KTM 390 Duke Gen 3 ready to conquer at 3.11 lakh

KTM 390 Duke has grown in capacity by 26cc, and performance too goes up by 1.5hp and 2Nm. The cost of the motorcycle also increases by Rs 13,000.

“No clickbait, no bullshit” is the tagline with which KTM 390 Duke is launched at Rs 3,10,520 (ex-showroom, Delhi). With loads of new features, KTM decided to increase the price by Rs 13,000, which is quite reasonable. 

KTM has not promoted the KTM 390 Duke at all with teasers or promos. They have just silently launched the KTM 390 Duke, as its fan following is huge. People who know what it is will buy it. This streetfighter is for the young blood and those who want some thrill in their ride. I can say without doubt that KTM 390 Duke is the most aggressive streetfighter in India to date.

KTM 390 Duke – Design

The two side panels on the tank now enhance the streetfighter look of the KTM 390 Duke. The headlight and DRL look nice and stylish. The orange scheme on the rider seat also makes it look more appealing. The exhaust is present underbelly to let you slick out of traffic. 

Now, having said that the design may or may not appeal to everyone. That goes with all the KTMs; the design only suits the taste of some. For some, it is overdone, and for some, KTMs grow on them. The KTM 390 Duke certainly looks similar to the super dukes to attract the younger audience. Otherwise, the quality of the materials and switch gears is authentic. Furthermore, everything looks neat, clean and well put together in the KTM 390 Duke. 

KTM 390 Duke – Features

The KTM 390 Duke gets many new features that include a 5-inch TFT display. It controls all the bike’s functions, and that too with new graphics. Though it’s easy to use, it has some bugs on which KTM is working. KTM 390 Duke also offers three riding modes – Rain, Street and Track mode. Rain mode gives you a lower output, while the Street and Track mode gives you full output. The Street and Track mode of the KTM 390 Duke also gets a new feature, launch control. 

KTM is now also offering Traction control in KTM 390. The RC and adventure series and now KTM 390 Duke also equip it. The manufacturer is also offering adjustable front and rear suspension in the KTM 390 Duke. Recently, TVS launched Apache RTR 310 with this feature. The KTM 390 Duke, like the Apache RTR 310, also gets adjustable suspension at both ends for the first time. Unlike the Apache RTR 310, it is standard on the KTM 390 Duke. Some features are carried over from the previous generation model. Cornering ABS, Power Assisted Slipper Clutch, Bluetooth connectivity for calls, turn-by-turn navigation and bi-directional quick shifters.

KTM 390 Duke – Engine, Frame and Suspension

Engine 

In fact, the big news lies here: KTM upgrades the engine. The displacement increases markedly from 373cc to 399cc, which increases the bike’s performance. The power and torque go up by 2.5hp and 2Nm, i.e. the current figures are 46hp and 39 Nm. Also, the top speed is attainable in less time. Besides, the KTM 390 Duke is 4 kg lighter now.

Frame 

Moreover, the main frame is an all-new steel trellis 2-piece construction, and the subframe uses pressure die-cast aluminium. The new frame design, according to KTM, unquestionably provides rigidity and agility and enhances feedback from the chassis. 

Suspension

On the front, it gets a 43 mm WP APEX adjustable front fork with 150mm travel to keep things in check. On the rear, it uses an off-centre WP APEX Separate Piston shock absorber with 150mm travel and 60mm stroke. The rear suspension is also a 5-step clicker adjustable. Another key point is that adjustable suspension is standard on the KTM 390 Duke.

KTM 390 Duke – Tyres and Brakes

The reduction in the weight of the wheels has helped improve the handling of thre KTM 390 Duke. It uses the same 17-inch alloys but is now lightweight. The Michelin Tyres are super grippy and provide confidence to the rider. KTM 390 Duke uses a 110/70 17 on the front and 150/60 17 tyres at the rear. 

It uses a 320mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear.

KTM 390 Duke Pricing and Rivals

Considering all the updates, an increase in the price by Rs 13,000 is very reasonable. At Rs 3.11 lakh, it is quite a fair deal. Though it is more expensive than Apache RTR 310, the performance is also what you get. The RTR cannot match the performance of the KTM, though it comes with many unique features. Click the read button to read about the recently launched Apache RTR 310.

KTM 250 Duke Gen 3 launched at 2.39 lakh

KTM, along with KTM 390 Duke, has also updated the Duke 250. The Duke 250 looks very similar to the Duke 390 and is now 8 kg lighter. Duke 250 gets the same 249cc engine and produces the same power outputs as the previous generation model. The price of the KTM Duke 250 is very reasonable at Rs 2.39 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). 

What’s new in KTM Duke 250

Features

KTM Duke 250 gets new features for sharper handling. 

  1. All new trellis frame and aluminium sub-frame is used as in KTM 390, which provides enhanced feedback from the chassis. 
  2.  An aluminium banana swingarm offers a sturdy and durable platform for the rear suspension system. 
  3.  WP APEX rear shock absorbers with 150mm of travel and 60mm of stroke.
  4.  The new KTM 250 and 390 wheels are now lightweight, hence improving handling.
  5.  At the front, like the 390, it also gets a 320mm disc brake and a 240mm disc at the rear. The discs used are larger. The brakes are SUPERMOTO ABS enabled.

Ergonomics

  1. For better handling proficiency and stability, the Duke 250 is updated ergonomically, too.
  2.  New slightly longer wheelbase, new seat height and a new frame geometry. 
  3.  Adjustable seat height. Seat height can be adjusted from the standard 820mm to 800mm.
  4.  Grippy footpegs.
  5.  New LED lighting at the front and rear. Wet paint look and an all-new sculpted fuel tank with unique patterns.

Bookings for the KTM 390 are now open, and deliveries will start by mid-September.

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