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  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

    Originally posted by chaosaddict View Post
    Just as when I was deeply contemplating on buying, this thread is taking a different form all together. Anyways, I will keep looking at the positives as of now. It is good that the owners are deeply concerned and putting forth their issues - very healthy and informative discussions for the community and prospective buyers.
    The issues are relatively minor (this coming from C5 ownership).
    The only problem you have to consider is the difficulty in city/traffic driving.
    KTM Duke 390 | RE Interceptor 650

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    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

      I have a problem with my bike, it is low on fuel and widen I'm taking a turn the bike is leaned at some where between 10-20 degrees and it shutoff, this is not the first time,
      initially I taught that it is because of clutch and low speed but now after reading in this thread people having similar problem, I'm sure it is being caused by the fuel
      sensor cutting-off the fuel supply to engine. Is there a solution to this problem because that is very dangerous, today i almost high sided. I don't mind bypass the sensor completely.
      This never happened when the fuel was not low, happens only when low fuel and taking corners.

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      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

        Originally posted by LTMadhav View Post
        I have a problem with my bike, it is low on fuel and widen I'm taking a turn the bike is leaned at some where between 10-20 degrees and it shutoff, this is not the first time,
        initially I taught that it is because of clutch and low speed but now after reading in this thread people having similar problem, I'm sure it is being caused by the fuel
        sensor cutting-off the fuel supply to engine. Is there a solution to this problem because that is very dangerous, today i almost high sided. I don't mind bypass the sensor completely.
        This never happened when the fuel was not low, happens only when low fuel and taking corners.
        I dont think there is any solution. Possibly the fuel pump can no longer reach the fuel and so engine gets no fuel. Also the fuel sensro might be cutting of the engine to ensure that the pump is not damaged.
        KTM Duke 390 | RE Interceptor 650

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        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

          Originally posted by LTMadhav View Post
          I have a problem with my bike, it is low on fuel and widen I'm taking a turn the bike is leaned at some where between 10-20 degrees and it shutoff, this is not the first time,
          initially I taught that it is because of clutch and low speed but now after reading in this thread people having similar problem, I'm sure it is being caused by the fuel
          sensor cutting-off the fuel supply to engine. Is there a solution to this problem because that is very dangerous, today i almost high sided. I don't mind bypass the sensor completely.
          This never happened when the fuel was not low, happens only when low fuel and taking corners.
          How low? I mean, this happened how many kms after reserve?
          Your biking tells a lot about the person you are!

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          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

            Might have ridden some 10-15 km after the warning light came up.

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            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

              Originally posted by chaosaddict View Post
              Just as when I was deeply contemplating on buying, this thread is taking a different form all together. Anyways, I will keep looking at the positives as of now. It is good that the owners are deeply concerned and putting forth their issues - very healthy and informative discussions for the community and prospective buyers.
              I guess all this is not major and would be rectified soon. Also some of these issues are a part of owning a big single, like vibes at certain rpm, heat etc.
              If you want to go for the bike it would not disappoint. The pull is simply addictive, its pure adrenaline rush. The handling on the other hand is in its own class, I cannot think of any bike other than the r15 that comes close and even r15 is not too close because the 390 has the metzeler advantage. They just stick like leech.

              Sent from my GT-I9100
              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

                is it against advice to use the k&n stock air filter replacement for the Duke 390? what's. the difference between conical filters and the flat stock k&n one.
                also what other brands are there? I heard of Simota and this
                STANDARD BIKE FILTERS FM733/20 | BMC AIR FILTERS
                Last edited by senotrius; 12-04-2013, 05:03 PM.
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                • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  Originally posted by LTMadhav View Post
                  Might have ridden some 10-15 km after the warning light came up.
                  I have gone up to 20 kms post reserve and have not seen this happen yet. Will keep this in mind though. IMO, this is simply a case of fuel not reaching the fuel pump. D200 owners too face this?
                  Your biking tells a lot about the person you are!

