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

    Need a bit of info regarding tyre pressure guys. In the manual It says Front 25 psi and Rear 28.5 psi. With this the bike feels heavy and turns require a lot of effort. On the tyres themselves it is written 42 psi. For now I have put 29 upfront and 39 at rear. With this setup the bike feels more eager and the flickability, I feel has increased. Suggestions needed.

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

      @sidhusmart nice post about 390. nice observations. any setting for suspensions? i think i read, they are adjustable? what about tyre pressures? IMO tyre hugger is good in rainy and monsoon days.
      I'm a responsible rider.It doesn't matter what you ride,but what matters is how you ride.

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

        Hey riders out there,firstly,congrats on your rides.The question i wanted to ask that can we add another cylinder in the duke 390.I know this is a noob question and i may sound nerdy but i just wanted to know,coz m new to this world.Cheers,ride safe

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

          Is the first lot 390s getting delivered in Cochin tomorrow?15 bikes or so.had called up dealer for booking info and he said so.waiting period is up to(down to?) one month allegedly here.
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          • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

            Originally posted by senotrius View Post
            Is the first lot 390s getting delivered in Cochin tomorrow?15 bikes or so.had called up dealer for booking info and he said so.waiting period is up to(down to?) one month allegedly here.
            Yup ...the first lot has arrived. I just got back from the showroom and there are 15 bike right now. The second lot will arrive in two weeks time and i'll get mine hopefully ! ^_^
            There is no change in the waiting period. Till date a total of 60 390's have been booked in the vytila showroom.
            Last edited by 07.ananth; 10-19-2013, 06:16 PM.

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

              I don't own a 390 Duke, neither have I booked one nor do I intend on buying one anytime soon but just to make an analysis, took test ride of the beast today.
              I rode it for around 2-3 kms of open road and hit the rev limiter in the first three gears. Never got the chance to take it to 6th.

              My observations:
              1. Rolls off easily from 1st gear but below 4k rpm it doesn't feel like I'm riding a 375 cc. Feels like a 250 cc. Anything less than 20 km/h needs slotting into the first gear invariably. That's a slight disappointment because both 200 duke and my undergeared 200NS can take on potholes, speedbreakers and slow traffic in third gear and U-turns in second gear. Now I know there have been a lot of discussions on this being due to primary ratios, final gearing, tuning, etc. But I personally would have loved a wee bit more torque low down. Bike gets snatchy below 4k rpm.
              2. But after 4k rpm the engine truly begins opening up and makes mincemeat of anything on the road. Could touch 120 km/h in split seconds.
              3. Engine is not-so-refined and the torque curve has bumps.
              4. Gear shifts are kinda hard (but maybe they'll smoothen out after a few thousand kms).
              5. I was expecting the bike to scare me and had goosebumps before switching it on but after the ride I felt it to be so manageable, like it doesn't take itself too seriously.
              6. Personally, I didn't like the handguards.
              7. ABS was off when the key and kill switch were turned on. I thought it automatically comes on every time we switch on the bike.
              8. Even with ABS on, the rear skidded a little. The showroom guy said the ABS engages and disengages intermittently.
              9. Tyres are amazing!

              So were my observations correct or was there something wrong with the test bike (I meant regarding the ABS, power delivery, gearshifts, etc)?
              Sarcasm is my automatic response to stupidity.

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

                Originally posted by Aditya N Bharadwaj View Post
                I don't own a 390 Duke, neither have I booked one nor do I intend on buying one anytime soon but just to make an analysis, took test ride of the beast today.
                I rode it for around 2-3 kms of open road and hit the rev limiter in the first three gears. Never got the chance to take it to 6th.

                My observations:
                1. Rolls off easily from 1st gear but below 4k rpm it doesn't feel like I'm riding a 375 cc. Feels like a 250 cc. Anything less than 20 km/h needs slotting into the first gear invariably. That's a slight disappointment because both 200 duke and my undergeared 200NS can take on potholes, speedbreakers and slow traffic in third gear and U-turns in second gear. Now I know there have been a lot of discussions on this being due to primary ratios, final gearing, tuning, etc. But I personally would have loved a wee bit more torque low down. Bike gets snatchy below 4k rpm.
                2. But after 4k rpm the engine truly begins opening up and makes mincemeat of anything on the road. Could touch 120 km/h in split seconds.
                3. Engine is not-so-refined and the torque curve has bumps.
                4. Gear shifts are kinda hard (but maybe they'll smoothen out after a few thousand kms).
                5. I was expecting the bike to scare me and had goosebumps before switching it on but after the ride I felt it to be so manageable, like it doesn't take itself too seriously.
                6. Personally, I didn't like the handguards.
                7. ABS was off when the key and kill switch were turned on. I thought it automatically comes on every time we switch on the bike.
                8. Even with ABS on, the rear skidded a little. The showroom guy said the ABS engages and disengages intermittently.
                9. Tyres are amazing!

                So were my observations correct or was there something wrong with the test bike (I meant regarding the ABS, power delivery, gearshifts, etc)?
                i think you were mistaken, ABS do comes on when the bike is started, but let me guess what might have happened when u turn on the bike u dont see ABS indication, that is because indicator means that ABS has been turned off, hence the tyre slip when ABS is "ON", but then again that is just my guess.
                On a more serious note guys has anyone replaced your tires with mets? I'm going to get my 390 next week and I really need to know the cost of replacing the tyres with mets coz if they are really going to cost 24k they are out of my student budget, and will have to replace with MRFs, can really use some info from current owners of 390.
                cheers

                Edit: and also in helmet section supermoto or street helmet? i mean are supermoto helmets as safe as street helmets or they are just for looks?
                Last edited by LTMadhav; 10-19-2013, 09:04 PM.

