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  • Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

    Hi folks,

    Since we are all still in the long queue for Duke 390s deliveries to start, we have much time to kill. Just thought of asking your views.

    Will you keep your Duke 390 stock or kit it up?

    I plan to keep mine stock except for taking off the saree and hand guards. Yeah, I will wlap on a tank scratch guard. Maybe paint the wheels black (yeah, I know many of you will lynch me outright, but I prefer the understated look).

    What about you?

    If I have to take my bike touring, will my RE's Cramster Stallion saddle bags fit? Has any of you Duke 200 folks tried it out?

    Anil
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    re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

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      re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

      I have a D 200. Ill carry the same mods if i buy a 390.
      Mods on my D200 are all touring adventure emphasised.
      I had those rally handle bars installed....handleguards ...engine bay skid plate thus good clearence....front and rear tyres changed to dual purpose ones thus big sidewalls give more ground clearence. Footpegs moved forward....Postion is relaxed now.Got a small windshield too. Seat has a new soft foam installed, the stock one aches a lot.
      Im thinking now for a front dirt type fender and 18" tyres for front. A rubber or foam socks to prevent front suspension oil seals going kaput.
      These are on my Duke 200. And they will be awesome on 390. 200 cruises fine @90-100kph max. 390 will be a treat for high speed cruising and dirt action. I so wish to buy a 390 but i have a 200 already. So im waiting for the 390 adventure dual sport version they said will come.

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        re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

        Originally posted by Ankitvile View Post
        I have a D 200. Ill carry the same mods if i buy a 390.
        Mods on my D200 are all touring adventure emphasised.
        I had those rally handle bars installed....handleguards ...engine bay skid plate thus good clearence....front and rear tyres changed to dual purpose ones thus big sidewalls give more ground clearence. Footpegs moved forward....Postion is relaxed now.Got a small windshield too. Seat has a new soft foam installed, the stock one aches a lot.
        Im thinking now for a front dirt type fender and 18" tyres for front. A rubber or foam socks to prevent front suspension oil seals going kaput.
        These are on my Duke 200. And they will be awesome on 390. 200 cruises fine @90-100kph max. 390 will be a treat for high speed cruising and dirt action. I so wish to buy a 390 but i have a 200 already. So im waiting for the 390 adventure dual sport version they said will come.
        Any pictures of your Duke 200?

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          re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

          KTM 390 for touring purpose:

          * One thing every tourer would require is a good windshield to protect the rider against windblast at high speeds:



          Pic 1: A possible windshield design to deflect windblast and protect the rider from fatigue on KTM 390.

          * May be knuckle protectors for offroading:



          Pic 2: Knuckle Protectors

          * Good side bags:



          Pic 3: A possible power part from KTM for 390 hopefully with waterproof covers.

          * Engine bay skid plate for protection against rocks and other elements:



          * and may be hard compound tires for longevity in long distance touring compared to the stock tires.

          I guess that would be it from my wish list.


          Cheers,
          A quote by a toilet, " use me well, keep me clean, i would never tell anybody whatever i have seen.." :P

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            re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

            Hi,
            I'm also waiting for my 390 Duke to arrive. Being more of a tourer, I would go for the bigger windshield- The power-parts one or other brands like Puig.
            Cramster stallion might be a tight fit considering the skinny rear end of the Duke. But I've heard 'The Claw' from ViaTerra is a perfect fit and I'm considering getting one.
            Does the 390 have a bigger capacity fuel tank as an add-on accessory?
            Cheers!

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              re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

              Originally posted by Ankitvile View Post
              engine bay skid plate thus good clearence....front and rear tyres changed to dual purpose ones thus big sidewalls give more ground clearence. Footpegs moved forward....Postion is relaxed now.Got a small windshield too.
              Interesting mods. Can you share some details, please?

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              Originally posted by shv18 View Post
              Pic 1: A possible windshield design to deflect windblast and protect the rider from fatigue on KTM 390.

              * Good side bags:
              Pic 3: A possible power part from KTM for 390 hopefully with waterproof covers.

