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    Default KTM Duke 390 Review : xBhp Ride Report

    The KTM Duke 390 ridden and reviewed by xBhp in Australia!

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    You all know about the KTM 200 and its look alike KTM 125. What we did not know that they were not twins, but a triplet! Bikers and Bikernis please welcome the third of the mini Dukes: KTM 390. However one is no slouch (not that its other siblings were). Here we get you the first ride review of this pocket rocket from our Australian rider friend, Mark Hinchliffe.

    Mark Hinchliffe (hinchm@hotmail.com) is a senior motorcycle journalist in Australia who has been writing reviews, bike travel and motorcycle industry news for more than a decade for newspapers, magazines and on-line sites such as News Ltd metropolitan newspapers, Australian Provincial Newspapers, Australian Road Rider, 2wheels, Cruiser & Trike,mcnews.com.au and the forthcoming website, **********.com.au which he will edit.[/B]

    KTM has expanded its range of street bikes built in India with the versatile 390 Duke. Since 2011, KTM has been building the 125 and 200 Dukes at the Bajaj Chakan factory in Pune. KTM PR manager Thomas Kuttruf says the arrangement with the minority shareholder has given the Austrian company an improvement in quality.
    We can learn a lot from these guys in manufacturing a quality bike in high quantities, he says. Bikes sold in Europe are returned to the Austrian factory for quality checks while bikes exported to the rest of the world are quality checked at the Pune factory under strict KTM guidelines.





    The full-size bike features safe anti-lock brakes, quality suspension components, an efficient engine and a sizzling modern style that will suit many riders. The 390 fills the hole between the 200 and 690 Dukes and the company is so confident of its success it will be the first KTM to be sold in all 76 markets around the world where they have dealers. Previously, their 200 Duke was the most popular KTM street bike.









    This bike is built with the same frame as the 125 and 200 Dukes, but with an all-new 375cc single-cylinder engine. Its an over-square unit which means the bore is bigger than the stroke, so it revs higher and achieves its power and torque at higher revs than normal. But dont expect a zinging little buzz box that rattles the fillings out of your teeth, vibrates the mirrors so you cant see whats behind you and makes your fingers go numb after an hour in the saddle. Quite the opposite.
    This is a versatile engine that seems to have plenty of torque for casual acceleration, smooth delivery of power through the range and only minor tingles through the seat of your pants.









    However, if you do want to explore the upper limits of its peak performance, you can easily keep it spinning between the peak power/torque revs of 9500 up to the abrupt limiter at 10,500rpm by working the trouble-free six-speed transmission. Its a slick little box with neutral very easy to find and no angel gears.

    Hit the highway and it will spin along effortlessly at 5000 rpm in sixth gear at 100 km/h from where it will accelerate with a quick click down a gear. Point it up a hill and the bike doesnt become asthmatic, thanks to its light weight of just 150 kg fully fueled.










    KTM claims fuel economy of just 3.4L/100km which should be good for a range of about 300 km, which is more than enough for this style of street bike. Its light weight makes it very easy to flick around in traffic or through a tight set of corners. Meanwhile, the 1367 mm wheelbase and wide handlebars provide stable handling at high speeds. Handling is ably complemented by quality WP Suspension, a wholly owned subsidiary of KTM. It has 150 mm of travel at both ends so it should be capable of absorbing the impact of most potholes, however, on the world launch in Austria it was difficult impossible to tell on their silky smooth road surfaces. Its light weight also means it pulls up very quickly, ably assisted by quality Bosch ABS brakes and calipers made in India under licence to Brembo, hence BYBRE stamped on the side rather than BREMBO which indicates Italian manufacture.







    The sit-up-and-beg riding position is comfortable with short people able to tough the ground from the 800 mm seat as it is quite thin at the front. Tall people may feel a little cramped in the legs as the pegs are set high and back for ground clearance. However, the flat and hard seat provides plenty of fore and aft movement so most riders can get comfortable.



    KTM has a range of accessories including handguards, a tank bag and rear rack and soft bag that replaces the rear seat.


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    The KTM 390 Duke would definitely be a crotch rocket, from what I have heard it does 0-100 in 5 seconds. Cant wait to ride this one! Though I also feel they should have made some more obvious cosmetic changes to the bike, other than the probable orange frame and alloys to differentiate from its younger cousin. On the brighter side that is something good since it will help keep the weight down! 43 HP kerb is just to good to believe!
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    I think this is Indian junta's most awaited bike in years...

    ... The next big revolution if you will, i.e. post the ZMA/P220/R15 (discounting the Ninja's & Hyosung's for their prohibitively high pricing and the CBR for its very minor jump in performance over existing crop of bikes) era 5 years ago that upped the performance biking scene in India up by quite a few notches!
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    So thread is up...!!! Duke 390 gonna be overall fair enough for Indian terrain, but I am afraid its gonna be difficult to maintain the bike because of expensive parts....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Praful View Post
    I think this is Indian junta's most awaited bike in years...

    ... The next big revolution if you will, i.e. post the ZMA/P220/R15 (discounting the Ninja's & Hyosung's for their prohibitively high pricing and the CBR for its very minor jump in performance over existing crop of bikes) era 5 years ago that upped the performance biking scene in India up by quite a few notches!
    Not too many years thought, until some time back no one even knew about the 390! They have done very well indeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny View Post
    Not too many years thought, until some time back no one even knew about the 390! They have done very well indeed!
    Half a decade is long enough I think

    Agreed, nobody knew about this bike till about a year or so ago. But people have been waiting for bridge performance bike which is more powerful than the existing 250's and not as potent as the 600's.

    Kawasaki bridged that gap a bit by getting the N300, and hopefully lazy Honda gets a move on and gets the CB trio (400 or 500 whichever).

    All said and done, at the end of the day because of its KTM genes this bike sounds like a super exciting proposition to many.
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    Million dollar question... can this bike powerwheelie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by riot View Post
    Million dollar question... can this bike powerwheelie?
    really is this question worth that much!! Even the D200 wheelies pretty effortlessly... effortlessly than most of the two wheeled aberrations on the road and given that 340 packs in 43 ponies on the tap, expect that it would satiate the one wheeled cabaret hunger of most!! So, don't you worry about the power wheelies, worry about if the rider would be able to be seated on the saddle for long.. because the power to weight ratio of the D390 is something to handled with a LOT OF RESPECT
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    Nice Bike, nice review....

    the photos as not shot by our xbhp team, it seems, coz the style of shooting is different. but pics are nice....very nice.

    what is the PRICE ...???

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    Quote Originally Posted by csajal View Post
    really is this question worth that much!! Even the D200 wheelies pretty effortlessly... effortlessly than most of the two wheeled aberrations on the road and given that 340 packs in 43 ponies on the tap, expect that it would satiate the one wheeled cabaret hunger of most!! So, don't you worry about the power wheelies, worry about if the rider would be able to be seated on the saddle for long.. because the power to weight ratio of the D390 is something to handled with a LOT OF RESPECT
    D200 wheelies easily but i want my next bike to wheelie off throttle without me pulling hard on handlebars . Hopefully D390 will satisfy my lust for powerwheelies.
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