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    Syed, can you please share the invite via private message? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rx100.7050 View Post
    The brakes & tyre profile is exactly the same as that of D200?? Shouldn't it have a better brakes than D200? Or is this Cost saving technique
    As far as I know braking also depends on the weight distribution and momentum of the bike and since the weights of D200 and D390 are almost the same, it shouldn't be a problem. The brakes for D200 are more than enough to stop it and with the addition of Metzelers (to D390) it would give a good result despite the 390's insane acceleration.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ankit mishra View Post
    yes bro,
    we can take it for touring and it is effortless.

    recently i did a Mumbai to Delhi to Mumbai trip on my duke 200 in just 4 days of riding with riding her for 10 hours each day.
    and this bike didn't tire me very much.

    so, i can say D390 would be more suitable for touring considering its extra power which can be used in emergency situations and for whole day running.

    The only problem would be the range due to small fuel tank.
    My Duke 200 gives me a range of 270-300kms on full tank in high revving of running.

    But bike is very comfortable overall.
    Thanks for this piece of info brother. My biggest doubt about KTM has been, can it tour without torturing my back, coz of its racy riding position. I have been an Enfield rider and whatever we may complain, Enfields are super comfortable mile munchers. Riding position is neutral and it goes on, of course rather in a lazy beat. Off late, itching to shift to a faster machine. Hence I have been following 390 very closely. Very mixed bag of opinion about Duke 200's touring capability. I realize the skeptical ones are the people who never toured on Duke. All the people who did it, were giving thumps up. Thanks again. You brought me closer to 390.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trysantosh View Post
    Thanks for this piece of info brother. My biggest doubt about KTM has been, can it tour without torturing my back, coz of its racy riding position. I have been an Enfield rider and whatever we may complain, Enfields are super comfortable mile munchers. Riding position is neutral and it goes on, of course rather in a lazy beat. Off late, itching to shift to a faster machine. Hence I have been following 390 very closely. Very mixed bag of opinion about Duke 200's touring capability. I realize the skeptical ones are the people who never toured on Duke. All the people who did it, were giving thumps up. Thanks again. You brought me closer to 390.
    Duke has very upright seating position, not at all racing. The seat is quite hard so your bum will get stiff after some time, but your back will be OK because the seating position is very comfortable.
    I did few 12 hour long rides and many shorter ones, and I don't get tired on a Duke, my back doesn't hurt at all after long rides. The engine is also completely OK even after riding it for hours at 110-135 kmh speeds.

    The biggest "problem" is that the wind blast gets uncomfortable at speeds higher than 120 kmh, but just little bit of leaning forward makes it much better.

    So, I too can recommend Duke 200 for touring, it's an excellent machine, not just for a city ride. And it's completely stable at higher 120+ kmh speeds. Not as stable as CBR 250 which is much heavier and is basically a touring bike, but stable nevertheless.

    Some reviews mentioned Duke 390 is also stable even at very high speeds, 150+ kmh.
    And KTM will offer bigger wind shield as a power part, which will make it a much sweeter machine for touring.
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    I don't mind if its stable only till 150kmph, that's enough for me. There shouldn't be any issues below 150k. Will manage the wind blast and all.
    Just because you haven't seen it doesnt mean its impossible...expect the unexpected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R-series View Post
    I don't mind if its stable only till 150kmph, that's enough for me. There shouldn't be any issues below 150k. Will manage the wind blast and all.
    Ehhh, can manage all right, but it's just not comfy above 120 kmh. It gets tiring after 10-15 min...

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    Quote Originally Posted by splus View Post
    Duke has very upright seating position, not at all racing. The seat is quite hard so your bum will get stiff after some time, but your back will be OK because the seating position is very comfortable.
    I did few 12 hour long rides and many shorter ones, and I don't get tired on a Duke, my back doesn't hurt at all after long rides. The engine is also completely OK even after riding it for hours at 110-135 kmh speeds.

    The biggest "problem" is that the wind blast gets uncomfortable at speeds higher than 120 kmh, but just little bit of leaning forward makes it much better.

    So, I too can recommend Duke 200 for touring, it's an excellent machine, not just for a city ride. And it's completely stable at higher 120+ kmh speeds. Not as stable as CBR 250 which is much heavier and is basically a touring bike, but stable nevertheless.

    Some reviews mentioned Duke 390 is also stable even at very high speeds, 150+ kmh.
    And KTM will offer bigger wind shield as a power part, which will make it a much sweeter machine for touring.
    Thanks Bro. You have increased my confidence in Duke. I will wait for 390.

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    btw in uk the duke 200 retails at 330000 Indian Rupee..
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    Quote Originally Posted by trysantosh View Post
    Thanks for this piece of info brother. My biggest doubt about KTM has been, can it tour without torturing my back, coz of its racy riding position. I have been an Enfield rider and whatever we may complain, Enfields are super comfortable mile munchers. Riding position is neutral and it goes on, of course rather in a lazy beat. Off late, itching to shift to a faster machine. Hence I have been following 390 very closely. Very mixed bag of opinion about Duke 200's touring capability. I realize the skeptical ones are the people who never toured on Duke. All the people who did it, were giving thumps up. Thanks again. You brought me closer to 390.
    Im a fellow Bull rider and I too am excited about the KTM390 for the flickability and lightweight! Only if they could launch a KTM '390 Adventure' to follow this up..I'd shut up and give them my money
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumantra Ray View Post
    Im a fellow Bull rider and I too am excited about the KTM390 for the flickability and lightweight! Only if they could launch a KTM '390 Adventure' to follow this up..I'd shut up and give them my money
    i am also a fellow bull rider and have been waiting for this one eagerly. I would also love to give them my money without a second thought for an adventure version, BUT i am not going to wait that long. As it is, have been waiting for 390 for almost a year, cant start the wait all over again. So i am going to book the 390 asal, enjoy it till the adventure version is out. Can always exchange it for the later if its makes good sense. Now KTM, show us the bike!!
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