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  • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

    Originally posted by ayu135 View Post
    I was worried about the oil being synthetic. Well people told me to avoid synthetic oil before 1000-2000km hence the panic.
    Synthetic oils are basically have more viscosity than mineral oils hence they slow down the run in process. However 390 generates quit a heat and can manage even with synthetic oil.

    Untill you use proper or suitable oil grade, i guess there is nothing to worry.

    I am using 300v after the first service.
    2007 - Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme
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    2009 - Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme
    2013 - KTM 390 Duke
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    • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

      Originally posted by krashnburn View Post
      There are different schools of thought about engine oil change related to break in/run in. Some of us like to run it in hard and do a quick oil change right at the beginning (100kms - 300 kms seems to common these days). After this people wait for the next oil change during first service. Yours truly is also guilty of this unorthodox run in. For more details Google - Motoman run in. More sources have confirmed that using mineral oil during run in is better for the engine than using FS, at least for the 3 - 5k kms. I am using Motul 3000 15w50 and have clocked 950 kms. I will use the same brand and rated oil for my official oil change during the service in a couple of days. Will continue till 2nd service. I am perfectly comfortable doing this especially after I noticed that the bike has gotten pretty smooth since it crossed 400 kms.


      Errr... if the particles were large enough to be seen in plain sight in the oil, they would have scarred your engine by now. So I sincerely hope you were just exaggerating it a tiny bit.
      The metal partials are very much visible as I changed the oil myself very clearly saw them and it's nothing to get surprised or amused its very much normal..

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      • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

        Originally posted by deepak82 View Post
        The metal partials are very much visible as I changed the oil myself very clearly saw them and it's nothing to get surprised or amused its very much normal..
        One more thing the partials cannot be seen in the oil they were visible on the stainer

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        • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

          Finally a ray of hope in the dark tunnel! After many day of trying, was able to talk to KTM Bundgarden Pune people. Apparently, all their phone lines had some issue since many days.

          Came to know my number is 27 on the outstanding list, and the showroom person told me very confidently that I would get my bike before end of next week (which means 4 months from booking). Better late than never!

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          • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

            Originally posted by rohitsapru View Post
            Finally a ray of hope in the dark tunnel! After many day of trying, was able to talk to KTM Bundgarden Pune people. Apparently, all their phone lines had some issue since many days.

            Came to know my number is 27 on the outstanding list, and the showroom person told me very confidently that I would get my bike before end of next week (which means 4 months from booking). Better late than never!
            I believe them,I got a call too

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            • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

              Anyone tried the smallish windshield which come as a powerpart in India for 2500 bucks.
              it looks too Small for doing any good at high speed on highways.

              For aftermarket ones, waiting for long term reviews at high speed.
              MRN seems too costly.

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              • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

                Still no news about bike delivery in kanpur . Next week it will be four months and counting from the booking. Not even display and test drive vehicle available. Very pathetic response from ktm and bajaj. Dealer has no info regarding dispatch of bikes from factory. Dissapointed to core. Everyday i think of cancelling.

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                • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

                  Originally posted by nitin_sports View Post
                  Anyone tried the smallish windshield which come as a powerpart in India for 2500 bucks.
                  it looks too Small for doing any good at high speed on highways.

                  For aftermarket ones, waiting for long term reviews at high speed.
                  MRN seems too costly.
                  I have the powerpart windscreen, but haven't tested it on the bike (I like the smaller one that comes as stock, will use it only on long-trips). I have not done much highway riding on the bike, but at 100-120 kms, I felt little to no wind blast with the stock screen. i think the power parts one will be good enough for speeds upto 140-150. Please remember its not the size that matters as much as the angle of the screen.

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                  • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

                    Guys found this on FB


                    Mahipat Chauhan


                    Finally !!!

                    Booking Date - 09-10-2013
                    Delivery Date - 13-10-2013

                    https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/366597573465980/

                    can it be true ???

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                    • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

                      Originally posted by AmitRavi07 View Post
                      I have the powerpart windscreen, but haven't tested it on the bike (I like the smaller one that comes as stock, will use it only on long-trips). I have not done much highway riding on the bike, but at 100-120 kms, I felt little to no wind blast with the stock screen. i think the power parts one will be good enough for speeds upto 140-150. Please remember its not the size that matters as much as the angle of the screen.
                      Thanks amit..
                      yeah there is no windblast till 120 etc..
                      but holding on 130-140 for long, there is a definite discomfort.. 160ish get bad.. whenever you try it on, do let me know..

                      I am in pune.. your location?

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                      • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

                        Thank you Xbhp and all my fellow bikers for what I have today. Yes, I finally got my KTM Duke 390 on October 4, 2013, Friday evening at around 4 pm.

