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  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

    What is the cost of original Ktm sprocket set (Not the current set that comes factory fitted) for D390???. Coz an original Ktm chain is orange in colour and so are its sprockets. Not sure if they are used for racing but would like to know more. You will see what I am talking about if you have come across a D200 overbored to 230cc by Joel of RC.
    Bhp is how fast you hit a wall, Torque is how much of that wall you can take with you.

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    • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

      Originally posted by junaid12345678 View Post
      Just 'HIT' the front brakes on a loose surface such as sand or gravel and you can feel the ABS kicking in on the levers. But on well laid tarmac, there is much less chance for a front skid due to the weight transfer.

      That would be the one of the last things I will do. Braking using front brake on gravel .
      I am yet to see the ABS kicking in while using the front brake.


      Originally posted by THE46FAN View Post
      Hi guys..i'm still not sure how to go about chain cleaning and lubrication. Heard we are supposed to clean the chain every 500kms, is this correct? I thought just lubrication would be fine. And can anyone tell me the procedure of chain cleaning please.
      Originally posted by THE46FAN View Post
      Guys, i was trying to get more info on chain cleaning and lubrication. Saw a video where this guy is cleaning the chain and he first uses a chain cleaning spray, then he brushes the chain and then sprays the lubricant. But some people say brushing is not good for the chain, and to use only the cleaning spray and the lubricant. Please clarify. I usually lubricate the chain every 500kms and clean it after 1000kms. Is this ok? And where can i get this chain cleaning spray?
      This totally depends on the roads you ply. If they are dusty then the cleaning and lubing interval will be earlier.

      Best thing is to look at the chain regualarly. if you see dirt or debris struck to chain and the inners are sparkling shiny then its the time to clean and lube.

      I simply use soft pressure water to clean the chain throughly and then dry clean it with some soft cloth. Then use the chain lube ( I highly reccomend Cyclo's chain lube. Available at Shell petrol bunks off the shelf). I am doing it every 250-300kms considering the road conditions of hyderabad.
      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 Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

        Hello All,

        This thread contains many user reviews and i think almost every part has been covered.. But still i would like to add my share of the review for my duke 390

        I got the bike last week (14.11.2013) and have only completed like 150 odd Kms, but i think i have had enough time to understand its behavior...

        My Riding background
        Have only ridden RX100 and have experience of around 1500 kms...

        1. About the duke 390
        - Well it does everything perfectly and the build quality is decent if not great...
        - For the money i paid, loose wiring tapes, flimsy muduard and those pulsar stuff dont matter, as a package everything holds together quite well and am totally satisfied

        2. About its road behavior
        - Handles like charm at any speed
        - Tyres are good
        - ABS does its job well
        - Gearbox is good and works flawlessly
        - Rear brake is extremely sensitive and requires very light footed operation
        - The bike handles every day road bumps very well, even better than my RX
        - The bike does heat up in traffic but the heat is bearable
        - Clutch is springy and a few minutes of disengaging it will leave your hand numb...
        - RPM build up is progressive and not frantic like the 200...

        3. For the probable new buyers (newbies) having question whether they would be able to ride the beast or not...
        - Go ahead and take a test ride, the bike is not at all scary, its purely controlled chaos, in short everything is always under your control
        - The bike does require your complete dedication while riding, as the bike closes in on objects/vehicles at double the speed compared to other bikes and the bikes needs to be ridden in the
        proper gear, else engine lugging would happen which is bad during RUN IN

        4. 5th and 6th Gear
        - The character of the bike/engine changes after engaging these gears
        - You need to be at good speeds (50+ for 5th and 65+ for 6th) for using these and hence they would remain pretty much untouched in the city...
        - The engine load is very less in these gears and the engine is happiest when these are engaged, BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT THE THROTTLE BECOMES VERY SENSITIVE here...

        5. Gearbox
        - The gearbox is smooth
        - Finding neutral is easy
        - No false shifts or false neutral problem, sometimes at standstill it might happen that your bike was in gear and you put it in neutral but with half hearted shift, and it might show neutral on the ODO and as soon as you let go the clutch, the bike would jump forward and engine would stop... MAKE SURE YOU SHIFT CORRECTLY AT STANDSTILL (i.e. from 2 or 1st to Neutral)
        The feedback from the lever would tell you if bike is in neutral...
        This is not a problem but a user error and it would happen on any other bike...

        6. PDI
        - Check for the levels of all the fluids as well as for leaks..
        - The bike is supplied with very high tyre pressure, so straight away head to the nearest pump and do a tank ful and check the tyre pressure
        - Check for mudflap, from fork boots and the wiring circuit completion of the radiator fan...

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        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

          Read this in economics times:

          KTM to roll out Husqvarna bikes from Bajaj's plant in 2 yrs - The Economic Times

          Important points:
          - Rajiv Bajaj siad that RC series by next year end(2014)
          - 5-6 new model in 2014
          - May be KTM 690 in 2015

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          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

            Originally posted by NitinGirish View Post
            Some good updates from KTM. Most important is the Metzeler prices. 7+8=15k.

