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  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

    After waiting for 146 days, being delivered a faulty bike in between, all the delivery issues, being taken for a ride by some smarta** officials giving me vague reasons every now and then.
    Finally, I got a new bike today and thanks to the almighty, it was delivered without a single issue.
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    Why 2wheels over 4.....
    Its because 'Whatever it is, it's better in the wind!'

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    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

      Originally posted by DukeDey View Post
      After waiting for 146 days, being delivered a faulty bike in between, all the delivery issues, being taken for a ride by some smarta** officials giving me vague reasons every now and then.
      Finally, I got a new bike today and thanks to the almighty, it was delivered without a single issue.
      Superb!! Congo and am keen on knowing the process you went through to get a new one

      Ride safe!! And good luck with your new machine :thumbs up:
      Its better to sweat than bleed!! "AGATT "

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      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

        Originally posted by DukeDey View Post
        After waiting for 146 days, being delivered a faulty bike in between, all the delivery issues, being taken for a ride by some smarta** officials giving me vague reasons every now and then.
        Finally, I got a new bike today and thanks to the almighty, it was delivered without a single issue.
        Congratulations boss !!!

        Enjoy the Torque

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        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

          Originally posted by coolmaverickguy View Post
          sorry to bring this up again as it been discussed lots of time. it been over a month & yet to get my bike. but this high compression ratio and octane are giving me bekkar ka tension. since i live in bhubaneswar we dont have option more than speed91 neither do we have shell. have gone through so many threads about the octane thing in last month or so. The manual does say about roz95/ron95/pon91. so normal fuel is fine i guess, as its comes as 91 grade. dont want to go with speed 91 as its have additives which are not octane booster. more over sunil ji has also mention that he has ride the bike in normal fuel without any problem. few of the guys say that engine will degrade fast as we dont have 95 garde fuel. how is your bike performing till date. though u have cover only small km. any idea about other biker facing any issue for this fuel.
          As far as I know there are is only one high octane fuel available in India i.e. Speed 97 which is RON 95 I guess. Considering the compression ratio of the bike, if you have access to Speed 97 use that else any other RON 91 fuel would do. I am currently using RON 91 and have plans of doing the next tank up of RON 97. I will update my experience post that.

          I don't think too much of the branded fuels though. Additives won't help what will help is the higher octance rating.
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          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

            After riding for about 100kms since Monday, I noticed a strange issue - the handle bar and console is not quite straight and perpendicular to the body/wheel!! It is slightly inclined towards the right side. I am taking it to SVC today - hopefully should not be a big problem

            I am used to super smooth gear shifts, even on my C5. And the gear "thud" on 390 is getting on my nerves.

            On the positive side, I have shaved off 5 mins one way from my daily commute
            KTM Duke 390 | RE Interceptor 650

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            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

              [MENTION=63586]DukeDey[/MENTION]...congratz bro...enjoy her and do keep us posted about the break-in scene. Fly my friend...

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              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                Originally posted by senotrius View Post
                well,same here too man.The service in-charge guy Mr.Samson said its normal.will be going again to asc again to buy a pulsar 220 tank pad.90 bucks.fine by me rather than buying inr1500+ ones.i have the same feeling when it comes to buying them costly keiti rim tapes.rather get it done at the local sticker shop!but the orange wheel of the 390 as such is a huge sticker job i guess;loud.
                Congrats on the new ride .
                By the way i would suggest you stay away from that 220's tankpad (self experience. i went the cheapo way after some prankster scratched off my race stripe on my RTR. and put on the pulsar ones...it stayed cool for some time but when i removed it for doing a race stripe sticker work, the whole place that the glue touched the tank was yellow in color, no matter how hard i tried stain removers and polishes and wax , it was in vain. )

                I would suggest you not to go stingy on tankpads and get a keiti one at the very least (a faux carbon fibre one would look cool)

                p.s. applied a keiti one on mine anyhow. sadly a transparent one though
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                • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  Originally posted by vishnu.leo View Post
                  Congrats on the new ride .
                  By the way i would suggest you stay away from that 220's tankpad (self experience. i went the cheapo way after some prankster scratched off my race stripe on my RTR. and put on the pulsar ones...it stayed cool for some time but when i removed it for doing a race stripe sticker work, the whole place that the glue touched the tank was yellow in color, no matter how hard i tried stain removers and polishes and wax , it was in vain. )

                  I would suggest you not to go stingy on tankpads and get a keiti one at the very least (a faux carbon fibre one would look cool)

                  p.s. applied a keiti one on mine anyhow. sadly a transparent one though

                  I am planning to get the Keiti one, i want to know whats wrong with the transparent one?

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                  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                    Originally posted by Rohit.nagamalla View Post
                    I am planning to get the Keiti one, i want to know whats wrong with the transparent one?
                    nothing per se, i had to apply the transparent one over that yellow stain i mentioned above, so a part of it is still seen through that.
                    Just your friendly neighborhood panda. @thebigfatlazypanda

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                    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                      @DukeDey congratz bro. Have a safe and nice ride.

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                      I met a fellow 390 owner at sec 62 noida in morning - Harsh; anyone from xbhp?
                      Last edited by AmitRavi07; 11-27-2013, 01:15 PM.

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                      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                        Originally posted by dr.mayanksingh View Post
                        pls take all precautions while driving including helmet. dont forget u know its imp. sorry for lecturing.
                        and i am also waiting for your review of screen WITH HELMET of course .
                        Originally posted by abhifusion View Post
                        Its direct fit, just need to remove stock plastic guard & fit this with two bolt mounts on the top & cable tie at the bottom...



