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

    Happened to go on IBW Chai & Pakoda Breakfast Ride with many other motorcycling clubs from Hyderabad (WolfePack, Hyderabad Royals, Ironheads, KTMHOG and ofcourse XBHP Hyderabad).

    Around 325 Bikes Turned up and total of 7 KTM 390 Dukes Turned up.

    Thats my bike on right and another member's from Hyd 390 Owners group.

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    It was great ride considering the amount of bikes we had.

    More Pictures are here. https://www.facebook.com/Crookheads
    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

      Managed to go for a longer ride today and get more comfortable with the bike.

      Day 7, 502 kms Update

      1. Self cancelling turn indicators are missing. Not a high-on-the-agenda item but I think they were there on some pulsars. I'm not adding stupid chimes for this!
      2. I use two fingers to hold the clutch/brake levers and working this clutch with two fingers is proving cumbersome. There is a plastic bob at the end of the clutch level whose function I do not know. If the knuckle guards were removed, then I think it would serve as a good grip for quick shifting.
      3. I managed to move through the rev-range in all the gears today. Gears 3-6 is extremely smooth right about 7k but gear 1-2 seems a little stressed after 6k.
      4. The exhaust note is irritating me now. Especially lower in the rev-range where it sounds more throaty. Once at higher revs it's more screamy and much more pleasant.
      5. There is still an irritating noise from the rear which I am not able to put my finger on. It doesn't happen always and I'm trying hard to reproduce it - is it the chain, or the suspension, I have no clue! The service center technician rode the bike and he couldn't find anything out of place. Need to figure this one out.
      6. You can ride the bike at cruising speed and feel comfortable OR you can rip through the rev range and keep zooming OR you could just do both as your mood demands and that's exactly what I did today.

      Adding few pictures that I managed to click as well.

      Cheers
      Sid





      Last edited by sidhusmart; 10-21-2013, 04:05 AM.

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

        Originally posted by sidhusmart View Post
        Managed to go for a longer ride today and get more comfortable with the bike.

        Day 7, 502 kms Update

        1. Self cancelling turn indicators are missing. Not a high-on-the-agenda item but I think they were there on some pulsars. I'm not adding stupid chimes for this!
        2. I use two fingers to hold the clutch/brake levers and working this clutch with two fingers is proving cumbersome. There is a plastic bob at the end of the clutch level whose function I do not know. If the knuckle guards were removed, then I think it would serve as a good grip for quick shifting.
        3. I managed to move through the rev-range in all the gears today. Gears 3-6 is extremely smooth right about 7k but gear 1-2 seems a little stressed after 6k.
        4. The exhaust note is irritating me now. Especially lower in the rev-range where it sounds more throaty. Once at higher revs it's more screamy and much more pleasant.
        5. There is still an irritating noise from the rear which I am not able to put my finger on. It doesn't happen always and I'm trying hard to reproduce it - is it the chain, or the suspension, I have no clue! The service center technician rode the bike and he couldn't find anything out of place. Need to figure this one out.
        6. You can ride the bike at cruising speed and feel comfortable OR you can rip through the rev range and keep zooming OR you could just do both as your mood demands and that's exactly what I did today.

        Adding few pictures that I managed to click as well.

        Cheers
        Sid





        Brilliant pics.
        PULSAR 180 DTSI- 2007
        PULSAR 220 DTS-FI - 2008
        PULSAR 220 DTSI - 2011
        SUZUKI GIXXER - 2015

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

          Hey guys, getting a noise from the chain side while riding on bad roads. I'd got the chain tightened at time of delivery after hearing the noise, but it still persists. What do you guys think could be the problem? The bike's just two days old and it has run ~200 kms.
          Ride more, browse less.

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

            Originally posted by anilp View Post
            Hey guys, getting a noise from the chain side while riding on bad roads. I'd got the chain tightened at time of delivery after hearing the noise, but it still persists. What do you guys think could be the problem? The bike's just two days old and it has run ~200 kms.
            I don't think this is anything to worry about, it's the chain hitting the cover on bad roads. Happens on every 390. On smooth road this is not a problem. Do not over tighten the chain

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

              Can anyone tell me what is the idling rpm of the bike. Bagga Link has not yet deemed it fit to give me the owner's manual as it is apparently an 'Original' document only to be given after Diwali. When i start the bike in the morning, the idling is around 1700-1800 rpm and after a little riding it hovers between 1400-1500.

