KTM Duke 390 Review
The versions of KTM Duke motorcycles are radical in their built quality and performance, pulling them aside to be the elite motorcycles. The BHP of the specific version the Duke got, never fails to excite the rider to go even further. The KTM Duke 390 cc is really a serious angry bee, always at the tag ready to race anywhere or at any time.
In addition, KTM has planned to launch a new edition of 390 cc Duke in the month of April in 2017. The 2017 version of KTM Duke 390 is definitely going to rock the 400 cc segment once again, loaded with advanced features.
Outlook and designs Duke 390
The orange trellis frames, the identity card of the Duke 390 is the first thing you spot on it every time distinguishing the capability of the bike from its younger sibling Duke 200. In addition, the front and rear orange alloys further confirm the Duke 390 to think about the state of art of obtaining the gush of power and abundance torque for which it is made for.
Gazing through the dimension of the Duke 390, from the headlamp to the tail LED, it remains almost identical to the 200cc Duke, yet graphics work on the fuel tank slightly differs. The engine of the Duke 390 existing in the center keeps the gravity and stability of the bike stable least bothered about the overall weight. The rest of the components of the Duke 390 are the typical characters of the Duke family motorcycles.
Duke 390 Engine
The 373.2cc engine of the Duke 390 is hyper rapid and bounces with energy with its single cylinder, liquid cooled 4-stoke wet sump chamber. The DOHC (double OverHead cam shaft) associated 4 valves handle the combustive incoming and out gases together, and are reliable and friction less due to the hard carbon coating on the cam levers.
The Duke 390 comes out with a power of 43 BHP @ 9500 RPM and maximum torque of 35 NM @ 7250 RPM. The manual six speed gearbox mated to the engine weighs overall of 36 Kg which is incredible and sounds great on KTM’s Keen engine construction.
The 390 Duke’s top speed and mileage
The Duke 390 is faster to hit the speed of 0-100 in just 5.5 Secs and 0-60 in less than 3 Secs. The throttle response is quicker that one has to hold the handle bars for grip as the 390 excels in speed. The mileage on the other hand is fair enough, of giving 24-26 Kmpl for a 400 cc engine, when tested on both the city traffic and highways.
Also Read: Changes made on 2017 Duke 390
The fuel injection of the 390 Duke takes in more spice to the engine understanding the quick six gear stokes and offers a great deal in the performance however returns with a decent mileage. The fuel tank of the Duke 390 holds 11 litres at a stretch and provides a great ergonomics to keep the rider’s position comfortable and thereby increasing the drive ability in the corners.
Duke 390’s Instrument consoles
The digital console of the Duke 390 is a perfect design and the display frame has room for speedometer, trip-meter, tachometer, odometer, clock, fuel gauge and racing lap timing. In addition to these features, the Duke 390 also has a provision for engine temperature bar graph, average speed and mileage indicator, side stand indicator, Gear Shift Light, low oil and low battery complaints.
The three chambered under belly exhaust is absolutely fit for the KTM Duke 390 with a package of awesome look and least pollution emission, yet on the other hand helps the center of gravity of the bike (Wet Weight 154 kg).
Trellis frame of Duke 390
Behind the attractive orange colour of the Duke 390’s trellis frame, the power hidden and lightweight significantly contributes to the maneuverability and accuracy. In addition, the structure further supports the performance and handling obeying the center of gravity.
Suspension and Swingarm of Duke 390
The die caste swingarm of the 390 Duke is lighter yet capable of keeping the motorcycle assembly integrated. The high quality white performance (WP) suspension with an upside down fork (WP 43mm) and rear WP mono-shocks features just matches the Duke 390’s performance evenly providing smooth stiffness and great control on rides.
Brakes and Tyres
The power and fun of Duke are always under the surveillance of braking systems that ensures safety. The radially-bolted, four-piston caliper, 300mm Disc in the front and 230mm Disc brake with one pot brake caliper at the rear with ABS powered system is a perfect arrangement for the bike made by the Bosch and Brembo combination.
The alloy wheels of 17 inches are perfect to give an excellent ground clearance (170 mm) with 110/70 R17 and 150/60 R17 Metzeler tyres in the front and rear, respectively. The tubeless tyres are smooth enough to find great grip and increased handling capability of both wet and dry conditions.
KTM Duke 390 Shades
White and Black are the two shades available.
Courtesy: Romero S, Mandl H