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2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

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    2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

    Riding Gear By: Spartan ProGear and MT Helmets








    The front end of the bike also sees wider mirrors, now standard across the KTM range and adjustable brake and clutch levers. You also get hand guards as standard fitment. The switchgear has been tweaked to accommodate the TFT screen, with the pass switch, hi and low beam switch now being activated with the index finger. The rest of the space is occupied by the toggle switches for operating the TFT display. The right hand continues to have the familiar switches, except the headlamp on/off switch is missing with AHO becoming mandatory. Throttle control also gets more precise with the incorporation of Ride-by-Wire. Lower down, the radiator guard does seem a bit inadequate, with a gaping hole in the centre, a bit more protection would be required, especially if one is planning a ride to places like Spiti and Leh. The 390 also has a slipper clutch, which helps substantially while pushing the bike on track.
    Adjustable clutch and brake lever
    Hand guard is standard fitment
    Wider mirrors
    A radiator which should be better protected from flying stones!
    The new toggle switches for the TFT display

    Power remains the same at 43.5 PS, but torque is up by 2 Nm to 37 Nm, one more than the RC 390. The bike is BS IV compliant, even with the increased torque. That is thanks to the aluminium side-slung exhaust, though the muffler remains placed in the belly to keep the weight as low and centred as possible. This keeps the CoG low and helps in going around corners faster. Though all of this has increased the kerb weight of the new 390 to 163 kg. This is also thanks to new fuel tank, which is now steel with a 13.5 litre capacity, which should see an increased range by 100 kilometres.
    The refined mill with more torque

    Like the Duke 250
    The split trellis frame in orange and white
    The easier to grip larger steel fuel tank
    Saddle gets new material and is wider for extra comfort

    The rear WP 10-step adjustable suspension remains the same, and the Metzelers are H rated, with a speed rating of 210 kmph, well above the speeds the bike can attain. I managed a top whack of 160 kmph on the 1.2 km straight fully crouched, while seated upright, the bike still hit 150 kmph on the speedo. The lower spec tyres are substantially cheaper than earlier, while at the same time will have a longer life. The corner connoisseurs might of course want to upgrade! One thing which is a bit unnerving is the manner in which the rev-limiter kicks in. It is far too sudden. Making the rear skip along with your heartbeat! Which is unfortunate, since the bike begs to be redlined! The brake light is an LED unit, the brightness of which seemed inadequate in bright sunlight.
    The longer lasting Metzelers are easier on your pocket!
    Brake light isn't bright enough in bring sunlight
    Sticky enough rubber






    Side stand indicator and engine kill switch will be displayed in yellow at the top
    KTM's genes
    The tacho goes from blue to red as the revs rise
    Connecting your smartphone through bluetooth
    ABS gets three modes, On, Off and Super Moto!
    You can customise what you see by clicking on the quick selector buttons
    Tailoring the display to the riders preferences

    At Rs. 225000 ex-showroom DelhiPhotos: Arjun Dhavale
    Plastic shrouds to keep the dirt out!
    The coolant cap is very awkwardly placed
    Pass, Lo and Hi Beam switch rolled into one
    The missing headlamp switch
    The key goes at the top of the tank and not on the handlebar
    The rearset and slightly higher placed footpegs are good for the track
    The rear suspension also gets plastic shroud protection
    Adds to the weight, but also the aural quality
    Protrusion!
    The saddle is much more comfortable now
    A motorcycle like this and a corner like that. Heaven!
    Ridden by: i, The Biker
    Riding Gear By: Spartan ProGear and MT Helmets

    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

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    2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

    Superb review [emoji106] and superb pictures
    Last edited by deepak82; 03-11-2017, 11:13 PM.

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      Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

      Originally posted by deepak82 View Post
      Superb review [emoji106] and superb pictures

      Thanks a lot
      Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

      Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

      Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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        Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

        Good review bro. Amazing photos.

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          Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

          Originally posted by The Monk View Post
          2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

          A motorcycle like this and a corner like that. Heaven!
          Thanks The Monk, thats a Super Duper Review. That one sentence and the accompanying pic above sums up the bike

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            Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

            Excellent review. Thanks a lot.

