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  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

    Originally posted by deville_56 View Post
    Yeah. The rubber cover over the metal rod.
    Got it! Thanks. Will go check the prices today and get them. Hope those mirrors make for better viewing? These stock ones are pretty small. Thanks

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    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

      Originally posted by judebrent View Post
      Got it! Thanks. Will go check the prices today and get them. Hope those mirrors make for better viewing? These stock ones are pretty small. Thanks
      There is great improvement, especially blindspots, particularly in city.
      #RetiredRider
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      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

        Originally posted by bikersdream View Post
        The heating issues due to prolonged use of bike in slow moving traffic, resulting into problem is not with KTM only.
        That is present with all the high power bikes, it could be duke, ninja, r3, banelli, 600cc class.
        All these bikes if you used in slow traffic where you can't go beyond 20-30 most of the time will get heated lot still they will continue to work without much issues, but eventually a day will com, may be after 6-8 months of use in such slow moving traffic, when bikes will start giving problem reasons because of prolonged use in slow moving traffic resulting into engine or cooling system damage.

        Now some of you may say problem is not there with others say ninja or r3 or banelli etc and its only with ktm.
        but how many of you seen ninja r3 or banelli in slow moving traffic every day as compared to ktms?

        I personally haven't seen r3 or banelli in Pune on road till date, forget to see them in traffic. :-)
        But seen many duke and rcs even in traffic.

        So point is that friends understand that these powerful bikes are designed to perform well at considerably higher speeds say 50 kmph+?
        If you continue to use them at slow speeds over longer periods, yes they will work but will get damaged eventually.

        So better to use activa or 100cc bikes in city.
        Its just my personal opinion, no hard feelings.

        was going through r3 thread, found that even r3 has problem of overheating and stalling

        http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/motorcyc...ml#post1201088

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        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

          Originally posted by nilesh9777 View Post
          was going through r3 thread, found that even r3 has problem of overheating and stalling

          http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/motorcyc...ml#post1201088
          Duke 390 doesn't have any problem of stalling. At least in my bike. Just that you have to clutch ride to avoid it. Fully certified by me.
          Yes, lil heating is there no doubt. But, getting the bike @ Rs.2.2 lakh otr itself negates it and in fact makes it insignificant.

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          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

            Originally posted by deville_56 View Post
            There is great improvement, especially blindspots, particularly in city.
            How about the Karizma R mirror? Older models of 2012! I think they'll be a good fit as well..

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            Originally posted by jack_daniels View Post
            Duke 390 doesn't have any problem of stalling. At least in my bike. Just that you have to clutch ride to avoid it. Fully certified by me.
            Yes, lil heating is there no doubt. But, getting the bike @ Rs.2.2 lakh otr itself negates it and in fact makes it insignificant.

            Please can you shed some light on "clutch ride" ? Thanks

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            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

              Originally posted by judebrent View Post
              How about the Karizma R mirror? Older models of 2012! I think they'll be a good fit as well..

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              Please can you shed some light on "clutch ride" ? Thanks
              You can ride the bike by leaving clutch and not using the accelerator. This way it would move at a constant speed of 9-10 km/hr. Useful during slow moving traffic.

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              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                Originally posted by deville_56 View Post
                I am using Tribocor lube, but not cleaner. It's more wetter than Motul and holds longer, but messy all over rim. Have to lube at least an hour before taking bike to minimize splashing on rims, but it stays on longer than Motul. It's VFM than Motul. 360 bucks for 500ml compared to 550 for Motul, the reason why I am still sticking with it. The can is more pressurized and I have already did almost 10 sprays and still there is enough for at least 2 left.
                Thanks for quick reply mate. I see there are 2 variants for cleaner.
                Chain cleaner spray (TC 208) & Heavy duty cleaner (Tc 28)..

                Also in lube they have,
                Chain lube spray (TC 40) & Super lube spray (TC 205)..

                Any idea on this ? Which one do you use ???
                Not only Great power comes with great responsibility but also with Great RISK !!! Referring to SBKs...

