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  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

    No Issue with brakes till now. I have the squeky brake pads and use 1 finger to brake just fine. Not sure if the new bikes came with a different brake pad which doesn't make the squeky noise but lacks the bite?

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    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

      Originally posted by AmitRavi07 View Post
      Just a quick question.. How much speed are you all able to extract from each of the gears. Mine are as follows:
      1 ~ 40kmph
      2 ~ 60kmph
      3 ~ 90kmph
      4 ~ 110kmph
      5 ~ 125kmph
      6 NA
      You're shifting early. I suppose, your bike is still in run-in period.

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        Good news Micheline has officially launched radial bike tyre in India, I see they have front tyre for 390(starting at Rs4500) but sadly not rear tyre i.e. 150/60*17 . Hope they soon launch rear tyre as well.

        Experts : Do you think we can use 140/70*17 at rear instead ?

        Michelin launches new range of motorcycle radial tyres| ZigWheels.com
        Last edited by shootingstar; 01-09-2014, 02:50 PM.

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        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

          Originally posted by AmitRavi07 View Post
          Just a quick question.. How much speed are you all able to extract from each of the gears. Mine are as follows:
          1 ~ 40kmph
          2 ~ 60kmph
          3 ~ 90kmph
          4 ~ 110kmph
          5 ~ 125kmph
          6 NA
          2nd Gear when i try to go above 50 the RPM redlight shows up ... is it normal ?

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          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

            Originally posted by arunonline47 View Post
            2nd Gear when i try to go above 50 the RPM redlight shows up ... is it normal ?
            Yes, that's the shift indicator.. You can set it to your like.. If you don't want that to show up, then set both one and two to 10500 rpm..

            Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
            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

              Originally posted by arunonline47 View Post
              2nd Gear when i try to go above 50 the RPM redlight shows up ... is it normal ?
              Don't worry it will be reset at first service. If already done, then you can set it yourself to 9500 rpm or 10500(max limit).

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              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                Originally posted by AmitRavi07 View Post
                Don't worry it will be reset at first service. If already done, then you can set it yourself to 9500 rpm or 10500(max limit).
                Mine was not reset at first service. I did it manually. A water wash (it was completely wet inside rear seat) and loads of lube on chain etc etc etc. taking to Kastubha road SVC to her tomorrow - hope everything will turn out to be good...

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                • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  A water wash (it was completely wet inside rear seat)
                  I had same experience at Auto Service. I am not getting pressure wash done again. Waterless wash is the way to go.
                  A lone amateur built the ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic...

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                  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                    Originally posted by NitinGirish View Post
                    I had same experience at Auto Service. I am not getting pressure wash done again. Waterless wash is the way to go.
                    No one can wash the bike better than the owner himself/herself.

                    Wash Instructions:-
                    1. Rinse of the dirt with cold water (mudguards, engine area, tank(take care of the console and petrol lid)) and tyres
                    2. Take around 3 litres of water in a separate bucket, pour 30 ml of car shampoo and wash the bike from top to bottom BUT IN PARTS i.e. dip a soft cloth in the shampoo and take care of the beast part by part say.. the tank and the handle bars...
                    3. Now dip another soft cloth in plain water and wash off the shampoo from the applied parts
                    4. Clean the part with a dry cloth immediately so as to avoid any stain marks
                    5. Once the entire bike is cleaned, use wax polish on the rims and the crash guard, saree guard...

                    This will definately take a couple of hours but the result is always astonishing.

                    I cleaned my bike last week and it was sparkling like a new one just out of the showroom..

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                    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                      I took the delivery of my Duke 390 from KTM showroom, Thane. The showroom manager had told me to come between 6-7pm but I had gone to Bandra with friends so I was stuck in the traffic and I reached showroom at around 8pm. I took the bike in temporary registration and I'll get my registration at Tuesday. When I entered the showroom, two customers were there who had booked the Duke 200 and one of them clicked a pic of my Duke 390 standing inside the showroom!
                      When I had previously selected my bike from godown, the odo showed 0km. After they took the bike to RTO, it showed 13km.


                      I'll pen down some first impressions of the bike. I'm sure all of you already know how the bike is but this impression would be for the potential customers who are considering buying this bike.

                      You're greeted by a sweet "keeeeeeeeeee" sound, everytime you turn on the ignition. Loved that. Bike cranked up easily in 1-2 secs. Straight away headed to petrol pump and filled petrol worth of 800rs i.e 9.xx litres approx. Fuel gauge showed full after filling it. Fueling is still a bit jerky uptil 2500rpm but it's way lesser than the TD bike. Beyond that rpm, bike is a breeze to ride. Very flickable in traffic. Did 100kmph unintentionally on 6th gear. Didn't check at what rpm. Will do that tomorrow. Even rode with a pillion once. He was surprised by the power of the bike and I hadn't even opened the throttle fully! :P

                      Tested the abs. Was doing 40-50kmph and pressed the brakes fully. No wheel lock, nothing. Bike stopped without any fuss.

