KTM Duke 390: Second Wave Begins…

KTM Duke 390 press launch finally took place today at a posh hotel in Pune city.

The excitement and anxiety outside the lounge was like how it is outside the notice hall when your exam results are announced. Just eagerly waiting to get a glimpse and wondering whether it has met the expectation or not.

The 390 is truly the elder sibling of the Duke 200. The bike is going down the success road; just inevitable to go anywhere else.

Is it value for money? Yes, very much.

In the Duke 200, the speed and performance were limited to a certain point. It was satisfying but suppressed beyond a particular mark.

The 390 just blasted off that suppression.

A beautiful machine is now available in India and its not just a head turner but also the tongue is gonna come out drooling.

KTM Duke 390

5 Important things you would want to know about the KTM Duke 390

  1. Price: Rs. 1.80 lacs Ex-Showroom (New Delhi) and booking commences on 26th June, 2013 at Probiking
  2. Top Speed: 160 kmph (Surely riders will find ways to get pass this mark)
  3. Economy: Expected to be around 40kmpl (Will lot depend on how you handle this rocket)
  4. Colours: The only bike which you can customize to suit yourself. Ample decalcomanias available. From KTM it comes in a colour scheme of Black, Orange and White combo.
  5. Addons: Plentiful touring and lifestyle accessories available from KTM.

Earlier I had mentioned 5 Things You’ll Love About the KTM Duke 390.

Duke 390

Traits of a KTM Duke

– Naked Minimalistic Design

– Aggressive Stance

– Highest Power in class

– Lowest Weight in class

– Agile & Maneuverable

Come on, give a reason why you wouldn’t love this beauty….

The KTM Duke 390 in Touring mode

What’s new about the KTM Duke 390?

Since the first ever news broke out of the Duke 390, there were strong speculations that the bike will have lot of similarity and rhyming components with the 200. But Mr. Amit Nandi, Vice President Bajaj Probiking cleared the air about this and presented the truth.

– The Duke 390 has 95% new components

– Taller Gearing for high speed long rides

– Low Friction Nikasil Coated cyclinder

– Forged Piston

– Two Overhead camshafts, four vales actuated by DLC (diamond link carbon) coated finger followers

– Whooping top speed of 160kmph

All-in-All, a bike for everyday purpose, a bike for touring long distance, a bike for performing daring stunts and a bike for rallies/racing. Thumbs up to KTM.

KTM Duke 390 Touring Accessories

KTM PowerParts and Accessories

Original KTM powerparts will be available to boost up this big Duke. Also with the 390, you have the option to fully convert the bike in touring mode. KTM has provided a list of accessories that will cater your touring needs. To name a few —

– Windshield

– Tank Bag

-Fuel Cap Stickers

– Tank Pad

– Bike Cover

– Front & Rear Crash Pads

– Carrier plate

– Rear Top Case

KTM Power Parts

KTM Duke 390 Target

We always say that this bike is not my type or that bike doesn’t works for me; but Bajaj has set this KTM big Duke to target riders from almost all segments. The bike is apt for those who are looking to upgrade from Mass Sport bikes, then those who are looking at alternate options to Super Premium Bikes, the all time tourers and those who wish to upgrade from the Duke 200 itself.

Frankly speaking, its really have put riders in thinking mode and you’ll surely see a lot of 390 on Indian roads.

KTM Duke 390 Technical Specifications


Type – 373.2 CC single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled

Power – 43.5 PS @ 9000 RPM

Torque – 35 NM @ 7000 RPM

Fuel Intake – Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)

Transmission – 6 Speed


Frame – Steel Trellis frame

Fork – WP Suspension – Up Side Down

Shock absorber – WP Monoshock

Brake system Front – 300 mm Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper

Brake system Rear – 230 mm Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs

Chain – 5/8 X 1/4″ (520) X-Ring

Steering head angle – 65 degrees

Wheel base – 1,367 +- 15mm

Ground clearance (unloaded) – 165 mm

Seat height (unloaded) – 800 mm

Total fuel tank capacity approx. – 10.2 litres

Weight without fuel approx. – 145 kgs

KTM Accessories
KTM Accessories


KTM Lifestyle products
KTM Lifestyle products


KTM Apparels
KTM Apparels


Rajiv Bajaj - The Man who changed the face of motorcycling in India
Rajiv Bajaj – The Man who changed the face of motorcycling in India


SuperDuke-R 1290 launch in 2013
SuperDuke-R 1290 launch in 2013


KTM PowerWear and Accessories
KTM Power Wear and Accessories


Video: Electric Motorcycle at Its Best in TT Zero | Isle of Man 2013

If you see the records on crashes and deaths at Isle of Man TT, you’ll surely agree that IOMTT is indeed the most dangerous race in the world; yet every year there are more participants and more number of biking enthusiasts lining up for some good action.

