KTM launches Duke 390 in India

India’s most awaited bike, KTM Duke 390, which with its capabilities is going to shatter the dreams of other motorcycle makers in this segment, was launched few days back.

The bike was previously speculated by grapevines to bear a price tag as high as 2.4lakh, but KTM-Bajaj proved them wrong by launched the bike with a price tag of just Rs. 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom), which brings good value for money considering the kind of power it offers. It is worth noting that the current price tag is an introductory price, and as we witnessed with Duke 200, the price tag of 390 is also expected to increase in a few weeks, if not months.

Duke 390 is powered by a 373.2cc engine which produces 44PS of power. The engine is meshed with a 6-speed gearbox, and unlike the Duke 200 which has short gearing ratio, the 6th gear on the Duke 390 is relatively tall which makes traveling on highway at high speed a relaxed affair. In comparison to Duke 200, the 390 looks strikingly similar, but KTM has indeed incorporated many changes, like the engine itself which is completely different and new. The power mill shares only 10% similarity with the Duke 200’s counterpart.

Apart from the engine, the most noticeable visual change is the orange color trellis frame, and new graphics. The new Duke 390 also uses Metzeler tyres which gives exceptional performance in dry as well as wet conditions. The 390 comes with the same 10.2 liter tank that the younger sibling is laden with, which may be bad for people who are planning to tour on this bike as bigger engine translates to lowered fuel efficiency, which in turn translates to more fueling breaks, which is bad in places where you don’t find a fueling station for hundreds of kilometers.

A two wheeler is inherently an unstable machine, and braking is where most of the riders go wrong which sometimes leads to catastrophic consequences. We have had Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) around for quite a long time and yes, Duke 390 incorporates ABS system from Bosch. Also, it is available in the standard model and not as an option. For those who are into stunting, fear not because you can switch off the ABS by a click of button, much like the RTR 180. ABS isn’t a revolutionary feature and bikes such as Honda CBR 250R and Apache RTR 180 have been offering the system as an option for few years, and it adds a good 10 to 20k premium to the existing price tag, but in case of KTM, they aren’t charging anything extra for the safety feature, which is a good gesture and increases the value of the already excellent package.

Below is the official specifications of the new 2013 KTM Duke 390:

 

ENGINE

Type

373.2 CC single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled

Power

43.5PS @ 9000 RPM

Torque

35 NM @ 7000 RPM

Fuel Intake

Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)

Transmission

6 speed

CHASSIS

Frame

Steel Trellis frame

Fork

WP Suspension Up Side Down 150 mm travel

Shock absorber

WP Monoshock 150 m travel

Brake system Front

300 mm Disc brake with four-pot brake calliper

Brake system Rear

230mm Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs

Chain

5/8 x 1/4″ (520) X-Ring

Steering head angle

65°

Wheel base

1,367±15 mm

Ground clearance (unloaded)

165 mm

Seat height (unloaded)

800 mm

Total fuel tank capacity approx

10.2 litres

Weight without fuel approx.

145 kg

 

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