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  • shadowrider
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    Update: I did some troubleshooting and found that this issue happens only when the headlight is turned on or if the display backlit lights up. During the troubleshooting the meter turned off for a while and once it came back it showed a low fuel level, but went back to normal level after 5- 6 seconds. Also if I touch the kill switch lightly, it turns off and on the meter. So I'm guessing there's rust. Will use wd40 to clean both the side switches, headlight connectors and all other.

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  • shadowrider
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    Hey guys have a duke 390 2014 registration. I think the stator coil has gone because speedo shows zero every now and then. Now this issue happened after I took the bike after a week. Will get it checked from my mech. Now is the dominar 400's stator coil a direct fit? I saw another comment on this thread, but the images are not loading for me.

    B7ACKTHORN tagging you, because spares availability is low in my area and the earlier I get a reply, faster I could source the needed parts.

    Edit: bought it as a used bike. It's only done 16k. The owner lives abroad and he did a service before putting it up for sale. Things such as fork oil, seal, fuel pump, brake pads, all fluids and so on.
    Last edited by shadowrider; 10-05-2023, 01:06 AM.

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  • Vignesh Udhaya
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    Hey guys,

    Planning to buy 2024 Duke 390 as an upgrade to my rtr200. Iam from Chennai by the way and want to know how the service is in chennai and is there any particular service center you would recommend in chennai.

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  • biker_sac
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    Originally posted by abhishek7706 View Post
    Hi Friends,
    On my DUKE 390, 2017 NEW model, 23k on the ODO,
    I am getting "thak thak" sound from rear suspension while going over even small potholes or small undulations on the road
    Authorized SVC suggesting complete replacement
    Any suggestions ?​


    I have a 2017 Duke 390 23000 in ODO with the exact same issue.

    At first I thought it was from the chain. But today, I found out it was from the rear shock absorber.

    KTM parts are as usual mostly crap in terms of quality. So, obviously something gave up inside the shock prematurely. There are shops which rebuilds the shock absorber. You can go that route or else replace the whole unit.

    I'm gonna try and rebuild it.

    The shock absorber sits unusually close to the fire hot exhaust pipe in these bikes which is a terrible design.
    Last edited by biker_sac; 08-28-2023, 01:49 AM. Reason: Added reasons and fix

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  • B7ACKTHORN
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    Originally posted by abhishek7706 View Post
    Hi Friends,
    On my DUKE 390, 2017 NEW model, 23k on the ODO,
    I am getting "thak thak" sound from rear suspension while going over even small potholes or small undulations on the road
    Authorized SVC suggesting complete replacement
    Any suggestions ?​

    Start off by inspecting wheel bearings, first, usually a sharp tak followed by grinding noise usually indicates a bearing failure. If the sound comes on any undulations, check your rear swingarm bearings, a faulty or a worn out swing arm bearings would usually mean even a small bump or undulation would produce thud, tak and khatak sounds. Ask your SVC to check the swingarm bearings, wheel bearings followed by shocker.

    Good luck.

    Cheers!
    VJ

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  • Vishal Wagh
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    Originally posted by abhishek7706 View Post
    Hi Friends,
    On my DUKE 390, 2017 NEW model, 23k on the ODO,
    I am getting "thak thak" sound from rear suspension while going over even small potholes or small undulations on the road
    Authorized SVC suggesting complete replacement
    Any suggestions ?​
    Do check rear shock bearings.

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  • abhishek7706
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    Hi Friends,
    On my DUKE 390, 2017 NEW model, 23k on the ODO,
    I am getting "thak thak" sound from rear suspension while going over even small potholes or small undulations on the road
    Authorized SVC suggesting complete replacement
    Any suggestions ?​

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  • Gunslingin_Ridr
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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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  • B7ACKTHORN
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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

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  • Gunslingin_Ridr
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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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  • B7ACKTHORN
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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

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  • biker_sac
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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.

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  • Samy
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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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  • Samarth 619
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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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  • silentmusic
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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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