                        Sorry for the late write-up as I was not able to get into the internet much after that. We all know how it is; the wait, the talk, the discussions, the conclusions, the irritation, frustration, etc, etc before we got our bikes, but the moment I got it, I forgot everything and just started to enjoy the ride. The delivery was as planned. I was there when the lot arrived in a closed container truck. There were some 6 duke 390s, 2 ninja 300s, 1 ninja 650, and 25 duke 200s. I was allowed to choose 1 from the 6 the next day and I took my family to select one and the bike was delivered 6 days after that day as there was Gandhi Jayanthi in between and the RTO had some scheduled days for every showroom. I saw my bike once again prior to delivery and the PDI was completed and was ready for registration. I was given an option to choose the registration number if I wanted with a payment of Rs. 2500 and I too chose a number which I liked and was satisfied. I wanted the # 390, but we were not in the series at that time, so could not get it. So as scheduled, everything was done and I went for delivery on Oct 4, Friday evening by 3.30 pm and the bike was ready with the registration number. I asked the service people to remove the saree guard, tyre hugger, and hand guards and they did so, I brought a big backpack with me to accommodate them and packed it in the bag. Bought a bike cover, tank lid sticker, and tank pad and installed those before delivery. Got a KTM keychain, some custom made locally by the showroom guys I guess. Not even the keychain was given free. Not a single rupee discount. Everything on payment and that was actually bad. But I did not want to make my delivery time a mess and just paid for everything and was happy to take it. I had already purchased a SOL metalman 68SII helmet, DSG riding jacket, and Cramster summer gloves, but just brought the helmet for delivery as to get used to the bike first. All went well, started the bike, waved goodbye and thanks to the staffs, moved to a pump, filled premium petrol for Rs. 500 and went on. Bike stalled once in a signal nearby and refused to start, pushed it to the side and switched off and on the kill switch and pressed the starter alone and it fired up. Went to a church nearby, prayed, did some offering and took it home. That weekend, took the 390 to a Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty-Kotagiri-Coonoor-Mettupalayam-Coimbatore trip. Had a night's stay there and the bike did pretty well in the hills. Pickup was awesome and I never saw any other vehicle that overtook me the whole trip. All my family members loved it. Waiting for the first service, after which I am taking it to Kollam, Kerala for a trip to my wife's place. I love the 390 and it is worth the wait and our money.


                        Regarding break-in, I just drove it normally as I used to ride any other bike, but definitely faster though since the bike never liked riding it slow. I feel I have been riding it a little hard than I normally do or can. Never seen the rpm reading any time while riding and actually it is hard to see it, I guess the rpm limiter was not set during PDI. Wanted to change the oil and filter now at 350 kms, but the service engineer says it is fine to change it at 1000 kms and that is the recommendation. Also he says he can only change to Motul fully synthetic and the oil change and regular service would cost around 2.5k or more, so I opted to change it at 1000 kms before my Kerala trip.

                        Positives:
                        1. Pickup, pickup, pick up.
                        2. Technology
                        3. Kms per liter, guess I get around or above 30 kmpl, which I feel is great.
                        4. Tyres and brakes, really great and inspires confidence.
                        5. Does not gather too much of a crowd here, guess people are used to the 200's design now.

                        Issues faced:
                        1. I feel a noise somewhere in the front right when we lean in the corners, felt most on my trip to Ooty. It is somewhat of a paper crushing noise from the front head or somewhere near the fork, only when we lean to the left or right side. On straight roads, no such sounds, got to check it during the service.
                        2. Gears are a little clunky, not a major issues though. The clutch pull is really heavy and it pains during heavy traffic and slow runs. There is always a thug sound when shifting from 1st to 2nd or vice versa at low speeds. Finding neutral is not an issue as I had a RX100 prior to this, and it works fine.
                        3. Engine heat is a real issue in traffic, it gets very hot, but never to the maximum. As the kms extends, I feel the heating issue is coming down.
                        3. Suspension is too hard for bad roads, can feel the pain.
                        4. Seats are really hard and it aches on long rides.
                        5. Hand grips are low quality and hard, never look premium, not a match for the KTM.
                        6. Gets dirty very very quickly.

                        Suggestion: Some parts like the hand guards, hand grips, bar end weights, body graphics, radiator joints, wires, etc could have been made with a higher quality material. These really look cheap and never a match for KTM's heritage and the price we pay.

                        All said, I am really happy with my decision of buying the KTM Duke 390 and it is worth it folks. Enjoy, cheers.
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                        • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

                          Guys, I'm facing some issues with my Duke 390, and due to my busy job, couldn't check out more than 10 pages from this thread.

                          I received the bike with 1 Kms on its odometer. Others in the showroom got them with 0 on the meter. Right now, it has 230 kms or so.

                          I have followed running in, but didn't exceed 5000 rpm for the first 160 kms trip, from Jaipur to Ajmer. Took 3 breaks too during this trip. Now, I have started touching 6000 rpm occasionally.

