The Austrian company KTM, has finally launched the 2017 KTM 390 Duke in India on February 23 2017, for INR 2,25,730 (ex-showroom Delhi), with host of new design and technology upgrades. Deliveries of the 2017 KTM 390 Duke are expected to begin in a week’s time. First unveiled at the 2016 EICMA Motor Show in Milan this November, the 2017 KTM 390 Duke is a redesigned version of the RC 390.
The motorcycle was spotted on test runs numerous times in India on the Mumbai-Pune highway after the news of the bike’s presence at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant in Maharashtra created a buzz in the Indian motorcycle industry in the past few months, which gave us a glimpse of what is to be expected from the 2017 edition of the KTM Duke 390.
2017 KTM 390 Duke Design:
Receiving a complete overhaul for the new generation version, the 2017 KTM 390 Duke gets a complete upgrade right from the design to the hardware. The street-fighter now sports the flagship KTM Super Duke R inspired styling with much sharper lines gracing the motorcycle. The graphics are all new and look stellar.
The new Duke is also bigger now in dimensions, but the wheelbase has been shortened a little for a more compact footprint. The Trellis frame has been retained on the new 390 Duke, but it now gets a rear subframe with the entire setup exposed and more orange this time.
2017 KTM 390 Duke Features:
With respect to features, the 2017 KTM 390 Duke gets the new full-LED headlamp cluster that comes with an angular design complementing the bike’s profile, as well as a LED tail light and indicators. There is a bigger 13 litre fuel tank in place, replacing the former 11.5 litre unit and will help offer a much better range on the model.
In addition, there are a tonne of subtle upgrades including wider rearview mirrors, softer seat cushioning, adjustable levers, CANBUS system, E-Vap unit and new and more durable H rated Metzeler M5 Interact tyres. The 2017 390 Duke is both Euro 4 and BS-1V compliant and as a result, also comes with ride-by-wire and a side mounted exhaust to meet the stringent emission norms. The bulk of changes has added nearly 7 kg to the overall weight of the motorcycle.
However, the main attraction of the 2017 KTM 390 Duke is the TFT instrument console. The all-digital unit is a segment first and comes with a host of information in more colours and better output. What’s even interesting is that screen comes with the phone mirroring technology, which allows you to pair your smartphone with the console.
2017 KTM 390 Duke Engine and Specifications:
In terms of power, the new KTM 390 Duke continues to draw power from the same 373.2 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. The new motor, though, KTM says is a lot more refined than the outgoing version and continues to churn out 43 bhp of power. Torque has increased by 2 Nm at 37 Nm. The motor comes paired to a 6-speed transmission. You also get new split-function 43mm upside-down WP split front forks, an all-new monoshock suspension at the rear, while braking performance comes from the new front brake setup that now gets a larger 320 mm disc. The 230 mm disc at the rear remains the same.
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