                        Follow this link... All details are there ...

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                        Looks better than CBRs windscreen... Can you post link of the DIY ?? Really interested in getting this done ...
                        Originally posted by shelton_jh View Post
                        Looks neat, just wondering whether there'll be fluttering at the top of the screen since it's just mounted at the bottom by the two screws whereas in the MRA screen it is well secured by proper structural members
                        Originally posted by Team Torque View Post
                        Appreciate that. Will be looking forward to your review
                        Ok, after few days of usage with the windscreen, this is what I feel. The windblast can be felt only upwards from the neck. It's very comfortable to do speeds upwards 120Kmph. Hell, I even did 155Kmph on an empty road and it was very comfortable. And the windscreen's top doesn't flutter around even at 150Kmph speeds.

                        Another thing I noticed is, if any of you guys do hi-speeds without a proper jacket things will get uncomfortable because the windblast is directed towards your neck and you'll feel like someone is chocking you! Wear a proper jacket and secure the neck strap and you cannot feel a thing!

                        Bottomline - very happy with the mod!

                        For people who wants to try this,

                        Get a Fazer's Windscreen
                        Remove the stock visor
                        Place it on top of the Fazer's visor and mark the areas to be drilled.
                        Use a soldering or drilling machine to make holes.
                        Fix the new visor and tighten the bolts till the end so that it's secure.
                        Enjoy!

                        Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
                        Last edited by Venkatesh Velmani; 11-27-2013, 01:21 PM.
                        Honda Dio (Sold) | Yamaha FZ16 (Sold) | Duke 390 | Kawasaki Z800 (Technically it's my brother's, but WTH ;P) |

                        1. Start the engine; 2. Turn the trottle; 3. Disappear ;)

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                        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                          I have used Keiti Tank pad & those are best according to me at 1,000 rupees ... (used on RTR)
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                          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                            Originally posted by Venkatesh Velmani View Post
                            Ok, after few days of usage with the windscreen, this is what I feel. The windblast can be felt only upwards from the neck. It's very comfortable to do speeds upwards 120Kmph. Hell, I even did 155Kmph on an empty road and it was very comfortable. And the windscreen's top doesn't flutter around even at 150Kmph speeds.

                            Another thing I noticed is, if any of you guys do hi-speeds without a proper jacket things will get uncomfortable because the windblast is directed towards your neck and you'll feel like someone is chocking you! Wear a proper jacket and secure the neck strap and you cannot feel a thing!

                            Bottomline - very happy with the mod!

                            For people who wants to try this,

                            Get a Fazer's Windscreen
                            Remove the stock visor
                            Place it on top of the Fazer's visor and mark the areas to be drilled.
                            Use a soldering or drilling machine to make holes.
                            Fix the new visor and tighten the bolts till the end so that it's secure.
                            Enjoy!

                            Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
                            Good one . Though I was tucked in and was armoured with full riding gears, anything beyond 160+ does literally choke you real bad which is very uncomfortable!! . Guess I gotta try this on
                            Bhp is how fast you hit a wall, Torque is how much of that wall you can take with you.

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                            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                              Originally posted by coolmaverickguy View Post
                              sorry to bring this up again as it been discussed lots of time. it been over a month & yet to get my bike. but this high compression ratio and octane are giving me bekkar ka tension. since i live in bhubaneswar we dont have option more than speed91 neither do we have shell. have gone through so many threads about the octane thing in last month or so. The manual does say about roz95/ron95/pon91. so normal fuel is fine i guess, as its comes as 91 grade. dont want to go with speed 91 as its have additives which are not octane booster. more over sunil ji has also mention that he has ride the bike in normal fuel without any problem. few of the guys say that engine will degrade fast as we dont have 95 garde fuel. how is your bike performing till date. though u have cover only small km. any idea about other biker facing any issue for this fuel.
                              Chill. Most of us are on normal petrol. You should be fine as long as you fill up most of the time from trusted pumps. One of the guys even took it up Leh and back on normal fuel.
                              Ride more, browse less.

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                              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                                After riding the new bike for 100+ kms I would like to point out the difference between the test 390 and the production version.

                                * The heating issue has considerably reduced.

                                * The startup issues have been dealt with and the bike starts even if it’s very hot with a single press of a starter.

                                * The city rideability has been improved a lot, the test bike was just not useable in the 4th and above gears at speeds below 45-50. This although not advisable on a new bike is still doable on the production version.

                                * The hand guard quality is better than on the test bike, the edges are finished now unlike the crude plastic ones on the test bike. The insides are also painted black which was not the case on the test bike and inside was the same white plastic color.

                                * The power delivery has been tamed on the production version. The test bike was more aggressive. It pushed the shoulders back when the bike used to hit the peak powerband, happens on the new bike too but is subtle. This I am saying after riding 3 production version bikes. So, no chance of any issues with the bike. Might have been done to improve city rideability , lessen the heat or to improve the fuel economy(highly unlikely).

                                * The production version does a 100kmph in 6th at 5400rpm but from what I remember the test bike used to do it around 5100rpm. If anyone else can confirm this? Might be the reason why the bike is acting as a better city bike compared to the demo 390.
                                Why 2wheels over 4.....
                                Its because 'Whatever it is, it's better in the wind!'

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