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  • MG
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    Thread Closed

    Please continue the discussion in this thread
    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/news/265...tml#post962699

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  • splus
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    Originally posted by Cyrus_the_virus View Post
    There you go: 0-100 in ~6secs

    Duke 390 Acceleration 0-100 - YouTube


    I just timed him and it's:
    0-100 in approx 5 and half secs.
    0-140 in approx 14secs.

    I just hope it's the same gearing in India. Come to think about it, Bajaj hasn't claimed changing anything for export markets except to match with A1 license regulations and also they manufacture it here, so we'll be getting exactly what is in the video.
    Yeah, that's an old video from the launch in Austria. It's just a tad over 5 sec actually, but with a bad gear shifting at around 80 kmh. With proper shifting it would be 5 sec.
    0-140 kmh wasn't really racing in this video, the rider went through a village and the road curved so he wasn't really pushing it. It should be much less.
    BUT, the initial specifications said 44 hp (even on KTM's international webiste), and the new ones from the launch the other day say 43 hp. Looks like they detuned it a bit in the meantime... We'll know the hot numbers soon!

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  • Cyrus_the_virus
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    There you go: 0-100 in ~6secs

    Duke 390 Acceleration 0-100 - YouTube


    I just timed him and it's:
    0-100 in approx 5 and half secs.
    0-140 in approx 14secs.

    I just hope it's the same gearing in India. Come to think about it, Bajaj hasn't claimed changing anything for export markets except to match with A1 license regulations and also they manufacture it here, so we'll be getting exactly what is in the video.
    Last edited by Cyrus_the_virus; 07-02-2013, 12:33 AM.

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  • JayD
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    Has been tested by xBhp already i guess. The review should be up in a couple of days i think. I expect to see colorful pics as it has been raining and the orange monster with the lush green background should be legen.... wait for it....dary.

    Awaiting Elixir.
    Last edited by JayD; 07-01-2013, 11:36 PM.

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  • Legend Racer
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    has anyone any idea who or where will duke 390 be test ridden first? cant wait to read it.

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  • Dimpy
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    Originally posted by Adoksh View Post
    I highly doubt that the Adventure 390 would get an Indian launch. Its more of a european farmside guys bike
    India is the biggest market for KTM as if now for Smaller capacity bikes. Plus.. In other countries these kind of bikes are on 500 CC plus. If the article is true.. the title of the Article itself says that its for India. I am so waiting for this bike.. I know it might take more than a year.. but I just bought Avenger.. I can wait for an year I guess..

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  • Legend Racer
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    Originally posted by sasnoopy22 View Post
    Cant wait!!
    i called at trivandrum ktm and they replied the TD bike was shipped on 29th and may reach in 3 days.

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  • sasnoopy22
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    Insider News: Duke 390 display bike to be available in Delhi from tomorrow at KTM Lajpat Nagar!!
    Cant wait!!

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  • Legend Racer
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    i have not yet ridden duke . but from reviews i feel the light weight and handling ability is just for me.

    the awesome pricing of 390 has made me more excited. planning to book on 3rd if Gods bless me and also wilol ride the 200 that day for first time to know ktm. still i got some doubts which i know, only time, experience and various reviews can help. fingers crossed.

    how is it going to be?

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  • DeVille
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    Originally posted by whymail View Post

    @DeVille: by any chance u had any luck w/ ur quest for raingear / gore-tex?
    Not yet man! Found lot of Kacchuas (Quechua) though. Will post on Mbai n Riding Gears thread later as Im gettin mauled at work today x(



    Sent from my iPhone

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  • chinmayakar
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    Yes, this is what I felt. However, I would insist you take a test ride, as it may to be to your taste.

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  • splus
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    Originally posted by chinmayakar View Post
    Glad someone wrote about it. Me, Abhay and a couple of other folks were present yesterday at Vashi KTM. Duke 390 was on display, and they arranged for Test Ride. Before I put forward my opinion, a slight insight as to what I ride and what I had in the past.

    I had been riding Joeled P230 for quite sometime, and I must say, that has raised the bar and expectations from any bike that boasts about performance. Sadly, I had to let it go as it was close to 4 years of ownership and I got a good deal. After that I moved on to Duke 200 which is 45 days old now. As ynike99 rightly said you have to wrung the performance out of ths bike. It is super aggressive to say the least. Gearbox, handling, engine everything works in perfect unison. The bike is just ready to pounce, and it always forces (begging will be incorrect) you to ride insanely.

    Coming back to Duke 390, I expected a bigger version of Duke 200. I mean the aggressiveness, the taughtness of the engine. But that was not the case. For starters, I felt bottom end torque was quite less. Bike stalled a couple of times, when i tried to ride it as I would do in a bumper to bumper traffic. Abhay insisted that I give a little more gas and release the clutch, however, when you are in bumper to bumper traffic, many times you dont get to do that.

