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  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

    Originally posted by Venkatesh Velmani View Post
    Yeah, I think this is the case with all the bikes. I did rev it hard yesterday and the RPM bar does cross 9.5K. From 9.5K to 10.5K it is grayed out.
    Engine RPM crosses and stops at 10500RPM. But while bikes does the self test when we turn the ignition on, the RPM fades out after 9500.
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    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

      Can the hand guards be bought individual or it is sold only as a pair?


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      Last edited by akhilash95; 01-15-2014, 12:10 AM.

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      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

        Did around 430 kms on my bike. Here's my impression of it.

        1) I can engage the second gear only at the speed of atleast 18kmph. Otherwise, the engine knocks.

        2) Clutch is soo tight that your palms literally pain when you're in a crawling traffic. If you're thinking of owning this bike, start hitting the gym and workout your left arm. If you manage to grow arm like Dwayne Johnson or Arnold Schwarznegger then, perhaps, you won't feel the pain. Also, the bike starts moving when the clutch is 50% disengaged. So I have to use my full strength and hold the clutch fully in traffic so that the bike doesn't move forward. It adds to the pain. I'll get the bike to start moving at 75% disengagement at first service.

        3) Gear shifts always engage with a *thud*, especially the upshifts. Any solution for that? Also, it's kinda difficult to find neutral.

        4) First chain slack occured at 354kms. Understadable because the bike delivers a lot of torque at rear wheel. Got the chain tightened today and lubed it.

        5) Engine pulls like crazy, regardless if you have a pillion or not. The kind of traffic, which you can't overtake on a 150-200cc bike, can be done effortlessly on the Duke 390 coz it has ample of power. Just once, I touched 157kmph on a straight road with a pillion and we both sitting fully upright. It could have easily crossed 160kmph but then I realised that the bike is still in run-in period and let go off the throttle. 100kmph at 6th gear comes at just 5400-5500kmph. At that speed, it feels that the bike is doing 60-70kmph. Engine brake-in is so high that the rate at which the revvs build up is same as the rate at which the revvs fall down when you let go off the throttle. A typical sports engine characteristic. I love it.

        6) Engine sounds eargasmic after 5000rpm. It also ACTUALLY starts pulling after 5000rpm.

        7) In city, the console shows anywhere between 23-28kmpl. Max I've got is 35kmpl till now on highways, when you're cruising between 70-80kmph on 6th gear.

        8) Tyres are excellent. It has ample grip. Cornering is easy on this bike.

        9) ABS works effectively. No wheel locks yet. I've noticed one peculiar thing. If I suddenly press the rear brake very hard, I hear a 'thack' sound few times (depending on what speed you're doing. Greater the speed, more number of times that sound appears) . However, the wheel doesn't lock.

        Overall, I'm very very satisfied with the bike. It gets a lot of attention. Some of the common questions asked by people.

        "Kaunsi company ka bike hai?" (What is the name of the company of the bike?)

        "Kitne ka hai?" (How much does it cost?)

        "Kitna engine hai usme? Ek ya do?" (How many engines does this bike have? One or two?)

        "Kitna cc hai?" (How much is the cubic capacity of the bike?)

        "Kitna deti hai?" (What is the fuel efficiency of the bike?)

        One kid said, "woow yaar iska tyre kitna bada hai. Shayad Yamaha hoga!" (Wow the tyres of this bike are so big. I think, the make is Yamaha)

        Below are the pics of my bike. Waiting for registration number to arrive so that I can take this bike for rides.





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        Last edited by tusharsmoily; 01-14-2014, 11:40 PM.

