What happens when the new generation KTM Duke 390 takes on the Yamaha R3 in a race? Many would say that it is the KTM Duke 390 which will come out as the winner. Because it delivers more power, has more torque, runs on Metzellers, and to top it all, it is lighter in weight as compared to the R3.
To get into the specifics, R3 is powered by a 321 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor which employs diASil cylinder. Mated to a 6-speed transmission, the fuel-injected motor develops a healthy 42 PS at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm at 9,000 rpm.
On the other hand, Duke 390 is powered by a 373 cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine which delivers 44 PS of power at 9,000 rpm and 37 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. This one too is mated to a 6 speed transmission and comes with fuel injection.
Speaking about weight, the Yamaha R3 has a wet weight of 169 kgs, while the Duke 390 has a wet weight of 163 kgs. On paper, the Duke 390 should be a winner if there is a race between the two. Is it? Watch the video from Vikas Rachamalla below.
Yamaha has always been known for the technological prowess. Their bikes, though expensive, have always been not only a benchmark in the same segment, but also for a segment above. R3 is essentially an R25 with a slightly bigger engine. Save for the decals that announce the identity, both bikes are visually identical. Unlike its R series brethren up and down the ladder, R3 offers a relatively relaxed riding stance which is aimed at striking a fine balance between track and road riding.
Underpinned by a diamond frame, R3 employs conventional telescopic fork upfront and a mono suspension at the rear. The 17-inch alloy wheels come with shod with 110/70-17M/C 54H (front) and 140/70-17M/C 66H (rear) tubeless MRF tyres.