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  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

    Originally posted by Mik View Post
    Did the first part of a long distance ride on the Duke.
    Gurgaon to Santiniketan(bengal) - Around 1400 km in 25 hours...I know the bike will
    Epic,but bit early I think you must be at Santiniketan from 23 rd December to 26 th December to enjoy the famous Poush Mela out there.

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    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

      Originally posted by sumitro_d View Post
      Epic,but bit early I think you must be at Santiniketan from 23 rd December to 26 th December to enjoy the famous Poush Mela out there.

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      Ha ha.. its my hometown. Have been there during those times during childhood.

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      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

        Originally posted by Mik View Post
        Ha ha.. its my hometown. Have been there during those times during childhood.
        Mine too so always missing those days.

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        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

          Today I visited the Seawoods, Navi Mumbai SVC and got the problem solved. It was a minor issue. The source of leak was the temperature sensor as seen encircled in the pic below :-

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          The SVC guys have fixed it for now. I will keep inspecting that area for few more days just to make sure no more coolant leaks !
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          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

            Originally posted by siddharthsure View Post
            Dude... There is no use regretting later like this. You didn't follow Run-in and this is the result of it.And you are doing stunts in streets which is not at all safe and you are risking others life.I hope atleast you wear gears for your safety. Owners may help..


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            no i donot stunt on streets, i do them on a closed road between 3-4 AM,so safety is taken care of.
            But the thing is bike itself says ready to race , kind of a bummer.

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            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

              Originally posted by Mik View Post
              Did the first part of a long distance ride on the Duke.
              Gurgaon to Santiniketan(bengal) - Around 1400 km in 25 hours (Including a 7 hour stop at Kanpur for the night) Riding time

              Made one little riding error. Exited a village in the evening on the highway. Generally the time cattle comes home so one has to be extra careful. On the fast lane I was doing around 95 and the divider had some bushes. Suddenly, a cow ran in from the bushes- barely 10/15 feet away from me. The bike was incredible and I was able to make a desperate evasive turn without any panic. Note to self: Avoid fast lane when the divider has bushes.

              The journey back will be an attempt at a non stop ride back to Gurgaon. Lets see if the body holds up. I know the bike will
              Hi Mik..excellent ride. How do u compare the seat comfort with cbr?

              Fast lanes are only fr overtaking...almost all countries (except ours of course)..so stick to left/mid lane fr riding.

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              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                Originally posted by pitbull View Post
                Hi Mik..excellent ride. How do u compare the seat comfort with cbr?

                Fast lanes are only fr overtaking...almost all countries (except ours of course)..so stick to left/mid lane fr riding.
                Seat comfort of the CBR is definitely better but over 12+ hours the end result ends up being the same - specially if one hasn't been riding much recently :-) . However, over long distances, I found the CBR very tiring for the hands and shoulders due to the sitting stance being forward biased. In this respect, the KTM is better and even after the ride I stayed up till 2 AM to party it up at my cousins wedding

                Yes, I generally try to stay away from the fast lanes as it is since this is the lane which is generally taken over by truckers in North and East India and wrong side going suicidal locals (An absolute menace in UP where they treat the two carriageways as two separate roads)

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                • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  Originally posted by Mik View Post
                  Did the first part of a long distance ride on the Duke.
                  Gurgaon to Santiniketan(bengal) - Around 1400 km in 25 hours (Including a 7 hour stop at Kanpur for the night) Riding time of 18 hours.
                  Things noticed
                  The irritating things
                  1. The tank range is an absolute pain in the a**. I was forced to stop every 210/220 km leading to unwanted breaks.
                  2. The Viaterra Fly is a bigger pain in the a**. The tying/untying ritual meant that I had to get off the bike at every petrol pump. Not a very nice option when you are wearing a riding pant which doesn't allow for too much flexibility while mounting/unmounting the bike
                  3. The seat, rather the sharp contours around the edges, is a design flaw in my opinion after many years doing similar times on the CBR and the 220. A slightly more rounded profile would have done wonders. My a** concurs.

