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KTM Duke 390 Is One Complete Rocket!

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KTM Duke 390 Power

KTM seems to have burst a cracker of sorts with the Duke 390. The Austrian automaker will soon be lifting off the covers from their latest Duke motorcycle but details have already leaked on the internet. The scans from the brochure reveal the Duke 390 to be very similar in appearance to the Duke 200. Even the hardware looks similar with the Duke 390 having the same trellis frame, but painted in KTM’s orange racing colors. The suspension, tyres and brakes seem to be the same as the Duke 200.

Powering the KTM Duke 390 is a new 373.2cc single-cylinder, water-cooled engine that produces 44 PS of peak power output at 9500 RPM and 35 Nm of peak torque output at 7250 RPM. This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and the fueling system is made by Bosch. The Duke 390 weighs just 139 kgs (dry weight), which gives it an immense power to weight ratio of 316 PS per tonne!! Expect a 0 – 100 km/hr time of under 7 seconds, while top speed should be around 170 km/hr.

All bikes in Europe need to offer ABS as standard and thus the Duke 390 comes with ABS. We hope Bajaj-KTM offer ABS in India as well, since the Duke 390 does need splendid braking performance owing to the high speeds its capable off. With the styling and most parts shared with the Duke 200, we can expect the Duke 390 to be priced very competitively. The 390 Duke will be manufactured at Bajaj Auto’s plant in Chakan and we expect prices to start around Rs. 2 lakhs, which is a bargain for such a high performance motorcycle.

KTM Duke 390 ABS

KTM Duke 390 Specs

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  • No One

    What about the Pulsar with 373cc engine ?

  • Ben

    The full power cannot be tapped in this duke. With very less weight and peak power developing at about 10000rpm, the bike will definitively lose its stability. The fueling system from bosch will not be efficient too. The single cylinder layout also supports my point. So at a maximum it has the characteristics of a dirt bike. So the sad thing from ktm is that, in countries like india, their ‘exc’ series of bikes would be wonderful but instead they are playing with duke.

    • Pulsarboy

      Duke 200 doesn’t face any of the issues listed by you, so why would Duke 390? In India, dirt bikes won’t work, we are still not that matured with respect to biking. So, street bikes are the way to go, atleast for now.

    • Ben, it remains to be seen how this Duke performs. I am sure KTM-Bajaj might have taken other factors into consideration too.

  • sen

    this one could easily be within the 2lac mark

  • Pulsarboy

    2 lakhs, you must be kidding! it’s 45 bhp bike and you expect it to be priced @ 2 lakhs? I don’t think it will be priced under 2.5 lakhs coz they have to leave enough space to price Pulsar variant of this bike as well.

    • Rs. 2 lakhs starting = 2.20 lakhs on-road. Single-cylinder, same body and hardware the Duke 200 and manufactured completely in India, there is no reason why Bajaj won’t be able to price it aggressively. They also have to distant themselves from the Ninja 300R.

      Pulsar 375 for Rs. 2 lakhs? I don’t think so. More like 1.75 lakhs.

    • Pulsarboy

      @Faisal, would you agree that there must be some gap between Duke 200 & P375 i.e. pricing wise, so that sales are not cannibalised. Similarly, There should be gap between P375 & Duke 390. Going by P200/Duke 200 pricing, if Pulsar starts at 1.75 lakhs, then Duke will start @2.25 lakhs at the least. Certainly you dont’ expect P375 to come at the price of Duke 200, do you? That would be suicidal from Bajaj!

    • Pulsarboy, if they price it at Rs. 2.25 lakhs also, it will still be very competitive. I still feel Rs. 2 lakhs is what the Duke 390’s initial price will be.

    • Pulsarboy

      forgot to mention, either way it’s going to make Ninja 300/250 (whichever it is for us) look like ridiculously priced coz it’s going to have more bhp/torque from a single 370cc engine than the twin employed in Ninja. At least on paper Duke looks better, performance may also be in the same range. It’s got crucial weight advantage too, which will help a lot on a track.

    • Pulsarboy, the Ninja will be twin-cylinder with full fairing. Those who buy a Ninja know what they are getting, so Kawasaki need not worry.

    • Richdad

      Ninja 300 might cost 3.5 lacs onroad delhi, but still it has better tech and has full fairing. I mean the N300 looks like a full fledge sports bike and getting one might for some one who dont want to go past 150 kph (its also not healthy to do so in india) it seems like a very good proposition. n300 will definitely grab more attention here in India.

  • deepan

    so its going to be a different engine +ABS- in a 200 duke body which is a must need for this insane power to tonne ratio rocket……but i am still disappointed (a bit;)) that it does not come with a different physical design to differentiate between the younger 200. i hope they put bigger tyres in the rear ;) at least :P.

    • Deepan, the Duke already have big 150 section tyres.

  • saurabh gharat

    I am going to buy this bike for sheer acceleration. I want to convert it into a crossover. I want to use it as street on weekdays and a cb500x on weekends. I want to increase the tank capasity 20l and I need a faring like the cb500x which can be removed for weekdays.

  • Gaurav “FlameDust”

    Are you out of your mind Saurabh Gharat?

  • Chris

    With that insane power to weight ratio, KTM could also have tried a full fairing bike to compete with CBR250 and the baby Ninja. For all its power the duke 390 remains a street hooligan like its younger sibling and not a cruiser. a proper faired bike with cruising abilities for two would see more sales and occupy the spectrum for KTM in India. The CBR250R will keep enjoying the exclusive status that its awesome price and cruising abilities afford.

    • Chris, looks like KTM has heard you. They are working on a faired version of the 390 Duke.

  • hanep

    I have brought duke200 few months ago and am wondering does KTM offer engine conversion from Duke200 to Duke390 since both shared the same chasis body?

  • Ishan

    is duke 390 worth buying….??

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