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.
5 Important things you would want to know about the KTM Duke 390
- Price: Rs. 1.80 lacs Ex-Showroom (New Delhi) and booking commences on 26th June, 2013 at Probiking
- Top Speed: 160 kmph (Surely riders will find ways to get pass this mark)
- Economy: Expected to be around 40kmpl (Will lot depend on how you handle this rocket)
- 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.
- Addons: Plentiful touring and lifestyle accessories available from KTM.
Earlier I had mentioned 5 Things You’ll Love About the KTM 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….
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 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 —
– Tank Bag
-Fuel Cap Stickers
– Tank Pad
– Bike Cover
– Front & Rear Crash Pads
– Carrier plate
– Rear Top Case
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