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  • Originally posted by zestbiker View Post
    N post rebuild no warranty,gaurantee of the rebuild which means your 55k reinvestment carries a substantial risk -so when my D390 "Blor Betty"s engine started smoking at 24k kms ,heartbreakingly sold it and bought a Himalayan -but i sure do miss her
    I did get warranty from KTM service center for 6months /2000kms for any issues that arises and two free services. It all depends on from where one gets the rebuild done, the experience and skill of the mechanics involved.

    2000kms is more than enough to fully validate any issues that might occur, in all possible scenarios.
    Last edited by kiran2508; 05-26-2021, 03:28 PM.
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    • I have the first-gen 2016 model duke 390.

      My service center guys continuously screwed over me by filling low oil giving excuses when I asked about it. They didn't do the valve clearance either at the company recommended 30k km. I had the piston rings finally changed at around 42k km after the oil ran low and it started smoking,

      Now it has run close to 4k km after the piston rings work, But the bike seems different than what it used to be after that work I thought it would go away after few hundred kilometers.

      I don't feel any vibration below 80 kmph but after that, it starts increasing gets flattened at around 100 kmph. But the vibrations are intolerable if I'm cruising at or over that speed. I don't hear any weird noise just the vibrations.

      I've ridden this bike from when it was new it was not like this vibey before it almost feels like the bike doesn't want to be at over 5.5k rpm it was rev-happy before.
      What could be the issue here? I've told the service center but they aren't helping me.

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      • Hello guys, how are you all? Need help regarding some issue I am facing with Duke 390, It will be great if someone can help. There is micro stutter at the lower RPM say around 3-4000 rpm, at higher rpm bike runs fine. When inspected by KTM service engineer, he said fuel pump may be faulty, it has been recently serviced, there is no issue with the bike other than that, Pickup seems normal. If the fuel pump is faulty can I replace it with car fuel pump motor only, its available around 1k on amazon? Please suggest. Thanks.

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        • Guys, is there a replacement console for Duke 390 that's working fine? I'm fed up of original console. Priced at Rs. 7000, its just a non-waterproof console that starts acting weird on the first spray of water.
          Once it went faulty, so I replaced it with another, spending Rs. 7000 in the process. The second one also lost the battle in just 1.5 years, same problem of water ingress.

          Can I get another meter in its place, maybe a replica that's reliable? Any ideas?

          Originally posted by silentmusic View Post
          Hello guys, how are you all? Need help regarding some issue I am facing with Duke 390, It will be great if someone can help. There is micro stutter at the lower RPM say around 3-4000 rpm, at higher rpm bike runs fine. When inspected by KTM service engineer, he said fuel pump may be faulty, it has been recently serviced, there is no issue with the bike other than that, Pickup seems normal. If the fuel pump is faulty can I replace it with car fuel pump motor only, its available around 1k on amazon? Please suggest. Thanks.
          To be honest, it sounds like something which was always there in the 390 Duke. Right from starting.
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          • My Duke has been standing still since last 1 and half years. Should I try to push start it ? Or get it delivered to a service center for a through check ?
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            • Originally posted by Samy View Post
              My Duke has been standing still since last 1 and half years. Should I try to push start it ? Or get it delivered to a service center for a through check ?
              As long as the battery has enough charge and there is new petrol in the tank, it should fire up.
              Ride safe. It's always the other person's mistake.

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              • Originally posted by Samy View Post
                My Duke has been standing still since last 1 and half years. Should I try to push start it ? Or get it delivered to a service center for a through check ?
                Engine oil, oil filter, fresh new coolant. engine flush and fresh fuel along with new fuel filter is necessary and mandatory. Get your spark plug, air filter removed and cleaned. Make sure your chain is cleaned and lubed, slack adjusted, tire pressure set right. Make sure your battery is charged and if needed get your battery thoroughly charged. Replace if it doesn't hold charge. I'd strongly recommend you to replace your fork oil as they eventually thin out. Engine flush isn't mandatory, but helps remove oil deposits from an engine that's been sitting for a while, helps remove varnish that's accumulated when an oil just sits for a long time.

                Good luck.

                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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                • B7ACKTHORN I specifically tagged you because I remember you telling about retrofitting new-gen clutch to the first-gen way back. Since I'm going back to a used 1st gen Duke 390. I sincerely request you to list things that can be retrofitted to the 1st gen from newer gen parts catalogue to improve the bike.

                  Thought I'd get over the 390 after so riding so many newer bikes, but I cannot. The first gen is really something else.

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                  • Originally posted by Gunslingin_Ridr View Post
                    B7ACKTHORN I specifically tagged you because I remember you telling about retrofitting new-gen clutch to the first-gen way back. Since I'm going back to a used 1st gen Duke 390. I sincerely request you to list things that can be retrofitted to the 1st gen from newer gen parts catalogue to improve the bike.

                    Thought I'd get over the 390 after so riding so many newer bikes, but I cannot. The first gen is really something else.
                    GSR, hi. The clutch basket, clutch plate along with the complete set would set you back around 5k +- a couple of hundred. Highly recommended if you're getting pre 2015 bikes. 2015 and later were the best lot, they came with slipper clutch and improvements throughout.

                    Secondly, I would recommend you replace the clutch and brake lever to the newer adjustable ones, makes a ton of room for improvement and give great tactile feel and leverage. Do replace the brake pads to the newer semi-sintered ones. The old ones were organic and they just don't do justice to the speed this bike carries. Replace the levers and the brake pads to the newer gen Duke's brake pads and see the magic.

                    Thirdly, swap the mirrors to a better one, the stock ones on the old Dukes were a fart in the street. Just doesn't cut it.

                    You're right. The last of the 2015 were the bikes that were properly mental and can make one's pant wet if one gets carried away too much, this little thing can scare the shit out of one sometimes and when it does, you know it's not to be messed around. If it's fun, this bike is it, nothing comes close to plastering a smile on one's face before and after the ride.

                    Good luck.

                    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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                    • Originally posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post

                      GSR, hi. The clutch basket, clutch plate along with the complete set would set you back around 5k +- a couple of hundred. Highly recommended if you're getting pre 2015 bikes. 2015 and later were the best lot, they came with slipper clutch and improvements throughout.

                      Secondly, I would recommend you replace the clutch and brake lever to the newer adjustable ones, makes a ton of room for improvement and give great tactile feel and leverage. Do replace the brake pads to the newer semi-sintered ones. The old ones were organic and they just don't do justice to the speed this bike carries. Replace the levers and the brake pads to the newer gen Duke's brake pads and see the magic.

                      Thirdly, swap the mirrors to a better one, the stock ones on the old Dukes were a fart in the street. Just doesn't cut it.

                      You're right. The last of the 2015 were the bikes that were properly mental and can make one's pant wet if one gets carried away too much, this little thing can scare the shit out of one sometimes and when it does, you know it's not to be messed around. If it's fun, this bike is it, nothing comes close to plastering a smile on one's face before and after the ride.

                      Good luck.

                      Cheers!
                      VJ
                      Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it.

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