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                • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  Originally posted by faizan.ali View Post
                  You can ride the bike by leaving clutch and not using the accelerator. This way it would move at a constant speed of 9-10 km/hr. Useful during slow moving traffic.

                  That's what I'm doing anyways Thanks

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                  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                    Originally posted by Veeral View Post
                    Thanks for quick reply mate. I see there are 2 variants for cleaner.
                    Chain cleaner spray (TC 208) & Heavy duty cleaner (Tc 28)..

                    Also in lube they have,
                    Chain lube spray (TC 40) & Super lube spray (TC 205)..

                    Any idea on this ? Which one do you use ???
                    I'm using TC40 alone, never bought cleaners.
                    #RetiredRider
                    #KeyboardWarrior

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                    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                      Hi guys!
                      We had a small dispute - how life of the engine from a 390 ktm? Now i have 18000km
                      Many people say that after 20k worth waiting for surprises.
                      Service timely -from an authorized dealer.
                      trips mode - calm. Only in the city. Long winter for 5 maunth. Motorcycle is not used at all for this time, it stands in the garage. Season begins in March, ends in October.

                      In spite of the sparing conditions, many argue that the life of the engine is small.
                      What's your assessment?

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                      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                        Originally posted by Gluk View Post
                        Hi guys!
                        We had a small dispute - how life of the engine from a 390 ktm? Now i have 18000km
                        Many people say that after 20k worth waiting for surprises.
                        Service timely -from an authorized dealer.
                        trips mode - calm. Only in the city. Long winter for 5 maunth. Motorcycle is not used at all for this time, it stands in the garage. Season begins in March, ends in October.

                        In spite of the sparing conditions, many argue that the life of the engine is small.
                        What's your assessment?

                        I don't quite understand what you're trying to say, but if you're asking about the D390's engine life. I know friends who've clocked closed to 35K kms in 2 years and are going strong.

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                        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                          Originally posted by Gluk View Post
                          Hi guys!
                          We had a small dispute - how life of the engine from a 390 ktm? Now i have 18000km
                          Many people say that after 20k worth waiting for surprises.
                          Service timely -from an authorized dealer.
                          trips mode - calm. Only in the city. Long winter for 5 maunth. Motorcycle is not used at all for this time, it stands in the garage. Season begins in March, ends in October.

                          In spite of the sparing conditions, many argue that the life of the engine is small.
                          What's your assessment?
                          I think no need to worry much for you brother. As cold increases engine life. As against hot weather like India which is hot throughout the year.
                          Which engine oil u use? Motul 7100 is best for KTM Duke. Motul 300v is better but might not be gud for the long term (i.e. engine life); as per what my mechanic told me.

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                          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                            Originally posted by jack_daniels View Post
                            Which engine oil u use?
                            using Motorex formula 4t 10w40. In the manual says to use motorex 15w50 but I could not find this oil in my city.
                            think it's not a big difference considering the temperate climate

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                            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                              Originally posted by judebrent View Post
                              While I agree better tires do a better job, it cannot quite substitute what ABS does in wheel lock situations! Enjoy your ride
                              True that. But then each person have their own preferences.

                              Yes, you can find just that over there, if an exhaustive review is wheat you want, might take time, as I do not have much of free time now a days, totally swamped with work.

                              Cheers
                              Ride Safe
                              Krishna
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                              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Ownership Reviews and Experiences

                                Originally posted by Gluk View Post
                                using Motorex formula 4t 10w40. In the manual says to use motorex 15w50 but I could not find this oil in my city.
                                think it's not a big difference considering the temperate climate
                                Bro, ur using the wrong grade of oil IMO. AFAIK u can change the former portion of 15W50, i.e. 10W50 or 20W50. But, u can't change the later part of the equation, like 15W40, 15W30, etc.

                                Update: Did 1st servicing today @ 1003 kms. Bike has become awesome and really smooth now. Servicing here is very good. I'm fully satisfied. [emoji4] Beginning to see the full 44bhp power of the Duke unfold now.😀😀
                                Svc tuning the rpm, abs, service interval, etc:
                                Last edited by jack_daniels; 01-23-2016, 04:12 PM.

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