            Report & Pics : KTM Duke 390 launched @ Rs. 1.80 lakhs - Page 85 - Team-BHP
            good news indeed thou was hoping for the original rumour of 11k price.anyways how would pirelli products hold up with the 390? PSD for eg.
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            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

              Originally posted by riazmomin View Post
              I simply use soft pressure water to clean the chain throughly and then dry clean it with some soft cloth. Then use the chain lube ( I highly reccomend Cyclo's chain lube. Available at Shell petrol bunks off the shelf). I am doing it every 250-300kms considering the road conditions of hyderabad.
              Do you have a paddock stand? how do you manage to get the wheel of the ground?
              A lone amateur built the ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic...

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              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                Originally posted by NitinGirish View Post
                Do you have a paddock stand? how do you manage to get the wheel of the ground?
                I use car jack posted a picture in one of my posts earlier.
                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 Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  Originally posted by riazmomin View Post
                  Jugaad for the day.

                  Using car jack for cleaning and lubing the chain. If i can get hold of another car jack, there goes the need for having a paddock stand
                  Managed to google this pic! Are you resting the bike on the swingarm? Just a bit concerned about damaging it. I have two car jacks and can potentially save ~4k but a bit apprehensive.
                  A lone amateur built the ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic...

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                  • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                    Originally posted by NitinGirish View Post
                    Managed to google this pic! Are you resting the bike on the swingarm? Just a bit concerned about damaging it. I have two car jacks and can potentially save ~4k but a bit apprehensive.
                    Yes, one side of the bike is on Side stand and another side is on Car jack. I am also planning to use on two car jacks (one comes at as cheap as Rs 500).
                    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 Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                      Do post a pic with both sides lifted from a car jack as and when you clean it by this method. More importantly please let me know if you notice any damage because of using car jack.
                      A lone amateur built the ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic...

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                      • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                        Originally posted by NitinGirish View Post
                        Do post a pic with both sides lifted from a car jack as and when you clean it by this method. More importantly please let me know if you notice any damage because of using car jack.

                        I had seen a method the Cochin PBK guys used, they had removed the front end of the duke 200 completely, so no front forks or handles, so the bike cannot be rested on the rear paddock alone. The thing they used was, 2 car jacks with the rotating rod has been been made into a single long rod which goes inside through both jacks, so essentially you can raise both the jacks at the same height at the same time by just applying torque at one end. It was a simple and ingenious idea.


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                        Krishna
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                        • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                          Originally posted by krish2778 View Post
                          they had removed the front end of the duke 200 completely, so no front forks or handles,

                          Cheers
                          Ride Safe
                          Krishna
                          That defeats the purpose of simple home based DIY. The chain would need cleaning every 300kms which is once in two weeks for me. Going to SVC every two weeks is impractical but shelling out 4k for a wheel stand is expensive! Not sure what to do as of now. Some internet links talked of a small wheel stand that Bajaj was going to introduce for 1-1.5k. God knows what happened to that.
                          A lone amateur built the ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic...

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                          • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                            Originally posted by NitinGirish View Post
                            That defeats the purpose of simple home based DIY. The chain would need cleaning every 300kms which is once in two weeks for me. Going to SVC every two weeks is impractical but shelling out 4k for a wheel stand is expensive! Not sure what to do as of now. Some internet links talked of a small wheel stand that Bajaj was going to introduce for 1-1.5k. God knows what happened to that.
                            Lol.. I think i was not sufficiently clear. The forks were removed for repairs, so the bike had to be kept upright na. So the solution was this.

                            So ideally..if you have 2 jacks (Rs500+Rs500) and replace the rods in them with a single long rod with same dia. Then you essentially have a paddock stand. This method is anyday a very good DIY proposition than going for a expensive paddock just for the chain lubing purpose.
                            A pic would really explain it, but sadly it never struck me to take a pic.

                            EDIT :

                            I worked out a pic in PS and this is the setup that they used.





                            Cheers
                            Ride Safe
                            Krishna
                            Last edited by krish2778; 11-21-2013, 09:30 PM.
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                            |2013 Honda CBR250R|KTM Duke390|Yamaha R3|Yamaha R1|Triumph Tiger XRX

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                            • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                              Guys need your help ASAP. My D390 is due for it first service. What is the cost of Free Service???. I am going tomorrow to Indiranagar SVC, Bangalore to get it done. Further to this, is it recommended to buy the Engine oil from else where or the showroom?. Its Motul 10W50 FS oil right?
                              Bhp is how fast you hit a wall, Torque is how much of that wall you can take with you.

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                              • Re: KTM Duke 390 - Owners Reviews and Experiences

                                about 1500odd bucks.+-200inr.
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