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

                  http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m_P5UeT...3Dm_P5UeTCPKk#

                  The exhausts sounds awesome on the d200....
                  Just imagine it on the 390...

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

                    Guys need your help.

                    Changed the engine oil to Motul 3000T 15W50 today. Changed the oil filter as well. Cleaned the strainer which was with the drain nut. But screwed up in not cleaning the other strainer below the crankcase, which is marked in the manual as evacuation nut. Am thinking of draining the oil tomorrow through this evacuation nut and clean the strainer there. Then can I use the same oil again?

                    Or should I just forget about it and clean it at 1st service?

                    Thanks in advance!
                    www.teamrollers.com

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

                      Originally posted by Buro View Post
                      Need a bit of info regarding tyre pressure guys. In the manual It says Front 25 psi and Rear 28.5 psi. With this the bike feels heavy and turns require a lot of effort. On the tyres themselves it is written 42 psi. For now I have put 29 upfront and 39 at rear. With this setup the bike feels more eager and the flickability, I feel has increased. Suggestions needed.

                      Sent from my GT-I9100G using xBhp Connect mobile app
                      I use 29 on front and 34 on rear. It is decent for my weight. Also helps in little bit longer life of tires . You can see the contact patch and accordingly fill the air.

                      42PSI will make the ride Harsh and bone Jarring. I expect 39PSI to be also same. Try with the 29-34 setup and see. It is flickable, handles like dream and Mileage in City is around 30-32kmpl.

                      Originally posted by Aditya N Bharadwaj View Post
                      I don't own a 390 Duke, neither have I booked one nor do I intend on buying one anytime soon but just to make an analysis, took test ride of the beast today.
                      I rode it for around 2-3 kms of open road and hit the rev limiter in the first three gears. Never got the chance to take it to 6th.

                      My observations:
                      1. Rolls off easily from 1st gear but below 4k rpm it doesn't feel like I'm riding a 375 cc. Feels like a 250 cc. Anything less than 20 km/h needs slotting into the first gear invariably. That's a slight disappointment because both 200 duke and my undergeared 200NS can take on potholes, speedbreakers and slow traffic in third gear and U-turns in second gear. Now I know there have been a lot of discussions on this being due to primary ratios, final gearing, tuning, etc. But I personally would have loved a wee bit more torque low down. Bike gets snatchy below 4k rpm.
                      2. But after 4k rpm the engine truly begins opening up and makes mincemeat of anything on the road. Could touch 120 km/h in split seconds.
                      3. Engine is not-so-refined and the torque curve has bumps.
                      4. Gear shifts are kinda hard (but maybe they'll smoothen out after a few thousand kms).
                      5. I was expecting the bike to scare me and had goosebumps before switching it on but after the ride I felt it to be so manageable, like it doesn't take itself too seriously.
                      6. Personally, I didn't like the handguards.
                      7. ABS was off when the key and kill switch were turned on. I thought it automatically comes on every time we switch on the bike.
                      8. Even with ABS on, the rear skidded a little. The showroom guy said the ABS engages and disengages intermittently.
                      9. Tyres are amazing!

                      So were my observations correct or was there something wrong with the test bike (I meant regarding the ABS, power delivery, gearshifts, etc)?
                      1. 390's power band is on RPMs above 6000. So obviously below that it doesn't show its real monster inside. Have done 1600 kms on my 390 and it comfortably pulls from 10kmph with little usage of clutch. Even I had similar impression as you had during my first test ride. But 2nd testride and 1600 kms on it, changed my perception completely. It is fun to ride in cities and will kill 200 or NS or any thing on two wheels.

                      3. Engine will smoothen gradually. Near 5500 RPM its feels like Honda engine.

                      4. Yes, they will smoothen.

                      5. 390 is like Controlled Chaos. It doesnt show off what it can do. It simply does what ever it does smoothly and clinical.

                      6. Many have removed the Hand gaurds

                      7. Its kind of Safety feature. ABS is by deafualt ON untill you manually switch off. One you turn on the engine kill switch again. ABS will turn on. Rear tire locks easily and I highly advise to not switch off ABS .

                      8. If its large skid, say more than 15 cm of skid mark, then some thing wrong with the bike.

                      9. So is the price


                      And just another day and another pic of my 390.

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                      Last edited by riazmomin; 10-19-2013, 11:43 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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                      • Re: KTM 390 - The original Hooligan - Ownership Thread

                        Watch "Ktm_Duke_" on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUYN...e_gdata_player



                        Is this the duke 390 guys?

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

                          Originally posted by shehbaaz View Post
                          Watch "Ktm_Duke_" on YouTube
                          Is this the duke 390 guys?
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                          Ya, looks like a 390..
                          Last edited by nadz11.ns; 10-20-2013, 09:08 AM.

                          Ride safe and have fun.
                          Regards
                          Nadeem

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

                            Its a pimped duke 125.

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                            Last edited by Buro; 10-20-2013, 10:52 AM.

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

                              Originally posted by riazmomin View Post
                              I use 29 on front and 34 on rear. It is decent for my weight. Also helps in little bit longer life of tires . You can see the contact patch and accordingly fill the air.

                              42PSI will make the ride Harsh and bone Jarring. I expect 39PSI to be also same. Try with the 29-34 setup and see. It is flickable, handles like dream and Mileage in City is around 30-32kmpl.






                              And just another day and another pic of my 390.

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                              Cheers Riaz, I will definitely drop a couple of points and see.

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

                                just came across this vid!!!KTM DUKE 390 - Hazard Lights - V2 - YouTube

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