    In terms of bottom end torque, I rate my P230 highest, next is Duke 200 and finally Duke 390.

    Also, it sounds different from the Duke 200, that 2 stroke like puttering which has become a trademark, is almost not there. The Engine feels lot relaxed, nowhere as tight as Duke 200.

    Summing it up from the short test ride that I had, I wouldn't put my D200 on block for sale yet, as I didn't find it that impressive.

    This is purely my opinion, and I do not expect anyone to agree to it.

    Thanks!!
    Exactly what I was afraid of!
    Sounds like D200 is more of a hooligan character than D390?

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  • splus
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    Originally posted by ynike99 View Post
    Test drove the beast yesterday guys, and fyi i own a duke200, so my findings are more of comparisions.
    1.Abs works flawlessly, i tried the rear brake manytimes, and it worked everyrime.
    2.Bike seems bit taut than the 200.
    3.clutch is bit stiff.
    4.Bike zooms.did about 70 in 2nd.
    5.for city, 2-3-4 gears are the max you can use, unlike d200 which works in 6th gear at speeds excess of 30.
    5.iirc, 2nd gear 2500-3000 rpm was 30kmoh which pulls till 80(i did 70 though).that speaks about the drivability and longleggednes.
    6.Tyres are fantastic in wet
    7.Bike lunges ahead after 6-7krpm, in a more pronounced way than d200.
    So net net, really a worthy upgrade to all enthusuiasts.this is easy performance, unlike d200 which has to be wrung out till guts,but i like it that way....remember rx100 vs rx135.
    Thanks for this comparison! I was waiting for someone to compare the two...

    To be honest, the only thing that "worries" me is that D390 won't be as much fun as D200. Just because you can't open it and push it as much as you can D200, you have to ride it in lower rpms because it's more powerful, ride in "calmer" way than D200.
    Maybe you can open D390 fully at some perfect hill roads but not in a city and most roads...

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  • chinmayakar
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    re: KTM Duke 390 Review & first impression: xBhp Exclusive

    Glad someone wrote about it. Me, Abhay and a couple of other folks were present yesterday at Vashi KTM. Duke 390 was on display, and they arranged for Test Ride. Before I put forward my opinion, a slight insight as to what I ride and what I had in the past.

    I had been riding Joeled P230 for quite sometime, and I must say, that has raised the bar and expectations from any bike that boasts about performance. Sadly, I had to let it go as it was close to 4 years of ownership and I got a good deal. After that I moved on to Duke 200 which is 45 days old now. As ynike99 rightly said you have to wrung the performance out of ths bike. It is super aggressive to say the least. Gearbox, handling, engine everything works in perfect unison. The bike is just ready to pounce, and it always forces (begging will be incorrect) you to ride insanely.

    Coming back to Duke 390, I expected a bigger version of Duke 200. I mean the aggressiveness, the taughtness of the engine. But that was not the case. For starters, I felt bottom end torque was quite less. Bike stalled a couple of times, when i tried to ride it as I would do in a bumper to bumper traffic. Abhay insisted that I give a little more gas and release the clutch, however, when you are in bumper to bumper traffic, many times you dont get to do that.

    In terms of bottom end torque, I rate my P230 highest, next is Duke 200 and finally Duke 390.

    Also, it sounds different from the Duke 200, that 2 stroke like puttering which has become a trademark, is almost not there. The Engine feels lot relaxed, nowhere as tight as Duke 200.

    Summing it up from the short test ride that I had, I wouldn't put my D200 on block for sale yet, as I didn't find it that impressive.

    This is purely my opinion, and I do not expect anyone to agree to it.

    Thanks!!

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  • ynike99
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    re: KTM Duke 390 Review & first impression: xBhp Exclusive

    Test drove the beast yesterday guys, and fyi i own a duke200, so my findings are more of comparisions.
    1.Abs works flawlessly, i tried the rear brake manytimes, and it worked everyrime.
    2.Bike seems bit taut than the 200.
    3.clutch is bit stiff.
    4.Bike zooms.did about 70 in 2nd.
    5.for city, 2-3-4 gears are the max you can use, unlike d200 which works in 6th gear at speeds excess of 30.
    5.iirc, 2nd gear 2500-3000 rpm was 30kmoh which pulls till 80(i did 70 though).that speaks about the drivability and longleggednes.
    6.Tyres are fantastic in wet
    7.Bike lunges ahead after 6-7krpm, in a more pronounced way than d200.
    So net net, really a worthy upgrade to all enthusuiasts.this is easy performance, unlike d200 which has to be wrung out till guts,but i like it that way....remember rx100 vs rx135.

    Leave a comment:

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