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KTM 390 Duke review, test ride

Hot on the heels of their successful Indian debut with the 200 Duke in 2012, KTM and Bajaj Probiking are all set to launch their second motorcycle in India, the 390 Duke. This is the first KTM bike ever to be sold in all 76 markets KTM today has a presence in.

We ride KTM's potent new streetbike, coming to India this June.

Hot on the heels of their successful Indian debut with the 200 Duke in 2012, KTM and Bajaj Probiking are all set to launch their second motorcycle in India, the 390 Duke. This is the first KTM bike ever to be sold in all 76 markets KTM today has a presence in.

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The big-single 390 is a naked, road going streetbike, produced at Bajaj's Chakan facility on the outskirts of Pune, India. Like the 200 Duke, the sporty 390 promises a lot on paper, with a star studded spec list, but everyones waiting to hear exactly what it feels like on the road?

The 390 Duke comes with a muscular tank, with nice indents for good thigh grip. Speaking of ergonomics, we found the rider's ankle grip panels behind the footrests located much too low for any viable use.

The 390 Duke does feels best when ridden hard, short-shifting up the gearbox to keep revs in the meaty bit of its powerband.

Fat, 43mm upside-down front forks are standard, as are a handsome alluminium alloy swingarm and monoshock rear suspension. Ride quality feels a touch more firm than on the 200 Duke, taut at all times and allowing the bike to offer really sporty, sharp handling. Low-profile, tubeless Metzeler radial tyres are provided on both lightweight, alloy rims, providing exceptional grip throughout our extensive, often blisteringly fast paced ride, and good news is these will be standard kit on Indian bikes.

You shouldn't be considering a 390 Duke if looking for fuel economy, but do look out for our upcoming road test for more detail on that.

Fact File
Engine
Installation 375cc 4-per cylinder, DOHC, Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled
Power 44bhp at 9500rpm
Torque 3.57kgm at 7250rpm
Transmission
Type 6 speed, 1 down, 5 up
Dimensions
Height 1367 +/-15mm
Ground clearance 172mm
Chassis & Body
Construction Steel trellis, powder coated
Weight 139kg
Wheels Cast alloy, 3.00 x 17- 4.00 x 17inches
Tyres 110/70 x 17-150/60 x 17inches
Suspension
Front WP 43mm upside down forks
Rear WP Monoshock
Brakes
Front Four piston, radial caliper, 300mm disc
Rear Single piston, 230mm disc
Anti-lock Bosch 9MB two channel
Economy
Tank size 11L

  • First Published Date : 18 Apr 2013, 11:13 PM IST