              * Engine bay skid plate for protection against rocks and other elements:
              Any recommended brands?
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                re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

                just my thot....
                i wud like to paint it military green...with black frame in non glossy paint
                close to ducati monster tht special edition or something in tri-colour
                i cant afford ktm...just thot of it...

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                  re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

                  Originally posted by schwantz34 View Post
                  Hi,
                  I'm also waiting for my 390 Duke to arrive. Being more of a tourer, I would go for the bigger windshield- The power-parts one or other brands like Puig.
                  Cramster stallion might be a tight fit considering the skinny rear end of the Duke. But I've heard 'The Claw' from ViaTerra is a perfect fit and I'm considering getting one.
                  Does the 390 have a bigger capacity fuel tank as an add-on accessory?
                  Cheers!
                  Thanks a ton, Schwantz34 :-) I have to check out the windshield and The Claw.

                  As far as I'm aware, there's no bigger capacity fuel tank available as an accessory. Some of Duke 200 tourers I know use the "petrol can" doodhwala fix for trips like Ladakh, hahaha.

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                  Originally posted by neil9381 View Post
                  just my thot....
                  i wud like to paint it military green...with black frame in non glossy paint
                  close to ducati monster tht special edition or something in tri-colour
                  i cant afford ktm...just thot of it...
                  There's a nice example of a Duke 200 on similar lines with offroad tyres, floating somewhere around here. You might want to check that out.

                  Maybe a 690 is what's destined for you. Why settle for the 390? :-)
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                    re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

                    [MENTION=63317]anilp[/MENTION] ok will search..
                    living a student's life...so no money

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                      re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

                      Originally posted by Ankitvile View Post
                      I have a D 200. Ill carry the same mods if i buy a 390.
                      A rubber or foam socks to prevent front suspension oil seals going kaput.
                      Do the seals go kaput quite a lot?

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                      Originally posted by neil9381 View Post
                      @anilp ok will search..
                      living a student's life...so no money
                      We were all out of there only yesterday. So hold on. The wait's worth it :-)
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                        re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

                        Originally posted by anilp View Post
                        Any recommended brands?
                        KTM already has such power parts in EU. I am not sure about the saddle bags and the engine cover though.
                        A quote by a toilet, " use me well, keep me clean, i would never tell anybody whatever i have seen.." :P

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                          re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

                          Originally posted by anilp View Post
                          Interesting mods. Can you share some details
                          Ill post a pic too. Those are the mods done. Apart from that i have one of those rubber covers (used to come on old bikes with those rubber bellows on the front suspension) installed now on the front forks at the place where seals are exposed. Front footpegs were moved forward buy cutting and machining it. Suspensions are hard not so Touring based. I dont like them as a tourer. Will be doing some suspension mods too.

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                            re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

                            Thanks Ankitvile, pictures will be great.

                            Which brand's rubber gaiters did you install on the suspension?I have had very bad luck with suspension seals, so those will be a great idea.

                            Apart from changing the rear suspension's settings, can any mods be done without changing the stock suspension setup altogether?
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                              re: Modifications on KTM Duke/ RC series

                              At first i used a foam sock. Not too thick but porous adequate enough too keep the dirt off. It was a foam sleeve ...i installed it on the lower suspension tube all the way up to the thicker tube like we wear a sock. It worked fine. But too much dirt and wet riding made it wet and it didnt use to dry up quickly thus i installed those rubber bellows thing. I found it randomly as a scrap. Its fine keeps the dirt of but loosens often. I tied it with zip ties but didnt worked. Either i have to search for long ones or find some another way.
                              Although seals dont damage that easily. But i like to take a safe side. Thus carrying extra seals and suspension oil is a wise idea when touring extreme on Duke.

                              As per suspensions stock ones are a lil on the harder side. Though it isnt a problem on off roads but still a softet setup would be a treat. But that would require tons of mods and brainstorming...changing oil grades and spring with difd spring rates and indexes etc. Or aftermarket suspensions are always there but the cost a lot so. Meanwhile its the way it is. Personally im eyeing towards the dual sports adventure series KTM will bring. They said something abt the 390 Adventure.
                              Last edited by Ankitvile; 07-24-2013, 12:10 PM.

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