              Also saw a 390 at night very close to my office near DLF Cyber Park a few days ago. Anyone on xbhp?

              Has anyone else also tried the 29-34 front-rear air pressure combo. I'm currently running on 25-30. Experienced owners please advise.

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

                Idling is 1500 +/- 100.
                So your bike is doing fine. Its normal that bikes start of with higher RPM initially.

                I use 29-34 setup on my bike tires. No problems or issues till now.
                Suspension was very soft initially, made it stiffer.

                Sent from my GT-P3100 using xBhp Connect mobile app
                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

                  Originally posted by Legend Racer View Post
                  i will start loan process tomorrow. so hopefully by nov 1st week... i got to visit ekm too, for gears. when??hmmm
                  I'll get my bike sometime around nov second week as I have to be in Delhi till then. I too need to pick up a jacket now. Would get it once I get the bike.
                  [MENTION=62951]genxt[/MENTION] Lets plan it after 10th nov, even you were talking about getting the gear.
                  Guys only if you people are not in a hurry I am asking you to wait.
                  Why 2wheels over 4.....
                  Its because 'Whatever it is, it's better in the wind!'

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

                    Hi All,

                    Very first of all I'd like to ask if there duke owners from DELHI who'd like to plan a meet up so that we can all catch up for rides, discussions etc.. or if there is any such gathering already happening, please enlighten me so that I can join in. apart from that,

                    I have clocked about 350 kms on mine so far.. couldnt get much breaks from work.. anyways.. I've been doing a little hard break-in this time. taking it to 7500rpm as mentioned in the manual and doing that in almost all gears with constant fiddling with the throttle. Although I do have a little doubt,

                    Is it ok to take the bike on very short distances (3-4kms) while the runnin in period ? since a lot of time you have to use it for local purposes, I kinda get a feel that runnin in period should use longer rides. What do you all have to say on this ?

                    Also once again about DUKE OWNERS FROM DELHI, please post in here if there is any group or gathering going on so that I can join in. If not, then lets make some plan and catch up sooon to share DUKE STORIES
                    Ride what you Love !!
                    Love what you Ride !!

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

                      Originally posted by DukeDey View Post
                      I'll get my bike sometime around nov second week as I have to be in Delhi till then. I too need to pick up a jacket now. Would get it once I get the bike.
                      @genxt Lets plan it after 10th nov, even you were talking about getting the gear.
                      Guys only if you people are not in a hurry I am asking you to wait.
                      all right boss. will take delivery together if you too cooperate. gears from ernakulam, DJ helmets and autoqueen. cool?
                      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

                        Originally posted by Legend Racer View Post
                        all right boss. will take delivery together if you too cooperate. gears from ernakulam, DJ helmets and autoqueen. cool?
                        Pretty much cool.
                        Ride, ride and ride.. But always do it responsibly..

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

                          Originally posted by Ivin View Post
                          Pretty much cool.
                          are you too gonna take bike with us? so 3 in total?
                          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

                            Originally posted by Legend Racer View Post
                            are you too gonna take bike with us? so 3 in total?
                            No no no, I said taking riding gears from there is pretty cool
                            Ride, ride and ride.. But always do it responsibly..

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

                              Originally posted by Legend Racer View Post
                              all right boss. will take delivery together if you too cooperate. gears from ernakulam, DJ helmets and autoqueen. cool?
                              Okay, I am coming back on 10th, sunday.. I'll keep the cash ready by 11th. Lets get them beasts.

                              Sent from my GT-I9100
                              Why 2wheels over 4.....
                              Its because 'Whatever it is, it's better in the wind!'

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

                                Hello crazy dukers !!
                                felt like sharing few clicks of my new helmet and few from today's ride...
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