KTM 390 Duke in India test ride and Price
Hot on heels of successful Indian debut with 200 Duke in 2012, KTM and Bajaj Probiking are all set to launch their second bike in the country, 390 Duke.
Hot on heels of successful Indian debut with 200 Duke in 2012, KTM and Bajaj Probiking are all set to launch their second bike in the country, 390 Duke. This is the first KTM bike ever to be sold in all 76 markets KTM today has a presence in. Big-single 390 is naked, road going street bike, manufactured at Bajaj's Chakan assembly line on outskirts of Pune, India. Like 200 Duke, sporty 390 promises a lot on paper with high specifications but fans are waiting to hear exactly what it feels like on road?
And what better place to bring you this initial impression from than behind dashing looking 390's handlebars on top-quality roads around Salzburg, Austria, KTM's home turf.
KTM 390 Duke shares a lot with 200 Duke. New colours tell two bikes apart and there is more visual mass on 390. New KTM Duke is very compact for its segment but looks purposeful. 390 Duke displays same sporty KTM 'ready to race' DNA as on 200, being a flamboyant, edgy and aggressive looking two-wheeler, with an unashamedly contemporary look.
Sharp angles and steep creases are everywhere. All parts have been lightened with surplus material shaved off, helping to keep bike light at 139kg of weight. KTM 390 Duke’s front mudguard is sporty and stubby while both wheels look really smart in orange hue. Its powerful headlight sits in a futuristic looking bikini fairing. Near flat handlebar is tapered alloy, while instruments remain compact, digital readout that sadly still is not the most readable in business. Reading much of its information, especially cascading rev counter is cumbersome. 390 Duke palm grips could likewise have been better, offering nice grip but feeling uncomfortably hard when riding without gloves. Crisp functioning and brightened switches are standard on bike, easy to get used to and good to touch. There is also nice dog-leg shaped controls and functional rear view mirrors.
The 390 Duke arrives with a muscular tank with nice indents for good thigh grip. Speaking of ergonomics, we found rider’s ankle grip panels behind footrests located much too low for any feasible use.
390 Duke’s engine sits proudly exposed between a beefy, orange powder coated steel trellis frame and its centrally located, smartly finished exhaust box peeps out from below gearbox. KTM 390 Duke in India will be available at affordale KTM 390 Duke Price. So, you do not need to worry on financial issues.