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        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

          Originally posted by Venkatesh Velmani View Post
          I noticed the same thing on my bike today. The lines are faint after 9.5K; however, I have reached 155Kmph in the 5th gear on my bike. I have crossed 160Kmph few times in the 6th gear. I've never noticed the RMP reading at those sppeds though! :/

          Can anyone else confirm if the lines are faint after 9.5K RPM on their bike as well?
          it does faint after 9.5k, i heard some saying that their bike is not going beyond 9.5k rpm so tried noticing this time &
          Mine goes up to 10500 RPM , although after hitting 10.5k rpm the engine acts like its being choked and restrains going any further i guess this is normal !
          I checked it several times on 2,3 & 4th Gear ! I don't have any long stretch of vacant road near by to test on 5th or 6th Gear!
          Last edited by rick_7428; 01-15-2014, 12:54 AM.

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          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

            Originally posted by tusharsmoily View Post
            Overall, I'm very very satisfied with the bike. It gets a lot of attention. Some of the common questions asked by people.

            "Kaunsi company ka bike hai?" (What is the name of the company of the bike?)

            "Kitne ka hai?" (How much does it cost?)

            "Kitna engine hai usme? Ek ya do?" (How many engines does this bike have? One or two?)

            "Kitna cc hai?" (How much is the cubic capacity of the bike?)

            "Kitna deti hai?" (What is the fuel efficiency of the bike?)

            One kid said, "woow yaar iska tyre kitna bada hai. Shayad Yamaha hoga!" (Wow the tyres of this bike are so big. I think, the make is Yamaha)
            One of the most baffling questions - Does this bike have an AC and I was like - is he making fun, but no, this guy was dead serious!!!

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            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

              Originally posted by Venkatesh Velmani View Post
              Yeah, I think this is the case with all the bikes. I did rev it hard yesterday and the RPM bar does cross 9.5K. From 9.5K to 10.5K it is grayed out.
              Its greyed out to show redline....just like in analog rpm meter top send is redline

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              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                Originally posted by akhilash95 View Post
                Can the hand guards be bought individual or it is sold only as a pair?


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                When I check here in bangalore, they are only sold in pair.

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                • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  Rc390 launch by early next month.. I was told by them that rc390 will b priced 10-15k more than d390 . Same goes with the rc200 ..


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                  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                    Originally posted by social View Post
                    Got it. I'll have them check the spark plug, as well as the fuel filter even I go in for the wiring replacement. Also have them check the entire clutch thing.

                    Also this morning I got a call saying that bajaj is hosting some feedback session somewhere in East of Kailash on Saturday 11.30 am. Did anyone else get an invite?
                    Dint get any such call. Which showroom did you get your bike from??

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                    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                      Originally posted by rick_7428 View Post
                      it does faint after 9.5k, i heard some saying that their bike is not going beyond 9.5k rpm so tried noticing this time &
                      Mine goes up to 10500 RPM , although after hitting 10.5k rpm the engine acts like its being choked and restrains going any further i guess this is normal !
                      I checked it several times on 2,3 & 4th Gear ! I don't have any long stretch of vacant road near by to test on 5th or 6th Gear!
                      Bars after 9.5k RPM at start up are faint... this is there in all bikes...

                      Bike does go till 10.5k RPM, checked on my bike as the bike started flashing the Shift indicator which is set at 10.5k RPM...

                      The ECU interupts post 10.5k, hence the effect...

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

                      Originally posted by tusharsmoily View Post
                      Did around 430 kms on my bike. Here's my impression of it.

                      1) I can engage the second gear only at the speed of atleast 18kmph. Otherwise, the engine knocks.

                      2) Clutch is soo tight that your palms literally pain when you're in a crawling traffic. If you're thinking of owning this bike, start hitting the gym and workout your left arm. If you manage to grow arm like Dwayne Johnson or Arnold Schwarznegger then, perhaps, you won't feel the pain. Also, the bike starts moving when the clutch is 50% disengaged. So I have to use my full strength and hold the clutch fully in traffic so that the bike doesn't move forward. It adds to the pain. I'll get the bike to start moving at 75% disengagement at first service.