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                  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                    Originally posted by senotrius View Post
                    is it against advice to use the k&n stock air filter replacement for the Duke 390? what's. the difference between conical filters and the flat stock k&n one.
                    also what other brands are there? I heard of Simota and this
                    STANDARD BIKE FILTERS FM733/20 | BMC AIR FILTERS
                    Senotrius, there was someone in Mumbai who installed a K&N air filter whose engine seized. Something to do with the engine running lean. I wouldn't be able to explain the details to you, so I suggest you take the inputs of someone more experienced.

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                    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                      Originally posted by Legend Racer View Post
                      Damn **** .... so sorry guys. it has been 3 days. bike wont start with usual cranks. tried adjusting the throttle play. before the free play was 5-8mm. now its 2-3 mm. still does not start. today morning i thought of washing and detailing it. did a proper wash and took great care, not to mess with sensors.
                      But alas, here comes trouble. engine malfunction light and low battery.

                      Removed key and called up Dealer. He was not reachable, called @DukeDey and he gave SM number. spoke to him. I knew this guy before as he had once attended my P 150 case and i was happy with him. He asked me to check the number of malfunction light blinks.

                      First it was 6, the last being fast. then it became 3 blinks, 3rd one being fast. The reply was water in sensors or circuits and cracked a joke, why did i wash when they are there? I really didnt like that joke. So everything came down to ECU, OBD and error codes. Bike needs a mechanic and ECU software.
                      He said Trivandrum is very far, hence i gotta contact Kollam. He gave the number.
                      Called up Kollam SM. He said, today nothing can be done as he is out of station and they are new to this. He also added that he is not sure if his mechanics can sort out the problem. WTH?

                      Anyway made a call to showroom and said things will go out of hands if not attended soon. At 7 pm dealer called me and said tomorrow in the morning it will be seen. fingers crossed.

                      Apart from these, bike got small niggles. I need suggestions and options to buy chain cleaner and lube. Thank you. now at 99kms. 1 more for century.
                      Originally posted by jackofsome View Post
                      Going through all the posts here in this tread everyday.
                      Its now pretty clear that this bike gives you the thrills compared to any bike in its class.

                      But then I actually did not expect so many small niggles about the bike. I actually now think Bajaj should up the quality control. Its not a fill it shut it forget it and ride it, atleast not yet.Which is expected from a KTM. And its making me sad
                      I am actually waiting for the RC but im not sure how the reliability would shape up for the initial lots.

                      Bajaj should really go through this thread.
                      Originally posted by vidhya View Post
                      + 1 to whatever @DukeDey has mentioned. I'm in the same boat as you are...My bike has done 3800+ Kms so far..

                      I did change the oil at 300+ kms and didn't redline till my first service. But rode the bike moderately hard with in 7500 to 8000 rpm with fair bit of highway run-in as well [but varied the rpms quite frequently]

                      Now my bike's exhaust note is little bassy compared to few other 390s :-). But when I rode 2 other 390s, I found that they are all less noisy, refined, smoother and you get a feel that their engine is less strained at higher rpms compared to mine.

                      But now I have a feeling that it is definitely not related to moderately hard break - in. I know another 390 owner who broke in moderately hard, changed oil atleast twice before first service. His bike is lot smoother and he can reach a speeds of 170 Kms very easily [he weighs around 80]

                      Even I had @DukeDey's feeling that my bike's engine will smoothed out gradually and so far it hasn't.

                      @DukeDey - Initially, my bike will also not do low speeds in low gears as you have mentioned. But it gradually improved and now I can do 15-16 Kmph in 2nd gear without knocking and 60 on 6th gear is also very easy...

                      Current regrets about my 390 compared to others... :-(

                      - It wont go past 155KMPH. Have to try crouching to see if it can at least reach 160....
                      - Engine note is hard but my exhaust note is bassy [my exhaust note is the only good thing]
                      - Tik Tik noise [as if timing chain is loose / tappet noise] along with engine note. Got it checked in multiple SVCs and every one says that it is normal. I have noticed it some other 390s also. So, I'm not bothered about it anymore.
                      - There is no whistling noise [kind of turbo whine] from engine when you accelerate. I have noticed this in many other 390s whose engine are lot smoother. I can note it in my engine only during engine braking.

                      biggest regret:

                      - engine oil leak from engine head gasket. This is a big story:

                      My engine started leaking very less oil from engine head gasket when it had completed 2600 kms. I wrote an email to KTM and later took it to a SVC. They removed the engine head, replaced the head gasket and within 10 Kms after that, it started leaking lot of oil from head gasket again. Took it SVC again, they removed the head and applied some kind of sealant to head gasket. Later, I didn't notice any leak from right or left side of the engine head gasket and was happy that the issue was resolved. My happiness was short lived. :-(

                      After 3600 Kms, recently, 3 days ago, when I was cleaning my bike myself, found lot of leaked oil gunk in the front of the engine along with some fresh oil leak as well. This area was hidden behind the radiator and I never noticed it until now. So I assume that the original oil leak was not fixed completely. Checked the engine oil level and it has gone down from the original level. Wrote an email to KTM again and I have left the bike at SVC to get it resolved. My bike is at SVC now and hopefully, the issue will get resolved completely.

                      At SVC, during all this head removal and gasket change, they have also managed to scratch the orange trellis frame... :-(

                      Now the very reason why I bought a KTM is proved completely wrong....
                      - Good engine quality, Racing pedigree, No oil leaks etc.... :-(

                      Now only God knows the issues that i might be facing after warranty period...
                      Originally posted by LTMadhav View Post
                      I have a problem with my bike, it is low on fuel and widen I'm taking a turn the bike is leaned at some where between 10-20 degrees and it shutoff, this is not the first time,
                      initially I taught that it is because of clutch and low speed but now after reading in this thread people having similar problem, I'm sure it is being caused by the fuel
                      sensor cutting-off the fuel supply to engine. Is there a solution to this problem because that is very dangerous, today i almost high sided. I don't mind bypass the sensor completely.
                      This never happened when the fuel was not low, happens only when low fuel and taking corners.
                      Reading these posts and being a to-be-owner of Duke 390 I am feeling nervous and apprehensive about my decision now.
                      I took this decision of buying after a lot of thinking - hope I am not proved wrong. These niggles really mar the ownership experience.

                      KTM/Bajaj - If you guys are following this thread please look into these posts. It will go a long way for all your future products.

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                      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                        kollam ASS guys came at 12 pm. they were unhappy to attend me as my dealer was in trivandrum. Kollam guys attended only after strict orders from area manager.

                        I had got battery from shop after recharge. they installed their battery first. scanner didnt find any DTC codes registered. bike cranks but does not start. training from ktm in bangalore for 3 days, and they are clueless.

                        at last they took telephonic help and someone at the other end asked to remove all relays and interchange and clean them. they brought bike to bones. tank, shields , all removed.
                        as said, they interchanged relays, after some time it started. installed my battery. but i saw that the bike needed 2-3 mm of throttle for starting.
                        again they changed to their battery and found that bike started faster. so i needed a battery change.
                        i also got my chain adjusted and lubed. the gear shifts are totally different now. thud sound only in first gear.
                        they could not change with the one they had, so i called up dealer and fixed an appointment tomorrow.

                        hope to get new battery and all needed papers for registration too.
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                        I'm a responsible rider.It doesn't matter what you ride,but what matters is how you ride.

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                        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                          Got a message today from Noida KTM that price of 390 has been revised approximately 7K is increase in the on Road price. Now it is 209000
                          Could somebody confirm same from there local dealers?

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                          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                            Originally posted by flyingJian View Post
                            Got a message today from Noida KTM that price of 390 has been revised approximately 7K is increase in the on Road price. Now it is 209000
                            Could somebody confirm same from there local dealers?

                            yes sir. 7k hike for 390 is right...we can expect more hike soon. hike in effect from this last sunday
                            I'm a responsible rider.It doesn't matter what you ride,but what matters is how you ride.

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                            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                              Originally posted by Legend Racer View Post
                              yes sir. 7k hike for 390 is right...we can expect more hike soon. hike in effect from this last sunday
                              More??? Like how much? Did anyone from the showroom confirm this?
                              I hope that with the increase in price, bikes are more refined. *Hope*
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                              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                                Would request owners not to run the KTM 390 petrol level to less than 1.5~2 liters since the fuel pump is vertical and needs the petrol to pump and for cooling purpose.
                                Here is a picture of the Fuel Pump's position inside the Petrol tank....

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