            One question though. I have a Bluetooth headset for helmet which gets paired with my Android phone. This means I can record audio, listen to music, attend calls.

            Now if I pair my Android phone with the d390 console, then will it be possible to pair the Bluetooth headset at the same time with my phone?
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              Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

              Originally posted by dpukvinu View Post
              Good review bro. Amazing photos.
              Thanks a lot!

              Originally posted by uday.ere View Post
              Thanks The Monk, thats a Super Duper Review. That one sentence and the accompanying pic above sums up the bike
              Haha. Yes, a good corner and a sweet handling bike

              Originally posted by chiragsthakur View Post
              Excellent review. Thanks a lot.

              One question though. I have a Bluetooth headset for helmet which gets paired with my Android phone. This means I can record audio, listen to music, attend calls.

              Now if I pair my Android phone with the d390 console, then will it be possible to pair the Bluetooth headset at the same time with my phone?
              Thanks. Yup the Bluetooth on your phone will get paired to the console and your headset. So you see the incoming call on your screen, answer or reject the call through your left handlebar and talk on your headset.

              Disclaimer: We don't recommend answering calls while riding. The rider's attention should be focussed on the job at hand. If indeed the rider sees an urgent call on the TFT display, its best to pullover and converse, before riding on.

              ----consecutive posts auto-merged-----

              One thing i missed out in the review was the use of a CAN-BUS in the bike as part of RBW. According to the company guys, this allows them to implement TC, Launch Control, wheelie control etc., in the future if they so wish. Of course that doesn't mean that they will actually bring any of this for the 390!

              If you would like to learn more about the CAN-BUS, read this article - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/autom...kiril-mucevski
              Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

              Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

              Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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                Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

                how good is the suspension setup on the new duke ? Is it softer than the old one ?

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                  Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

                  Originally posted by jeyessh View Post
                  how good is the suspension setup on the new duke ? Is it softer than the old one ?
                  The suspension setup is like the older bike. Firm, for a sportier ride experience. I doubt if it is softer, though we rode it on the smooth tarmac of the track, therefore not possible to say how comfy it would be on bad roads that we encounter.
                  Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

                  Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

                  Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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                    Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

                    Nice review mate

                    Might be an early question but how easy or hard is it to install a windshield on this motorcycle?

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                      Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

                      Very detailed and informative review along with amazing clicks to sharpness and new features of the new D390.
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                        Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

                        Originally posted by Pratzgh1 View Post
                        Nice review mate

                        Might be an early question but how easy or hard is it to install a windshield on this motorcycle?
                        Thanks

                        There is a lot of empty space between the headlight and the TFT screen. Some jugaad should be possible for fixing a windscreen without spending too much. Else, there will be aftermarket screens as for the old 390.

                        For longer distances a windscreen will be essential on the bike.

                        Check this - https://www.xbhp.com/talkies/motorcy...-ktm-duke.html

                        Originally posted by The Celebrity View Post
                        Very detailed and informative review along with amazing clicks to sharpness and new features of the new D390.
                        Thank you Celebrity sir
                        Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

                        Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

                        Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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                        • #13
                          Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

                          best bike from KTM india till date, looks are just so good!!

                          by the way the new screen, is capable of showing maps? or can be integrated with mobile to mirror maps? or any inbuilt maps ? that would have been one excellent feature if they have put maps for this bike would make it perfect tourer!
                          Last edited by vedavyasa86; 03-16-2017, 06:20 PM. Reason: spell

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                            Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

                            Really good review.

                            Overall good compared to older 390, but i will prefer older 390 for its less weight (10KG less than newer one), under belly exhaust (Helps a lot in heavy traffic as bike can go through small space)

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                              Re: 2017 KTM 390 Duke Review: Rioters!

                              NO. Not as of now atleast
                              Originally posted by vedavyasa86 View Post
                              by the way the new screen, is capable of showing maps? or can be integrated with mobile to mirror maps? or any inbuilt maps ? that would have been one excellent feature if they have put maps for this bike would make it perfect tourer!
                              Yamaha RX135 (1998) - Stolen

                              Yamaha R15 V2 - Composure redefined

                              KTM Duke 390 2017

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