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  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

    Originally posted by judebrent View Post
    What's the reason that the SVC guys give for the fan konking off?
    First time it was fan not working, second time it was fan working but not at good enough speed and this time the same reason regarding fan speed not good enough.

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    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

      Originally posted by Chandan92 View Post
      First time it was fan not working, second time it was fan working but not at good enough speed and this time the same reason regarding fan speed not good enough.

      DO we get a better quality after market fan than the one they use?

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      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

        Originally posted by judebrent View Post
        DO we get a better quality after market fan than the one they use?
        I have no idea of this but if it's available I would surely install it because in overheating problem most of the time radiator fan is faulty.

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        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

          Originally posted by Chandan92 View Post
          I have no idea of this but if it's available I would surely install it because in overheating problem most of the time radiator fan is faulty.

          It all zeroes in on a poor quality fan, which is nothing short of pathetic!

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          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

            Yesterday noticed that my speedometer is continuously showing 0 at any speed, first time stopped the bike turn off the ignition and then speedo started working as usual but again after some time it gone... another problem it triggered was ABS light started glowing continuously...

            They checked many things like battery/fuse/speedo cable then finally they decided to change the speedometer cable and then all fine ( no charge as under warranty).....but observed one thing during test drive that as soon the speedometer shows 1 KMPH also the ABS light will go off...... but in last 11 months period i have observed that ABS light used go off only when the bike reach 10kmph speed... for this again i checked with the service center guys for which he initially confirmed that it should go off only after 10kmph speed....then he started checking all the other bikes which were kept for servicing (we checked 4 bikes) in all these bikes also ABS light was going by the time the bike reach either 1 to 3kmph speed.....just wanted to check with others as well is this is the default behaviour in everybody's bike....

            I tried some hard breaking as well can hear that tak tak sound and wheels are not getting locked....so hope all fine...

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            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

              Originally posted by Chandan92 View Post
              Hello guys, facing one more issue, day before yesterday I had a ride of around 150km and when I returned home I saw coolant was empty ( I could say nil ), took bike to SVC next day they topped up but today morning when I checked it again coolant was at min level again. What fault could be ? Coolant mixing with engine oil ?
              Originally posted by Chandan92 View Post
              UPDATE : Coolant & overheating issue which I was facing was because of yet another faulty radiator fan, when I went to SVC today they again insisted me everything is fine but when I forced them to check bike again, bike shut off at neutral after 5-6 minutes. New fan was installed and air flow in this fan is downwards.

              It's very frustrating to visit SVC every now and then for these types of issues, I really doubt long term reliability of this bike.

              A small advice to Ktm-bajaj from my side increase prices of bikes around 15-20k but eliminate these issues.
              Did changing the radiator fan solve your coolant level drop issue? Also, you've stated overheating, just a little insight, would be great, did you feel that the heat generated is too much or did you see HCT display on your speedo?

              Cheers!
              VJ
              Last edited by B7ACKTHORN; 01-06-2016, 08:11 PM.
              Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?'
              The girl said, 'NO!'


              And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.


              THE END

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              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                Originally posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
                Did changing the radiator fan solve your coolant level drop issue?

                Cheers!
                VJ
                Sir I have to test it for few kms but yesterday it dropped within 6-7kms.

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                • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                  Hi guys, a very painful post. My 390 has done about 14k in the past 25 months. As you can guess not a very enthu rider. Currently, the engine is heating up for no apparent reason. It's like the bike stalls in reasonable traffic. I'm facing this is sure only since the last couple of weeks. Any idea what could be wrong? I'm standing on the side of the road while typing this...its so sad. Love the bike but I'm starting to dislike it somewhere

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                  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                    Originally posted by Chandan92 View Post
                    Sir I have to test it for few kms but yesterday it dropped within 6-7kms.
                    Try bleeding the radiator, by flushing it and filling in fresh charge of coolant and then see how it fares.

                    Originally posted by Serene George Thomas View Post
                    Hi guys, a very painful post. My 390 has done about 14k in the past 25 months. As you can guess not a very enthu rider. Currently, the engine is heating up for no apparent reason. It's like the bike stalls in reasonable traffic. I'm facing this is sure only since the last couple of weeks. Any idea what could be wrong? I'm standing on the side of the road while typing this...its so sad. Love the bike but I'm starting to dislike it somewhere
                    Check the coolant level, is it high or is it low on the can? Did you hear the fan working before the stall?

                    Cheers!
                    VJ
                    Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?'
                    The girl said, 'NO!'


                    And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.


                    THE END

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                    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                      Hello friends, [emoji3]

                      Well i may be getting the 390 Duke soon , (may be next month itself [emoji14] [emoji14] )

                      So my querry is , how does the 390 handle city speed breakers ..
                      I mean my 2009 bullet electra just eats small speed breakers ..
                      Meaning I can easily take them at 20-30 km /hr without having to slow down ..hehehhehe basically I just jump over them ...[emoji13] [emoji13]

                      Now can I do the same with the Duke 390 ??

                      Waiting for replies ...

