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

ENGINE

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

CHASSIS

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

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Launched: What is my first impression on seeing the motorcycle!

The first photo of Kawasaki Ninja 300 was already on the web in the last quarter of 2012. Since then media was just speculating that the launch is just around the corner.

Finally on April 10th, 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 was launched in Pune, India.

Ninja 300

I reached the press conference 10 mins late, but just before the bike was unveiled by the Bajaj bosses I entered and found a seat.

With a nail biting visuals in my head I was just counting the seconds in which the curtain was ready to go up. And what a grand machine took stance in front of me and the other journalists. Seeing something in person always gives the best feeling.

The Ninja 300 is really the true upgrade of the Ninaj 250R. The bike has some pretty good new features and all the outdated stuff like the analogue console have been replace with the modern parts that match with today’s style and dynamism.

A detailed log of the press launch of Ninja 300 my colleague has posted in MyBikeMyWorld.com (Do visit there)

If you ask me, divide the motorcycle in two. Cut it from the centre and then compare with the Ninja 250R.

Majority of the upgrades are all in the front side while the rear pretty much looks the same. Although minor carving are present at the rear side but not vivid enough to mention.

The front headlight face looks very similar to the Ninja 650. In fact this one looks like a leaner younger brother of the mid-weight bike from Kawasaki (Ninja 650).

The beauty of the Ninja lies in its reliability. It is a very good looking bike and makes a star out of you.

Now the only thing that bugs me is the whooping price tag on it. As Indian I would really like to think this way, that if I can mange a little over a lac rupees then why should I not go for the Ninja 650 itself. I know they should not be compared but at the end of the day, price is something we all are going to evidently make our decision on.

Despite having sporty elements and a beautiful super sport style appearance, down the line all roads are the same for these high end machine and price will always be a deciding factor when more than one product is present in that segment.

Ninja ruled till now and still will with the Ninja 300; but now expect tough competition from other brands who have stepped on the throttle to reach the number one spot.

I give a thumbs up to the bike. If I ignore the price tag then Ninja 300 has everything that what expects in a quarter litre segment.

Soon will put up the Kawasaki Ninja 300 review on Wanderlustbiker.com

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Technical Specifications

Engine Type:
Liquid cooled, 4- stroke Parallel Twin

Displacement – 296 cm3

Bore and Stroke – 62.0 X 49.0 mm

Compression ratio:
10.6:1

Valve system – DOHC, 8 Valves

Fuel System: Fuel Injection Φ32mm x 2 (keihin) with dual throttle valves.

Ignition:
Digital

Starting: Electric

Lubrication: Electic

Lubrication:
Forced Lubrication, Wet sump

Transmission: 6 Speed return

Maximum Power – 29.0 KW {39PS}/11,000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 27 N.m {2.8 kgf.m} / 10.000rpm

Frame Tyres and Brakes


Type:
Tube diamond, steel

Wheel travel:
Front: 120mm

Rear:
132mm

Tyre:
Front 110/70 – 17M/C 54S

Rear:
140 /70 -17 M/C 66S

Brake Front: 
Type: Single 290mm petal Disc

Caliper Single Balanced actuation dual
–piston

Brake Rear:
Type: single 220 mm Petal disc

Caliper:
Dual –piston

Dimensions


Overall length:
2,015 mm

Overall width:
715 mm

Overall height:
1,11omm

Wheelbase:
1,405 mm

Ground clearance: 140 mm

Seat height:
785mm

Curb Mass:
172 kg

Fuel Capacity:
17 litres