The new generation KTM Duke 390 made its global debut at the 2016 EICMA show last year. A few weeks back, it was launched in India at a starting price of INR 2.25 lakh, ex-showroom.
At the time of launch, KTM India had stated that the Duke 390 will only be offered in Orange colour option, and the white colour KTM Duke 390 will not be sold in India. This was probably done so as to give the flagship some ‘Orange’ advantage in the eyes of their buyers.
But, within a few days, a dealer in Mumbai was selling white colour variant of KTM Duke 390. How was this happening as white colour was not supposed to be on sale in India? When we contacted KTM India for clarification, they told Rushlane that this was because the company had decided to launch the white colour option as a limited edition.
Some readers had questioned this decision of the company. Why would you abruptly decide to launch a variant which you had clearly stated was not meant for India. Well, the readers are right. The company had not decided to launch the white colour variant, but it happened by mistake.
Our sources tell us that the white colour Duke 390 was launched in India because of a goof-up in dispatch from the manufacturing plant. By mistake, export-spec white coloured new Duke 390s were loaded in a trailer which was meant to be distributed among dealers in India. And thus, some lucky customers in India own export-spec variants of the new Duke 390.
Sharper and more responsive than before, the new KTM Duke 390’s engine delivers more torque than before (37 Nm). In addition to that, it also gets a completely new exhaust system to meet BSIV norms in India and EUROIV norms in Europe.
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Apart from a new exhaust system, other changes include, a revised headlamp cluster with LED lights, LED side indicators, LED tail light, larger fuel tank, extensions on the tank, new digital instrument cluster, new exhaust system, and more efficient brakes. What will be carried forward from current Duke’s – upside down forks in the front, monoshock at the rear.
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Below are the highlights of the new generation Duke 390.
– 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