                      Thanx in advance .[emoji106] [emoji106]

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                      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                        Originally posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
                        Try bleeding the radiator, by flushing it and filling in fresh charge of coolant and then see :
                        Sir, again it's empty just checked it today bike ran only 10 kms after getting fan replaced from SVC. Attaching pic.
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                        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                          What I'd suggest is drain the coolant, bleed it thoroughly, and install a fresh charge of coolant. Check the oil for any color change or frothiness and then see how it fares. That is a totally empty coolant container, it means either the coolant is vaporizing or mixing with engine oil.

                          Let's get the bleeding done and and see how it fares.

                          Cheers!
                          VJ
                          Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?'
                          The girl said, 'NO!'


                          And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.


                          THE END

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                          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                            Originally posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
                            What I'd suggest is drain the coolant, bleed it thoroughly, and install a fresh charge of coolant. Check the oil for any color change or frothiness and then see how it fares. That is a totally empty coolant container, it means either the coolant is vaporizing or mixing with engine oil.

                            Let's get the bleeding done and and see how it fares.

                            Cheers!
                            VJ
                            Ok sir I will keep you updated.

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                            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                              Originally posted by jack_daniels View Post
                              I'll check it asap. Thnx for the suggestion. Is it a non-trumpet horn? Any videos?
                              pl make some effort to google based on the horn model and description that i've mentioned.
                              let me do it for you this time:
                              Hella Yellow Panther Horn Set: Amazon.in: Car & Motorbike
                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58vclPVMsvY

                              make sure you get a 4 point relay (not the common 3 point mechanical one which is locally called a cut out) installed if you opt for these horns. both should work but a 4 point electronic one is better and resists water and heat better.

                              Also the pulsar 220's dual horns can be fitted. my svc said they will do it without cutting any wires and warranty intact.

                              Originally posted by Chandan92 View Post
                              Hello guys, facing one more issue, day before yesterday I had a ride of around 150km and when I returned home I saw coolant was empty ( I could say nil ), took bike to SVC next day they topped up but today morning when I checked it again coolant was at min level again. What fault could be ? Coolant mixing with engine oil ?
                              Please get the oil drained and checked. The expansion tank became empty because the coolant is sucked in to the radiator. now, normal operation will see a slight variation in the level in the expansion tank (because when hot and at a particular pressure the valve in the radiator cap opens and pushes coolant up in to the expansion tank, and on cooling down it is sucked back into the radiator).
                              since you mention the entire coolant vanishing twice, i strongly suggest you look for leaks and also check the engine oil (a milky white/cloudy appearing oil means the coolant has mixed with the oil).
                              Can you post a pic of the oil sight glass ?

                              And which month/year is your bike.. the fan pic that you posted is the open fan unit from pre-sept 2014 models. Post Sept 2014 bikes come with the fan unit that has a shroud that directs some amount of the hot air downwards.. the shroud and fan is one single piece and cannot be separated normally.
                              I have seen one case where a 2015 duke 200 had its fan replaced with the older model fan
                              I feel the open design makes heat dissipation better, and the shroud design is more to shield the rider from heat. Though am not sure if quality wise there has been any improvement between the two fans.

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                              Originally posted by Chandan92 View Post
                              Sir I have to test it for few kms but yesterday it dropped within 6-7kms.
                              Also please take pictures and shoot an email to bajaj customer care explaining your issue politely.
                              Last edited by s1d; 01-06-2016, 10:40 PM.

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                              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                                Originally posted by s1d View Post
                                Please get the oil drained and checked. The expansion tank became empty because the coolant is sucked in to the radiator. now, normal operation will see a slight variation in the level in the expansion tank (because when hot and at a particular pressure the valve in the radiator cap opens and pushes coolant up in to the expansion tank, and on cooling down it is sucked back into the radiator).
                                since you mention the entire coolant vanishing twice, i strongly suggest you look for leaks and also check the engine oil (a milky white/cloudy appearing oil means the coolant has mixed with the oil).
                                Can you post a pic of the oil sight glass ?

                                And which month/year is your bike.. the fan pic that you posted is the open fan unit from pre-sept 2014 models. Post Sept 2014 bikes come with the fan unit that has a shroud that directs some amount of the hot air downwards.. the shroud and fan is one single piece and cannot be separated normally.
                                I have seen one case where a 2015 duke 200 had its fan replaced with the older model fan
                                I feel the open design makes heat dissipation better, and the shroud design is more to shield the rider from heat. Though am not sure if quality wise there has been any improvement between the two fans.

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                                Also please take pictures and shoot an email to bajaj customer care explaining your issue politely.
                                Sir, thanks for your reply, radiator fan pic which I posted was second fan which was installed around 6 months back. Fan was quite hot when it was taken out and some rusting was also there on some parts. There are no leaks from hoses and mechanic checked engine oil whether coolant is mixing with it or not but he said everything is fine. Unfortunately I will have to again visit SVC and I will ask him to drain coolant and re-top up it. Today radiator fan which was installed has air flow downwards.

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