And this year 2013, has really been exciting for the non-carbon based fuel motorcycles. Mark Miller representing team MotoCzysz E1pc, rode their electric motorcycle at the top speed of 109.675 mph to grab the 1st position at the TT Zero. In kph, that comes to 176.505

I could not find the video grab of his on-board camera but here below is of John McGuinness who came in 2nd; and it is enough to give you an idea of the 1st position.

John McGuinness represents the Honda Mugen Shinden team.

Turn on the wide screen, increase the volume and get ready for some good music to the hears.

Then later ask yourself, “Do you still think electric bikes are not fast enough?” 🙂

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TT Zero is a event since 2010 in the Isle of Man TT races.The motorcycles participating in this category are powered without the use of carbon based fuels and have zero toxic/noxious emissions.

Mike Miller on his electric motorcycle at TT Zero 2013
Mike Miller on his electric motorcycle in the TT Zero 2013

5 Things You’ll Love About the KTM Duke 390

Just couple a days ago, Overdrive published the first ride impression of KTM Duke 390 on their Youtube channel. Their auto-journalist Shumi test rode the KTM Duke 390 in Austria.

India models have only minute changes in them but overall package remain the same.

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After listening to the insights,  here are 5 things I’m sure you’ll love about the big Duke.

1. The Real Power –

It was widely discussed that the Duke 200 is powerful enough to give competition to the quarter litre segment. But I think its not a correct way to classify a bike. You are either in the quarter litre segment or not. Duke 200 where its positioned, is doing fine over there. Comparing it with Ninja 250R and the CBR 250R is just not logical.

Now finally, the Duke gets the bigger engine. The one really meant for it and this is how it should be. Duke is now ready to roll with the big boys; and who knows may be even brush off with a couple.

The power specs of the bike are so impressive that without doubt KTM Duke 390, is the real pocket rocket…

2. The Sensational Colour Scheme –

There are two bikes in India that you can spot from a mile away and immediately say which one it is — The Kawasaki Ninja 250R / 300 and the KTM Duke 200. The tradition stay on with the new Duke. The new colour scheme on the chassis and the mag wheel are really striking, loud, bright and its screening with attitude. I do hope some cool power wears are also mode available in India for this beauty.

3. The ABS Toggle Switch –

If Kawasaki would have introduced ABS in Ninja 300 for India version then I’m sure it would have been a permanent setting. But KTM has heard the tourer as well as stunters plea and the ultra advance ABS in Duke 390 has been introduced with a toggle switch. Pop a wheelie when its off or ride relaxed on wet roads with the function on. Insider say the ABS in Duke 390 is more advance than the one introduced in CBR250R. I like it, would love to experience the feeling.

4. The Tall 6th Gear –

Honestly, bikers in India are more into touring than stunts. Or the right way to put this will be the number of tourers are just more than the guys who are purely into stunting. So its obvious, the touring criteria needs a little more preference on the stock machine.

The tall 6th gear comes to give you the advantage. Truly I’ll enjoy long distance rides on this naked beast. The whole new gearbox design and performance is worth an applaud.

5. The Apt Bike for Raid de Himalaya –

In 2012, the top 6 positions in the Raid de Himalaya Rally were taken by the Duke 200. The KTM team had given full support to the participants and customized their machines as per the terrain demanded. But at the end of the day, the core component will still be a 200cc mill, on an ascended level. Overall is good deal. Yes! But still that punch factor is missing.

Now with the Duke 390 ready to roll, the challenge gets the right instrument. The pace set should be faster, quicker and rapid than ever before. I like the swiftness of this bike. You can practically imagine it.