchable dual channel ABS.
Four-valve, DOHC liquid-cooled engine, switchable dual channel ABS, TFT colour display, Ride by Wire Throttle, WP suspension system, Inverted forks, Step trellis frame, LED headlights with DRL, Bybre brakes, Slipper Clutch and Metzeler Tyres are the features offered by.
KTM 390 DUKE VERDICT
With such an amazing price tag, The KTM 390 Duke competitors have no chance to get even closeby. This one outperforms in all segments handsomely and the only thing that comes against is the sharp handling traits which can be an issue for novice riders. Setting this aside KTM 390 Duke is a true champion by all means.
- Fantabulous suspension system
- Explosive performance
- Sheer value for money
- Slipper clutch
- Ride by wire throttle
- TFT color display
- Sharp handling traits
- Tough for novice riders to ride
- Very slight vibrations from engine