December 16, 2015: KTM Duke 390 is the second offering from the renowned Austrian Motorcycle manufacturer. The bike shares its design with its younger sibling KTM Duke 200 and also feature a switchable Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Few months back, the company silently released the upgraded version of Duke 390 which includes a slipper clutch along with RC-inspired handlebar grip. It is available in three colors namely: Orange, White and Black. The bike is priced at Rs. 1.95 lac (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).
|On Road||` 2,16,117|
|KTM Duke 390 ABS||Manual||Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Liquid Cooled||30 Kmpl||43 bhp @ 9000 rpm|
The pros: Aggressive looks, well cushioned seats, good ergonomics, an incredible power-to-weight ratio, quick acceleration, braking and handling is quite impressive. The cons: Hard clutch operation, the bike heats up pretty soon, comfortable for pillion. The crux: This bike has brutal looks and agile nature of a typical street bike, but it’s neither a commuter nor a tourer it’s a true blue street bike.Austria, a landlocked European country, known as 12th most stable economy in the world, and significant one in world history because of the World War era event. But these ... [ Read More ]
KTM Duke range marked its presence few years back and recorded respectable sales figures in the country’s two-wheeler market. After receiving a lot of admiration for KTM Duke 200, the company decided to introduce elder sibling of Duke 200. Named as KTM Duke 390, it is a naked street bike and the second model in the company’s portfolio. The bike is powered by 373.2cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke engine that comes mated to 6-speed transmission system and uses wet multiplate clutch setup.
Built on a naked bike concept, Duke 390 resembles with its younger mate Duke 200 in terms of design. The front profile of the machine comes with an oval shaped headlight along with a pointed clear lens turn blinkers that are embedded on the front cowl. It has a sporty split seat that enhance the overall aesthetics of the machine. Coming to the rear, it has a small triangular tail lamp unit that adds some more shine to the visuals.
The machine is bolted on a tubular steel frame and rides on tubeless tyres that are fitted over stylish alloy wheels. It has also been provided with a switchable Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) that ensures the safe and smooth ride.
Needless to say, KTM Duke 390 is well-known for its keen and aggressive style that suits well to its naked personality. The beast majorly shares the design with its younger sibling, Duke 200. At the front, the bike gets a keen headlamp unit along with a positioning light fitted on the cowl. The black colored twin rear view mirrors are mounted on its handlebar. The front upside down forks along with the trimmed fender add a lot of character into the bike’s DNA. It has a highly raised fuel tank that look great with the elegant tank scoops and offer a good riding stance to the rider. It has been equipped with a sporty split step-up seat that enhances its appearance and provide a high-end comfort level to the rider as well as the rear. Talking about the rear, It features a small triangular tail lamp unit and clear lens turn indicators just below it. The instrument cluster of the bike is fully digital and easy to read that displays the information about digital speedometer, tachometer, twin tripmeter and fuel gauge.
Constructed on a powder-coated, steel made tubular space frame, the bike has overall body dimensions of 2002 mm in length, 873 mm in width and 1274 mm in height that gives it an indispensable appearance on the streets. A minimum ground clearance of 170 mm ensures premium stability while cornering whereas a 1367±15 mm wheelbase promises an agile handling. Furthermore, it has been aided with a fuel tank of 11 liters capacity. Its total kerb weight is 158 kgs.
KTM Duke 390 is technically a 373.2cc naked street bike that is built with a single cylinder, 4-stroke,liquid-cooled. The powerful mill is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox and uses a wet multiplate clutch assembly to transmits the power to the rear wheel. The engine is tuned to develop 43 bhp of power at 9500 rpm along with 35 Nm of torque at 7250 rpm. The fuel injected mill has a bore x stroke ratio of 89 mm x 60 mm. The total kerb weight of the bike is 158 kgs thus it provide an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 271.76 bhp per tonne. With this hardware configuration, the beast can sprint 0-100 in just 5.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 169 kmph.
Duke 390 is equipped with sticky 110/70 R17 front and 150/60 R17 rear tubeless tyres that have a good adhesion property and provide a rigid safety on all terrains. These fat tubeless tyres are further fitted over 17-inch elegant alloy wheels. The braking of the bike is quite efficient that brings the machine to a halt smoothly with precision. The bike employs 300mm disc brake with a four-piston caliper at the front and 230mm disc brake with a one-piston caliper at the rear that provided an uncompromised stopping power. The braking system becomes more effective as it loaded with a switchable Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). The suspension system of the machine is consists of 43 mm WP upside-down telescopic fork at the front and WP mono shock absorber at the rear that provide an optimum comfort level to the rider as well as the pillion.
The powerful 12V-60/55W headlight brightens up the road well and gives proper visibility at nights even in low rpm condition. The maintenance free battery reduces maintenance costs and proves pocket-friendly. Furthermore, it has been provided with a switchable Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) that ensures the smooth and safe ride.
Powerful and Butter-Smooth Engine
Aggressive Body Styling
Engine vibrations at higher speeds
A bit pricier than its competitors
Duke 390 features a brand-new design with a Nikasil-coated cylinder with forged pistons and a new head crank-case, among many more other new organs. This gives the single-cylinder, 373.2cc, liquid-cooled engine a healthy output of 43bhp @9500rpm and 35Nm @7500rpm, which further results in an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 296bhp per tonne. A real quick one, this.As far as performance is concerned, the ...