                      3) Gear shifts always engage with a *thud*, especially the upshifts. Any solution for that? Also, it's kinda difficult to find neutral.

                      4) First chain slack occured at 354kms. Understadable because the bike delivers a lot of torque at rear wheel. Got the chain tightened today and lubed it.

                      5) Engine pulls like crazy, regardless if you have a pillion or not. The kind of traffic, which you can't overtake on a 150-200cc bike, can be done effortlessly on the Duke 390 coz it has ample of power. Just once, I touched 157kmph on a straight road with a pillion and we both sitting fully upright. It could have easily crossed 160kmph but then I realised that the bike is still in run-in period and let go off the throttle. 100kmph at 6th gear comes at just 5400-5500kmph. At that speed, it feels that the bike is doing 60-70kmph. Engine brake-in is so high that the rate at which the revvs build up is same as the rate at which the revvs fall down when you let go off the throttle. A typical sports engine characteristic. I love it.

                      6) Engine sounds eargasmic after 5000rpm. It also ACTUALLY starts pulling after 5000rpm.

                      7) In city, the console shows anywhere between 23-28kmpl. Max I've got is 35kmpl till now on highways, when you're cruising between 70-80kmph on 6th gear.

                      8) Tyres are excellent. It has ample grip. Cornering is easy on this bike.

                      9) ABS works effectively. No wheel locks yet. I've noticed one peculiar thing. If I suddenly press the rear brake very hard, I hear a 'thack' sound few times (depending on what speed you're doing. Greater the speed, more number of times that sound appears) . However, the wheel doesn't lock.

                      Overall, I'm very very satisfied with the bike. It gets a lot of attention. Some of the common questions asked by people.

                      "Kaunsi company ka bike hai?" (What is the name of the company of the bike?)

                      "Kitne ka hai?" (How much does it cost?)

                      "Kitna engine hai usme? Ek ya do?" (How many engines does this bike have? One or two?)

                      "Kitna cc hai?" (How much is the cubic capacity of the bike?)

                      "Kitna deti hai?" (What is the fuel efficiency of the bike?)

                      One kid said, "woow yaar iska tyre kitna bada hai. Shayad Yamaha hoga!" (Wow the tyres of this bike are so big. I think, the make is Yamaha)

                      Below are the pics of my bike. Waiting for registration number to arrive so that I can take this bike for rides.





                      Sent from my GT-I9300 using xBhp Connect mobile app
                      The bike would be able to crawl in the second gear after covering 1000+ kms...

                      The big cyclinder strugles at low RPM's, dont mistaken the jerks at low RPM to engine knocking...

                      Use gloves and three fingers for clutch, while in traffic try to put it in neutral so that your hand wont pain or feel numb...

                      Use tip of the boot with very little pressure for engaging neutral...
                      Last edited by viper3683; 01-15-2014, 01:33 PM.

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                      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                        Originally posted by nelson_sanjoy View Post
                        Does anyone know of a good paddock stand for duke .
                        Honestly I don't want to spend so much for a KTM logo.

                        Also are there any stock Off-road tyres for Duke rims?
                        Anyone ??? any Duke 200 owner tried to put any off-road tires or paddock stand.

                        Originally posted by tusharsmoily View Post
                        Did around 430 kms on my bike. Here's my impression of it.

                        1) I can engage the second gear only at the speed of atleast 18kmph. Otherwise, the engine knocks.

                        2) Clutch is soo tight that your palms literally pain when you're in a crawling traffic. If you're thinking of owning this bike, start hitting the gym and workout your left arm. If you manage to grow arm like Dwayne Johnson or Arnold Schwarznegger then, perhaps, you won't feel the pain. Also, the bike starts moving when the clutch is 50% disengaged. So I have to use my full strength and hold the clutch fully in traffic so that the bike doesn't move forward. It adds to the pain. I'll get the bike to start moving at 75% disengagement at first service.
                        You should be able to roll with out any throttle input in first and second . The torque at that RPM & gear is enough to pull you and your bike but be careful to not stall the bike.
                        I guess your clutch is a bit too hard since I don't remember putting as much effort for clutching. I would suggest you get a good riding gloves if not already, the throttle grip is too hard to give you hard corns very soon.

