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    Default Re: Engine oil and coolant

    Quote Originally Posted by s1d View Post
    Same with engine oil, there might be a wee bit of drop after a drain/refill (oil filter soaks up some) but that's about it.
    The correct way to check the oil level is with the bike UPRIGHT, WITHOUT any paddock/side stand (ask someone to hold it)
    - let the bike run for a minute or so (or after you come back from a ride).
    - shut off the engine.
    - wait for 30 - 45 seconds
    - check level -- it should be between the min-max markings.

    if you put it on the side stand, you will hardly see any oil in the sight glass.
    An update on this. The coolant didn't take much to top up, but the engine oil was running 500ml short. That's a LOT of deficit for a 1700ml suggested volume. So I am pretty sure the SC guys cocked up somewhere in the first service and I was dumb enough not to check.

    I hope the engine hasn't suffered any major damage due to this. Also, it could be a placebo effect, but I feel the bike is running smoother post the top up.
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    Default Re: 2017 Duke 390 Owners Reviews and Experiences

    Just a regular update. Have covered only 3300 kms since last October due to lack of time. Got a call from the KTM service center for doing some modifications on the motorcycle. They have added a cover to protect the ECU from water splashes and also replaced the rubber grommets to softer ones beneath the rear seat.

    The bike runs as beautifully as before with no issues whatsoever ( touch wood). Enjoying it thoroughly.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by s1d View Post
    whatever svc you visit irrespective of the brand, stay and get the bike serviced in your presence.
    go to smaller svc, like the banjara hills or sainikpuri.. easier to hang around there and get it serviced. the svc at banjara has come down, you have to sit on their heads and also have a bit of knowledge/common sense to get the work done to your satisfaction (at least that's what i do).
    these days some work i do myself.. just any major stuff like fork oil seals etc.. i visit them. A good rapport always helps.
    HI s1d,

    Took the bike to sainikpuri svc and got the work done. I was the first customer and hence got it completed in one hour flat excluding water wash. They did good work and checked thoroughly. However they don't stock many accessories apart from the consumables. They asked me to visit their begumpet centre for tft update, mirrors, brackets for headlights and ecu. Need to go there now

    Also the rear break feels wooden in checking - pads are worn out. Even after replacement there is not much improvement anyways. Bike feels good now after the service.

    Need suggestion on good visor to protect from wind blast. Anyone using G-roller? Need inputs if its a worthy investment?
    How do i install a bit loud horn and flood lights for highway use? Anyone done these mods?

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    Anyone using G-roller? Need inputs if its a worthy investment?
    Using the G-Roller. Absolutely worth the investment. In fact I carry it when planning on riding more than 500kms. That, 3M Chain Cleaner and Motul Chain lube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAntifit View Post
    Using the G-Roller. Absolutely worth the investment. In fact I carry it when planning on riding more than 500kms. That, 3M Chain Cleaner and Motul Chain lube.
    Thanks buddy, will go for it then
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    HI s1d,

    Took the bike to sainikpuri svc and got the work done. I was the first customer and hence got it completed in one hour flat excluding water wash. They did good work and checked thoroughly. However they don't stock many accessories apart from the consumables. They asked me to visit their begumpet centre for tft update, mirrors, brackets for headlights and ecu. Need to go there now

    Also the rear break feels wooden in checking - pads are worn out. Even after replacement there is not much improvement anyways. Bike feels good now after the service.

    Need suggestion on good visor to protect from wind blast. Anyone using G-roller? Need inputs if its a worthy investment?
    How do i install a bit loud horn and flood lights for highway use? Anyone done these mods?
    Yeh, head to begumpet for major services/updates. Lucky we have quite a few ktm svc's around.
    Take the brake pads out and scrub them with some sand paper and put em back. How many km has the bike done, that the pads were worn ?? I've ridden a few ktm's and never felt the brakes lacking.. the rear might need some time to bed in.. maybe a cpl 100km and should be fine. You should mostly be using the front, with the rear a bit to balance it out. And don't rest your foot on the brake pedal, it might cause the pads to rub excessively on the rotor and wear out quicker.
    And practice man, practice on an empty road and adapt/improve your braking capabilities over time.
    Just so you know, am at 33k km on my D200 and still on stock rear brake pads.. and so a few 390 owners i know too.

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    Yeh, head to begumpet for major services/updates. Lucky we have quite a few ktm svc's around.
    Take the brake pads out and scrub them with some sand paper and put em back. How many km has the bike done, that the pads were worn ?? I've ridden a few ktm's and never felt the brakes lacking.. the rear might need some time to bed in.. maybe a cpl 100km and should be fine. You should mostly be using the front, with the rear a bit to balance it out. And don't rest your foot on the brake pedal, it might cause the pads to rub excessively on the rotor and wear out quicker.
    And practice man, practice on an empty road and adapt/improve your braking capabilities over time.
    Just so you know, am at 33k km on my D200 and still on stock rear brake pads.. and so a few 390 owners i know too.
    Hi s1d like i mentioned earlier, mine is a preowned bike. First owner has put in 6200kms on it and thats the age of the brake pads. Changed them in the service. Coming from an fz, even I have the habit of using front:rear 80:20. Just that its my expectations out of a powerful bike that rear brakes would be pretty strong but thats not the case. Will take it to begumpet and get the remaining work done. How are stocm mirrors? Or should i go for apache mirrors as someone mentioned? Any insights sid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jagan689 View Post
    Hi s1d like i mentioned earlier, mine is a preowned bike. First owner has put in 6200kms on it and thats the age of the brake pads. Changed them in the service. Coming from an fz, even I have the habit of using front:rear 80:20. Just that its my expectations out of a powerful bike that rear brakes would be pretty strong but thats not the case. Will take it to begumpet and get the remaining work done. How are stocm mirrors? Or should i go for apache mirrors as someone mentioned? Any insights sid?
    stock are sufficient.. u just need to adjust them properly to get a good view. at least i haven't had an issue with visibility or vibes on the stock mirrors.
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    stock are sufficient.. u just need to adjust them properly to get a good view. at least i haven't had an issue with visibility or vibes on the stock mirrors.
    Will get stock ones then, thanks bud
    If possible sometime all hyd duke/rc members from this forum should meet. What say?

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    Will get stock ones then, thanks bud
    If possible sometime all hyd duke/rc members from this forum should meet. What say?
    am not a bike/brand specific group guy, all are welcome. we do have a 'few' groups here in Hyderabad.. ping me with your number and shall add you in one of the whatsapp group . if you do join, feel free to join for the rides (everyone won't turn up, maybe around 3-6 ppl at a time go on weekend rides) and get to know the people.. no formalities etc..

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