KTM 390 DUKE

KTM 390 Duke

INTRODUCTION

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.

Ratings

  • 95%

    Performance

  • 100%

    Features

  • 90%

    Handling

  • 95%

    Comfort

  • 95%

    Build Quality

  • 95%

    Styling

  • 100%

    Value for Money

  • 96%

    Total

Price

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Prices mentioned are the ex-showroom prices

GALLERY

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

373.2cc

MILEAGE

23-28km/l

POWER

43.5PS @ 9,000rpm

TORQUE

37N.m @ 7,000rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

FUEL INJECTION

TANK CAPACITY

13.4 liters

REAR SUSPENSION

WP MONOSHOCK

KERB WEIGHT

149Kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1

BREMBO BRAKES

2

DUAL CHANNEL ABS

3

ULTRA LIGHT WHEELS

4

FOUR VALVE CYLINDER

5

UPRIGHT HANDLEBARS

6

TWO PART SEAT

7

THREE CHAMBER SILENCER

8

4 VALVE ENGINE

9

RIDE BY WIRE

10

LED HEADLIGHT

11

SLIPPER CLUTCH

12

TFT COLOR DISPLAY

Full Specifications

City 23-28km/l
Highway 25-30km/l
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Digital
Tripmeter Digital
Fuel Guage Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Yes
Low Battery Indicator No
Low Oil Indicator Yes
Start Type Electric only
Kill Switch Yes
Clock Yes
Pass Light Yes
ABS Dual channel
Stand Alarm Yes
Tyres (F) 110/70x17
Tyres (R) 150/60x17
Brakes (F) Disc 320mm
Brakes (R) Disc 230mm
Type Trellis Frame
Front Suspension WP upside-down Ø 43mm
Rear Suspension WP Monoshock
Wheelbase 1,357mm
Ground Clearance 185mm
Length x Width x Height 1993mm*789mm*1083mm
Kerb Weight 149kg
Fuel Capacity 13.4 L
Electrical System 12 volt - DC
Battery 12V
Head Lamp LED Head Lamp
Engine Type Liquid Cooled, Single Cylinder, 4-Valve, DOHC
Displacement 373.2cc
Power 43.5PS @ 9,000rpm
Torque 37N.m @ 7,000rpm
Air Filter Type Viscous Paper Filter
Bore x Stroke 89mm x 60mm
Compression Ratio 10:01
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.

EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCE

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.

FEATURE STUFFED

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.

PROS

  • Fantabulous suspension system
  • Explosive performance
  • Sheer value for money
  • Slipper clutch
  • Ride by wire throttle
  • TFT color display

CONS

  • Sharp handling traits
  • Tough for novice riders to ride
  • Very slight vibrations from engine

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