                  The wow things
                  Everything !! Every little niggle be damned. This is the best affordable touring highway star ever! I did 1400 km over 18 hours of riding time by sticking to 90 to 115 band mostly. The bike handles like a charm, doesn't lose time in accelerating out of sticky situations and gives around 25 kmpl which is a bonus!
                  Made one little riding error. Exited a village in the evening on the highway. Generally the time cattle comes home so one has to be extra careful. On the fast lane I was doing around 95 and the divider had some bushes. Suddenly, a cow ran in from the bushes- barely 10/15 feet away from me. The bike was incredible and I was able to make a desperate evasive turn without any panic. Note to self: Avoid fast lane when the divider has bushes.

                  The journey back will be an attempt at a non stop ride back to Gurgaon. Lets see if the body holds up. I know the bike will
                  Nice! I can see that you did around ~900kms on the second day. How was the bike to ride 900kms on a day and in addition to the fuel stops did you stop for butt breaks or was that enough? Was it due to the roads the reason why you kept it in 90 - 115kmph band or are you just being comfortable?


                  Originally posted by Rony View Post
                  Today I visited the Seawoods, Navi Mumbai SVC and got the problem solved. It was a minor issue. The source of leak was the temperature sensor as seen encircled in the pic below :-

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                  The SVC guys have fixed it for now. I will keep inspecting that area for few more days just to make sure no more coolant leaks !
                  That's good Rony, hope you don't encounter this trouble again. Ride safe!
                  Young riders pick a destination and go, Old riders pick a direction and go !
                  My best trip till date:http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...uke-390-a.html

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                  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                    hello everyone !
                    I have done some 120 odd kms on the bike since i got it two days ago, and I was thinking of doing a few short distance highway rides, one to Jaipur(250kms) one to Agra(208kms) and one to Rishikesh (230kms). I am planning to do the Agra ride after the first service and the other two before the first service. So I wanted to know do I need to take any special precautions for the rides as the bike is still in the break-in period. I will keep the bike under 7500 rpm and wont rev hard, apart from that anything else ?
                    When life gives you Yamaha, make it RD350 not R15. :D

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                    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                      Is it 7500rpm while run in? Here I was told to keep below 5K rpm!

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                      Gray-haired riders dont get that way from pure luck.
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                      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                        Originally posted by roy_arnab22 View Post
                        Is it 7500rpm while run in? Here I was told to keep below 5K rpm!

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                        The manual mentions to keep it below 7500 rpm during run-in. I also noticed that if I ride the bike without aggression, i.e., gentle acceleration instead of hard acceleration, it gives better mileage.

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                        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                          Here svc guys set the warning light for 5K rpm. Yeah be gentle on tge throttle will give you better FE but it's an impossible task

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                          Chetak 1996 | Splendor 2000 | RTR160 2007 | R15 2010 | GT650n 2012 | KaTooM 390 2013
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                          NEVER argue with a woman holding a torque wrench.
                          Gray-haired riders dont get that way from pure luck.
                          If you cant get it going with bungee cords and electricians tape, its serious.

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                          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                            Originally posted by roy_arnab22 View Post
                            Here svc guys set the warning light for 5K rpm. Yeah be gentle on tge throttle will give you better FE but it's an impossible task

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                            True.... The warning light is the shift light indicator, which informs you to shift to another gear. There is another limiter at 7500 that causes the indicator to light up continuously instead of blinking.

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                            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

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                              Young riders pick a destination and go, Old riders pick a direction and go !
                              My best trip till date:http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...uke-390-a.html

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                              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                                Originally posted by Abhishek2255 View Post
                                hello everyone !
                                I have done some 120 odd kms on the bike since i got it two days ago, and I was thinking of doing a few short distance highway rides, one to Jaipur(250kms) one to Agra(208kms) and one to Rishikesh (230kms). I am planning to do the Agra ride after the first service and the other two before the first service. So I wanted to know do I need to take any special precautions for the rides as the bike is still in the break-in period. I will keep the bike under 7500 rpm and wont rev hard, apart from that anything else ?
                                Stay out of the highways during run-in unless you are willing to accelerate and decelarate constantly. Try making trips to places with single lane/twisty roads where the engine speed varies without even trying. Keeping at constant rpm for any amount of time is harmful during run-in so the suggestion would be stay away from highways.

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