The value for money street racer by KTM now gets fresh bodywork and an all-important update, and should reach India early next year.
The KTM Duke 390 in India has been something of a revelation. The fact that it’s locally built meant that KTM and Bajaj could price the bike extremely aggressively making it highly accessible to the public. It may not be the most refined bike in the world, but the Duke 390 was the first properly fast motorcycle to give the average enthusiast a real chance to race. And with a successful few years across the globe, the new updated and redesigned KTM Duke 390 is upon us.
The major changes to the new Duke 390 are cosmetic. The new bodywork is directly inspired by its older sibling, the Super Duke. This is clearly evident from the split twin LED headlamps and the muscular integrated bodywork. The new trellis frame is dual-tone in colour. KTM orange at the front and white at the rear. A new beefy side mounted exhaust that hosts an updated catalytic converter completes the new KTM Duke 390’s aggressive and fresh outlook.
In terms of the powertrain, the single cylinder 373cc motor gets some minor updates to meet Euro 4 standards. Power output remains the same as the older bike at 44 HP and 37 Nm of torque. The updated bike is slightly heavier than its predecessor weighing 150kg dry. The new Duke 390 also gets a larger 13.4-litre fuel tank, a welcome update.
On the electronics and safety front, the new KTM Duke 390 receives ABS as standard along with a ride-by-wire throttle. The Duke also gets a slipper clutch for aggressive downshifting. Another very interesting update is a large TFT colour display that replaces the old and rather dull orange backlight instrument panel. All these updates make the Duke 390 a much more desirable motorcycle. Brakes have been improved too with a new bigger 320mm front disc that features Brembo-developed ByBre callipers. The WP suspension system has undergone an update as well, with a 41mm USD front fork and a WP rear mono shock.
The new KTM Duke 390 looks extremely aggressive and will definitely be a highly capable performance street motorcycle. Like its outgoing sister, the Duke 390 will definitely enchant its Indian customers with an attractive price tag. We expect it to be launched in India early next year. What are your thoughts on the latest orange racer?