Rating of KTM 390 Duke
Chance to win image iPhone 7 & image vouchers - T&C *

Rate the Bike

Corner rocket - an absolute hoot to ride!

I picked up the new Duke 390 a few weeks ago from Indiranagar KTM in Bangalore. Before I share my review, a bit of a background about me. I'm 35yr old, 5.11" tall & I weigh around 85kgs. I am an avid biker & this is my second bike (the first one being Triumph Daytona 675R). As with all superbike owners, I wanted to pick up a smaller motorcycle for daily usage & for the occasional touring. After trying out a whole bunch of bikes which included: Dominar 400 (obvious) & TVS 310RR. I don't count RE bikes since I dislike heavy bikes which don't have basic safety features like ABS in today's day & age. No offence RE owners - I'm just used to riding with these.
Now for the Duke 390, it won my heart for a variety of reasons:
- Equipment levels are supreme: LCD dash, programmable ABS with 3 modes, slipper-clutch, superb LED light cluster, gear position indicator etc
- Weight: I prefer lighter bikers & this weighs in around 155kgs odd. Lightest in this segment.
- Power & performance: the above point implies that when combined with a high revving engine, the power to weight ratio is off the charts.
- Agility: being a compact motorcycle, with a shorter wheelbase, it's very nimble & agile. The bike never fights you - and complies obediently to your inputs
- Brakes: this is probably the most important factor for me. The new duke has excellent brakes. Being used to ivy-league Brembos on my Daytona, the Duke 390 was an easy transition & stops very well. The initial bite is intense & the progression is fantastic. In short - confidence inspiring.
- Looks: cannot write that one of the books. I mean this looks like a scaled-down version of the SuperDuke 1290. It's absolutely gorgeous. I can't find a better-looking bike in this segment. Some would argue the 310RR looks better in Red and I don't entirely disagree. The Duke 390 just looks unique.
- Ground clearance: at 180mm this is probably one of the better ones out there compared to 157mm on the Dominar. Considering our roads, it's definately a consideration for me.

Now that's a lot of good points, moving on to the not-so-good things. I mean every bike has negatives. We just need to know which cons are we okay to live with every day.

- The bike does heat up. No taking away from the fact. The engine runs a higher compression ratio ergo will heat up when stalled in traffic. I'm okay with this because I'm used to my Daytona slow roasting my legs. The duke is still better.
- Maintenance cost: for me, it's not a con but I know for a lot of people it will be a concern. KTMs are more expensive to own when compared to say a Bajaj Dominar. Expect average service cost to be between 1200-1700.
- The display does not show navigation. Minor con for me. Would have been nice if the display could show turn-nav on the screen. I rely on the audio instructions on my sena for that. Not a deal breaker though.
- Tyres won't last long. General life is around 10k kms on the stock. I know because a lot of my friends own the same model.

Lastly, the bike makes you feel like you are a much more skilled rider than you actually are. Which gets people to push & do things which they would have not attempted on any other bike. I don't know if thats a pro (because the bike inspired confidence) or a con (because it makes you over-confident & take risks). You decide.

Other that those, I can't think of any more cons. Bike is a excellent. And I enjoy pushing it.

Bhaskar Deva
On: Jan 12, 2018 | 7589 Views

Other 390 Duke Reviews

  • for KTM 390 Duke

    Its wowsome

    Its awesome bike first i liked KTM RC 390 But Now i love Duke 390 Its fabulous...

    Mohammed Rashad
    On: Jul 18, 2019 | 3 Views
  • for KTM 390 Duke

    I love the bike

    I love the bike. The seating posture is very good and the speed limit is also good. I enjoy the ride very much and have ...

    On: Jul 11, 2019 | 119 Views
  • for KTM 390 Duke

    I love u so much

    Superb naked sport bike. 390 DUKE better than RC390...

    Priya shil
    On: Jun 29, 2019 | 25 Views
  • for KTM 390 Duke

    Just say that awesome

    Love this bike in the price range its sound is awesome I fell awesome while driving the bike...

    On: Jun 28, 2019 | 24 Views
  • for KTM 390 Duke

    Angel in my life

    Awesome pickup, eye-catching performance...to easy to lean. Love to ride..breaks are so good on any road conditions...

    Nitesh Remje
    On: Jun 12, 2019 | 55 Views

KTM 390 Duke Road Test

Users Also Viewed

Other KTM Bikes

*Ex-Showroom Price in Delhi

Top user reviews on KTM 390 Duke competitors

*Ex-showroom price in Delhi
Which is your city ?