2017 KTM Duke 390 adorns an upgraded exterior and revised engine alongside ride-by-wire throttle, new TFT display, better seats and full LED headlamp
The Austrian bike-maker debuted the new KTM Duke 390 at the 2016 EICMA in Milan and it looked absolutely alien-ish. Carrying that momentum, the 2017 version of the sporty naked bike was launched in February 2017 in India in all its glory. It has a menacing appeal underlined by the design language of international standards.
The company has made quite strong impression in the Indian market with its performance oriented bikes by selling over 1,00,000 units so far and claims 80 percent market share in the premium segment with sales of 37,000 examples last fiscal. KTM offers some exciting products in the country and with localised production at Bajaj’s Chakan plant they come affordable and the MY2017 Duke 390 is no different to that philosophy.
The new Duke 390 was spied testing on Indian roads many times and as expected it comes with significant design updates and powertrain changes. Currently, customers are more and more opting toward exciting products rather just commuter models as new-age buyers are looking for aggressive and premium bikes and KTM stands as their priority option with its inspiring success in the market.
The all-new Duke 390 is expecting to repeat its predecessor’s feat of becoming the most popular affordable performance bike for under Rs. 2.5 lakh. It takes on some faired rivals along with Benelli TNT 302 and the upcoming BMW G310R as the naked streetfighter segment is getting fiercely competent than ever before. With such products in the fray, it is going to be a spectacular battle between these performance oriented bikes.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2017 KTM Duke 390:
2017 KTM Duke 390 India Launch and Price
The 2017 KTM Duke carries a price of Rs 2.25 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is produced at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant near Pune.
The all-new KTM Duke 390 is priced nearly Rs. 30,000 more than its predecessor as it comes with loads of new techs like slipper clutch and ride-by-wire technology.
2017 KTM Duke 390 Engine, Transmission and Mileage
The new KTM Duke 390 takes power from the same 373cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. The engine in the outgoing model is mated to a 6-speed transmission, and churns out 44 PS of peak power at 9,000 rpm and 35 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The new 390, however, produces same power but with 2 Nm increased torque output. Fuel economy for this model will be around 26 kmpl. We don’t get three different riding modes – Track, City and Sport – though as in international-spec version. The engine is said to be tuned for better refinement and immediate power and torque delivery – something which the KTMs are already known for.
2017 KTM Duke 390 Brake and Suspension
For suspension duty, the KTM Duke 390 gets WP upside down forks at front with 150 mm travel, and WP monoshock absorber at rear with 150 mm travel as well. On the braking front, it comes equipped with disc brake for both the wheels combined with Bosch dual-channel ABS. The bike runs on 17-inch alloy wheels, with the front wheel equipped with a 320 mm disc and rear wheel sporting a 230 mm disc. The fuel tank is now bigger at 13.4 litres.
2017 KTM Duke 390 Exterior and Dimension
The Austrian street fighter has taken design inspiration from its bigger sibling Super Duke 1290. It incorporates a sharper and more aggressive styling, through the large bifurcated LED headlamps, LED turn indicators, a naked Trellis frame and muscular fuel tank as well. The fuel tank looks much sculpted, and it is clearly influenced by Super Duke.
The bike gets backlit switch gears and sports better quality material also. The fully digital instrument console enhances the bike’s appeal further, and it gets Bluetooth smartphone integration. Seating position gets improved, while exhaust system have been revised and tail section looks sharper as well. KTM claims that, NVH level of the new Duke 390 have been improved and the heating issue has been taken care of.
The fuel tank is reworked and tank extensions are now overlapping with the upside down forks. The key slot has been moved from the instrument cluster to the front of fuel tank. The pillion grab rail has also been moved to the front and integrated to the fairing just behind the rider’s seat. Other features are a full-size exhaust in place of funky underbelly exhaust and most importantly ride-by-wire throttle, full TFT dashboard, MY RIDE multimedia interface and standard ABS system.
The all-new 2017 KTM Duke 390 takes on rivals like Kawasaki Z250, Benelli TNT 302 and the upcoming BMW G310R. It also targets touring market while acting as an alternate for premium bikes and upgrade from mass market motorcycles.