                          1. The rpm at idle is going up and down by 1-2 bars on the digital display, even when throttle is not touched. This is not during morning, this is after a ride. Is it normal? Is it running lean?

                          2. The bike doesn't start sometimes in mid traffic. This starting problem is slowly getting on my nerves. Its embarrassing both in traffic & workplace. My P{ulsar starts in one crank, and Duke doesn't start in 4.

                          3. I hear some strange sounds while riding it. I can't make out whether these are from engine or from elsewhere. They come occasionally while riding.


                          Heating is not a big problem, as my work place is anyways on an open road, and barely 4 kms away from home. Can anyone who's kept pace with this thread help me out?
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                          • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

                            Originally posted by Samarth 619 View Post
                            Guys, I'm facing some issues with my Duke 390, and due to my busy job, couldn't check out more than 10 pages from this thread.

                            I received the bike with 1 Kms on its odometer. Others in the showroom got them with 0 on the meter. Right now, it has 230 kms or so.

                            I have followed running in, but didn't exceed 5000 rpm for the first 160 kms trip, from Jaipur to Ajmer. Took 3 breaks too during this trip. Now, I have started touching 6000 rpm occasionally.

                            1. The rpm at idle is going up and down by 1-2 bars on the digital display, even when throttle is not touched. This is not during morning, this is after a ride. Is it normal? Is it running lean?

                            2. The bike doesn't start sometimes in mid traffic. This starting problem is slowly getting on my nerves. Its embarrassing both in traffic & workplace. My P{ulsar starts in one crank, and Duke doesn't start in 4.

                            3. I hear some strange sounds while riding it. I can't make out whether these are from engine or from elsewhere. They come occasionally while riding.


                            Heating is not a big problem, as my work place is anyways on an open road, and barely 4 kms away from home. Can anyone who's kept pace with this thread help me out?

                            Hi! Congrats on your new ride!! I am not a D390 owner however I can relate to few points that you mentioned.

                            Regarding rpm fluctuating 1 or 2 bars, I have noticed same on my bike, and I was told by svc it is normal. Also, regarding the noise, I guess it is from the tail, which is very long and thin, and makes a noise quite frequently. Another source of noise is when the chain touches the bottom part of the swing arm. Swing arm if you noticed is not parallel, but trapezoidal with bulge at the centre. The chain frequently hits the bottom portion of swing arm and creates noise.

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                            • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

                              Originally posted by Samarth 619 View Post
                              The bike doesn't start sometimes in mid traffic. This starting problem is slowly getting on my nerves. Its embarrassing both in traffic & workplace. My P{ulsar starts in one crank, and Duke doesn't start in 4.
                              I had the same problem when i took a test ride of the 390. Once the engine shuts down, no amount of cranking could get it running again. The only thing that worked was turning the key to the off position and then back on. Even then it needed a fair amount of cranking. Just wanted to pitch in with my experience with the bike, i hope 390 owners can give a more definite answer...

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                              • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

                                Originally posted by Samarth 619 View Post
                                Guys, I'm facing some issues with my Duke 390, and due to my busy job, couldn't check out more than 10 pages from this thread.

                                I received the bike with 1 Kms on its odometer. Others in the showroom got them with 0 on the meter. Right now, it has 230 kms or so.

                                I have followed running in, but didn't exceed 5000 rpm for the first 160 kms trip, from Jaipur to Ajmer. Took 3 breaks too during this trip. Now, I have started touching 6000 rpm occasionally.

                                1. The rpm at idle is going up and down by 1-2 bars on the digital display, even when throttle is not touched. This is not during morning, this is after a ride. Is it normal? Is it running lean?

                                2. The bike doesn't start sometimes in mid traffic. This starting problem is slowly getting on my nerves. Its embarrassing both in traffic & workplace. My P{ulsar starts in one crank, and Duke doesn't start in 4.


                                3. I hear some strange sounds while riding it. I can't make out whether these are from engine or from elsewhere. They come occasionally while riding.


                                Heating is not a big problem, as my work place is anyways on an open road, and barely 4 kms away from home. Can anyone who's kept pace with this thread help me out?
                                1. Its not issue with bike. The display for rpm is not so detailed to show slight variations in rpm, hence you see the bars blinking all the time.

                                2. Never give throttle while starting the bike, It wont start so easily. If you get stalled. Turn off using the switch and turn on and start again. I always switch of the bike at signals and traffic and it never refused to start in 1509kms till now.

                                390 requires couple of more seconds of cranking than normal bikes to bring the engine to life.

                                3. It is probably chain slapping onto swingarm. I too hear the sound. Need to look for solution for it.
                                Last edited by riazmomin; 10-16-2013, 08:25 PM.
                                2007 - Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme
                                2008 - Yamaha YZF R15
                                2009 - Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme
                                2013 - KTM 390 Duke
                                2017 - Yamaha FZ25

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