First launched in 2013, at a mouth watering price tag of just INR 1.8 lakh, it didn’t take long for the KTM Duke 390 to start a new era of motorcycling in the country. Even three years later, the bike is far ahead of competition, be it price, quality or performance.
Overall an unbeatable package, it was a bit of a surprise when the leaked photo of new generation KTM Duke 390 first surfaced online.
Why would you want to replace a product which is anyways miles ahead of competition? Is it too early for Bajaj to ready a replacement?
The reason being, Bajaj-KTM want to offer their consumers an even better package. Not only the 2017 Duke 390 is sportier to look at, but it is also more refined and sharper than ever before. Engine is same as before – 373 cc single cylinder liquid cooled. Mated to a 6 speed gearbox, this engine delivers 44 PS and 37 Nm (2 Nm more than before).
Speaking about design changes, upfront it gets a bifurcated headlamp with LEDs, a new instrument console with more features like top speed clocker, 0-60 timer, etc. Side gets revised fuel tank design with sharp extensions emerging towards the headlamp.
Also on offer is a revised exhaust system and a new rear sub-frame. Below are the points worth knowing about the upcoming Duke 390.
Highlights of 2017 KTM Duke 390
– 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
The new KTM Duke 390 will be launched in Austria first. Post that it will be launched in Italy, Germany, and other European countries. Once the demand for Europe is met, Bajaj will start deliveries in India, which is expected to take place by April 2017. (even when 1st gen Duke 390 was launched, Bajaj had started deliveries about 3 months post launch). This helps the company gauge customer response and decide on production strategy.
KTM Duke 390 – Old vs New