                      Ride quality is hard, yes. I'm not complaining.

                      Didn't test the tyres to it's full potential, ofcourse. But I did a lean at 89kmph. So much confidence! Very stable. I can't imagine doing that on my RTR

                      Engine does heat up in traffic. I'm not complaining again because I was on full jeans and I hardly felt the heat. Temp bars showed 2 bars less than max.

                      While taking the delivery, FE showed 18kmpl. Increased to 24kmpl.

                      Seats are hard but I didn't find it uncomfortable, as of now.

                      Didn't notice much vibrations on handlebars. But footpegs vibrate when you use the engine braking to slow down your bike and when you're downshifting.

                      Overall I'm very happy with the bike. Although, I do have one issue. After the engine got sufficiently heated up, I could hear a different sound from the engine. It sounds like the "tik tik tik tik" tappet sound. The sounds come only at 1500-3000rpm. After that, it disappears. Should I be worried about it? Please give me your inputs.

                      I've attached few pics of my bike. Sorry for the bad quality pics. Will do a photoshoot on daylight.

                      Sent from my GT-I9300 using xBhp Connect mobile app
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                      Last edited by tusharsmoily; 01-10-2014, 02:10 AM.

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                      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                        Congrats buddy!!!

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                        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                          Originally posted by AmitRavi07 View Post
                          Congrats buddy!!!
                          Thanks!
                          I'm facing an issue. When the bike heats up, I can hear the "tik tik tik tik" tappet sounds from the engine between 1500-3000 rpm. Should I be worried?

                          Sent from my GT-I9300 using xBhp Connect mobile app

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                          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                            Originally posted by motorheadZMA View Post
                            Since last 2 days i have been getting ticking sound from the engine and loss in acceleration. Does someone know if the bike needs tappet setting or is it because of adulterated fuel?
                            (bike has covered approx 2000kms on odo)

                            I got this noise when it was around 400 kms but only when the bike heats up but no loss in acceleration .
                            Originally posted by DukeDey View Post

                            Ticking sound in my case was diagnosed as noise coming from tappets and shims need replacement. (started from 500kms ) I did not notice any drop in acceleration though.

                            Sent from my GT-I9100
                            Dukedey...you get this noise only when the engine heats up ? Have you replaced the shims ? If so do you hear any noise now?
                            Originally posted by tusharsmoily View Post
                            Thanks!
                            I'm facing an issue. When the bike heats up, I can hear the "tik tik tik tik" tappet sounds from the engine between 1500-3000 rpm. Should I be worried?

                            Sent from my GT-I9300 using xBhp Connect mobile app
                            I think most of us are facing this . I am not sure either its normal or not . Even my friends duke 390 has same noise . Would appreciate if others could chip in with their view .

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                            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                              Originally posted by tusharsmoily View Post
                              I took the delivery of my Duke 390 from KTM showroom, Thane. The showroom manager had told me to come between 6-7pm but I had gone to Bandra with friends so I was stuck in the traffic and I reached showroom at around 8pm. I took the bike in temporary registration and I'll get my registration at Tuesday. When I entered the showroom, two customers were there who had booked the Duke 200 and one of them clicked a pic of my Duke 390 standing inside the showroom!
                              When I had previously selected my bike from godown, the odo showed 0km. After they took the bike to RTO, it showed 13km.


                              I'll pen down some first impressions of the bike. I'm sure all of you already know how the bike is but this impression would be for the potential customers who are considering buying this bike.

                              You're greeted by a sweet "keeeeeeeeeee" sound, everytime you turn on the ignition. Loved that. Bike cranked up easily in 1-2 secs. Straight away headed to petrol pump and filled petrol worth of 800rs i.e 9.xx litres approx. Fuel gauge showed full after filling it. Fueling is still a bit jerky uptil 2500rpm but it's way lesser than the TD bike. Beyond that rpm, bike is a breeze to ride. Very flickable in traffic. Did 100kmph unintentionally on 6th gear. Didn't check at what rpm. Will do that tomorrow. Even rode with a pillion once. He was surprised by the power of the bike and I hadn't even opened the throttle fully! :P

                              Tested the abs. Was doing 40-50kmph and pressed the brakes fully. No wheel lock, nothing. Bike stopped without any fuss.

                              Ride quality is hard, yes. I'm not complaining.

                              Didn't test the tyres to it's full potential, ofcourse. But I did a lean at 89kmph. So much confidence! Very stable. I can't imagine doing that on my RTR

                              Engine does heat up in traffic. I'm not complaining again because I was on full jeans and I hardly felt the heat. Temp bars showed 2 bars less than max.

                              While taking the delivery, FE showed 18kmpl. Increased to 24kmpl.

                              Seats are hard but I didn't find it uncomfortable, as of now.

                              Didn't notice much vibrations on handlebars. But footpegs vibrate when you use the engine braking to slow down your bike and when you're downshifting.

                              Overall I'm very happy with the bike. Although, I do have one issue. After the engine got sufficiently heated up, I could hear a different sound from the engine. It sounds like the "tik tik tik tik" tappet sound. The sounds come only at 1500-3000rpm. After that, it disappears. Should I be worried about it? Please give me your inputs.

                              I've attached few pics of my bike. Sorry for the bad quality pics. Will do a photoshoot on daylight.

                              Sent from my GT-I9300 using xBhp Connect mobile app
                              Congrats !!!

                              Dont worry about those tik's, they are there in all of them...

                              Please dont do a motoman run in...

                              The tyres would achieve full grip once the initial shiny rubber is scraped off, after 250 kms the tires would be at their best, use all the tyre until 250 kms so that the shiny rubber is scraped off..

                              Dont take the FE showed by the console seriously... it is calculated based on interval of several hundred metres.. Reserve to Reserve will give you the correct FE figure...

                              Enjoy the beast and respect the power
                              Last edited by viper3683; 01-10-2014, 01:32 PM.

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                              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                                Originally posted by tusharsmoily View Post
                                I took the delivery of my Duke 390 from KTM showroom, Thane. The showroom manager had told me to come between 6-7pm but I had gone to Bandra with friends so I was stuck in the traffic and I reached showroom at around 8pm. I took the bike in temporary registration and I'll get my registration at Tuesday. When I entered the showroom, two customers were there who had booked the Duke 200 and one of them clicked a pic of my Duke 390 standing inside the showroom!
                                When I had previously selected my bike from godown, the odo showed 0km. After they took the bike to RTO, it showed 13km.


                                I'll pen down some first impressions of the bike. I'm sure all of you already know how the bike is but this impression would be for the potential customers who are considering buying this bike.

                                You're greeted by a sweet "keeeeeeeeeee" sound, everytime you turn on the ignition. Loved that. Bike cranked up easily in 1-2 secs. Straight away headed to petrol pump and filled petrol worth of 800rs i.e 9.xx litres approx. Fuel gauge showed full after filling it. Fueling is still a bit jerky uptil 2500rpm but it's way lesser than the TD bike. Beyond that rpm, bike is a breeze to ride. Very flickable in traffic. Did 100kmph unintentionally on 6th gear. Didn't check at what rpm. Will do that tomorrow. Even rode with a pillion once. He was surprised by the power of the bike and I hadn't even opened the throttle fully! :P

                                Tested the abs. Was doing 40-50kmph and pressed the brakes fully. No wheel lock, nothing. Bike stopped without any fuss.

                                Ride quality is hard, yes. I'm not complaining.

                                Didn't test the tyres to it's full potential, ofcourse. But I did a lean at 89kmph. So much confidence! Very stable. I can't imagine doing that on my RTR

                                Engine does heat up in traffic. I'm not complaining again because I was on full jeans and I hardly felt the heat. Temp bars showed 2 bars less than max.

                                While taking the delivery, FE showed 18kmpl. Increased to 24kmpl.

                                Seats are hard but I didn't find it uncomfortable, as of now.

                                Didn't notice much vibrations on handlebars. But footpegs vibrate when you use the engine braking to slow down your bike and when you're downshifting.

                                Overall I'm very happy with the bike. Although, I do have one issue. After the engine got sufficiently heated up, I could hear a different sound from the engine. It sounds like the "tik tik tik tik" tappet sound. The sounds come only at 1500-3000rpm. After that, it disappears. Should I be worried about it? Please give me your inputs.

                                I've attached few pics of my bike. Sorry for the bad quality pics. Will do a photoshoot on daylight.

                                Sent from my GT-I9300 using xBhp Connect mobile app
                                Congrats for your new bike. But I think number which showroom guys write on bike is not actually temporary registration(for temp. reg. you have to pay separatly) these numbers are linked with showroom and you will find multiple bike with same number in a showroom. So be careful while riding, police might give you trobule for driving without registration.
                                Enjoy your ride.

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