KTM Duke 390 is a naked street fighter. Owners would agree that the bike has the ability and precision to help them manoeuvre through city traffic with ease that can be comparable when a knife cuts through cake.
In addition to that, it is powered by a engine that dishes out 44 PS and 35 NM. Insane figures for a bike that weighs only 139 kgs. Now, what if you were able to reduce the weight of this bike even further? Say to 125 kgs and transform it almost completely to make it a full-on Enduro machine? Well, someone has done that.
Motoexotica India has shared images of Duke 390 which is now a full on Enduro machine. Below are some pointers about the KTM 390 Enduro –
– 12 inch travel front and 15 inch rear comepletly adjustable Showas with multilink
– 13 litres of fuel capacity with the dual gas tanks with arrangement to add an AUX tank later,
– Modified seat lets you move closer to the front wheel and stick the leg out wide
– The seat height is lowered
– Headlamps are bright and would shame some cars around
– Weight down to 125 kgs dry (with all that carbon fibre infact every panel)
– Do the maths, the power / weight is closer than you think to most production Enduro 450s
– Cost INR 3 lakhs, so total cost of the bike INR 5 lakhs (atleast 60 percent cheaper than a 450 enduro import). Also you dont need to rebuild the engine every 8000 kms.
– This motorcycle has over 80 percent CAD/CAM integration
– Every part on the bike has been thought over and over and over again and tested in the real racing scenerios
Bonus – KTM Dirt Bike modified to ride the waves
The term “riding the waves” is no more just an idiom as stunt rider and free style champion Robbie Maddison took it quite literally. The Australian daredevil surfed the ocean with his modified KTM 450 dirt bike and you can see the awesomeness in these spectacular videos.
Maddison grew up surfing his whole life and says he would have become a professional surfer had the motoring bug spared him. So he decided to combine two of his passions and approached DC Shoes for sponsorship. Since the idea sounded incredibility outrageous, DC apparently didn’t give it a second thought before signing the cheque.
During previous attempts, the rider sank the motorcycle several times and as you know, it’s always bad to mention engine and salt water in a single sentence. So, for this stunt, Maddison used a heavily modified motorcycle whose 4-stroke 450 cc engine was switched to a 2-stroke motor for the ease of serviceability on spot.
The bike has custom skiis with skegs on the lower side (to aid in steerability) fastened to the front wheel, and a paddle tyre at the rear with scoops built into the thread to enable propulsion. Despite the modifications, the stunt was incredibly difficult and Maddison almost drowned himself when he took a tumble and the bike landed on his back.
Not the kind who gets easily discouraged, the champion eventually managed to get a rhythm to do what was never done before. Kudos!