                        Originally posted by tusharsmoily View Post

                        "Kaunsi company ka bike hai?" (What is the name of the company of the bike?)

                        "Kitne ka hai?" (How much does it cost?)

                        "Kitna engine hai usme? Ek ya do?" (How many engines does this bike have? One or two?)

                        "Kitna cc hai?" (How much is the cubic capacity of the bike?)

                        "Kitna deti hai?" (What is the fuel efficiency of the bike?)

                        One kid said, "woow yaar iska tyre kitna bada hai. Shayad Yamaha hoga!" (Wow the tyres of this bike are so big. I think, the make is Yamaha)
                        This bike makes you an instant star . Everyone here would have got this questions at some point.
                        But beat this, this happened to me last Friday while coming back from office.

                        Onlooker : What is this bike ?
                        ME : KTM
                        Onlooker : Where is the silencer?
                        Me : Its down below the engine,a very small chamber...
                        Onlooker : Thats why it makes sooo much sound
                        Me : Baffled and flabbergasted hahaha

                        Originally posted by AmitRavi07 View Post
                        One of the most baffling questions - Does this bike have an AC and I was like - is he making fun, but no, this guy was dead serious!!!
                        Good one ...

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                        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                          Originally posted by nelson_sanjoy View Post
                          Anyone ??? any Duke 200 owner tried to put any off-road tires or paddock stand.
                          Paddock stand can be made from any local fabricator, should cost you anything from 1000/- onwards.
                          Ceat Vertigo is the off-road-ish tyre that I've seen on the D200, google it
                          The only thing standing in your way, the ONLY thing you can count on, at any given time.. Is YOU

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                          • Need help guys, I foolishly sprayed anti rust on the disc and the pads. Now brakes won't work and disc is heating up...u think it will work once I run it in....I am going on a loooong ride tomorrow. Workshop closed today shud I change the pads and leave?

                            Cleaned with mr muscle, now it's a little better....suggestions please.
                            Last edited by The Monk; 01-15-2014, 05:18 PM. Reason: Consecutive posts. Please use Multiquote

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                            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                              Originally posted by SDS17 View Post
                              Dint get any such call. Which showroom did you get your bike from??
                              Dewan Motors.

                              Also got a call from Kirti Nagar SC. Some engineer is coming over tomorrow and once he sees my bike, will replace the entire wiring in the bike. Will also talk to him about the high frequency buzz as well as the engine stalling while depressing the clutch.
                              कृपया यहाँ पर ज्ञान न बांटे
                              यहाँ पर सभी ज्ञानी हैं |

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                              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                                Originally posted by nelson_sanjoy View Post
                                Anyone ??? any Duke 200 owner tried to put any off-road tires or paddock stand.


                                You should be able to roll with out any throttle input in first and second . The torque at that RPM & gear is enough to pull you and your bike but be careful to not stall the bike.
                                I guess your clutch is a bit too hard since I don't remember putting as much effort for clutching. I would suggest you get a good riding gloves if not already, the throttle grip is too hard to give you hard corns very soon.


                                This bike makes you an instant star . Everyone here would have got this questions at some point.
                                But beat this, this happened to me last Friday while coming back from office.

                                Onlooker : What is this bike ?
                                ME : KTM
                                Onlooker : Where is the silencer?
                                Me : Its down below the engine,a very small chamber...
                                Onlooker : Thats why it makes sooo much sound
                                Me : Baffled and flabbergasted hahaha


                                Good one ...
                                Nelson, try this link and register your self for a custom made paddock stand for Rs 800 - https://www.facebook.com/notes/ktm-3...42230485899260

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