Compared to the existing Duke 390, the new generation is sharper not only in looks, but also in handling, reveals a source from Bajaj Auto on the condition of anonymity.
Design of the 2017 KTM Duke 390 features a bifurcated LED headlamp (first in the segment in India), new instrument console, new fuel tank with sharper extensions emerging towards the headlight, a new rear sub frame, a revised exhaust system, new rear seat, new location for the ignition key (see image), integrated passenger grab rail, etc.
Engine is tuned to be more responsive, while features like ride-by-wire, slipper clutch will continue to be on offer with the Duke 390. It is also believed that KTM has worked on the heating problem, and the new generation Duke 390’s engine will be able to cool faster, thanks to improved heat dissipation.
The engine will be EURO4 compliant, to meet the stringent emission and noise norms laid by the European Union. These new norms are set to come into effect from 1st January 2017. This will result in new exhaust system, a full-sized exhaust unlike the under-belly exhaust like the existing one.
Engine of the new Duke 390 will be same 373 cc single cylinder liquid cooled block, which will generate same power as before, which is 44 PS while torque is increased by 2 Nm to 37 Nm. Like the existing variant, new gen 390 will continue with dual channel ABS, upside down forks in the front, rear-monoshock at the rear as standard.
In addition to the existing features, it will also get new features like riding modes, dual function forks, fully digital instrument cluster with colour screen and smartphone integration.
Price of new Duke 390 might be increased comparatively in India. By the time it is launched, new BMW G310R will be on sale in India. It will be interesting to see how these two bike perform on the sales chart.
– Priced from €5,898 (INR 4,44,457.65) in Austria.
– New trellis frame that features a bolt-on rear subframe
– Larger fuel tank of 13.4 litres (old had 11 liters)
– Side-mounted exhaust system
– Wheelbase reduced by 10 mm to 1,357 mm
– Ground clearance increased by 15 mm to 185 mm
– Seat height increased by 30 mm to 830 mm
– Dry weight increased by 10 kg to 149 kg
– Power 44 hp (same as before)
– Torque 37 Nm (2 Nm increased)
– Ride-by-wire, LED DRL, LED headlight, LED taillight
– Colour TFT instrument panel
– KTM MY RIDE for smartphone tethering
– Ride modes
– New Brembo braking system via Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS