A few weeks back, KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer said that the Austrian company is working on low capacity full faired bikes, as there is quite a demand for such motorcycles in India. The Duke 390 was one of the candidates to get a full fairing. Now that KTM has officially announced its plans to launch the RC 250R in India early next year, we doubt the 390 Duke will get a full fairing any time soon. But if it had to, it doesn’t really look like a great idea. The Duke does look good as a naked street-fighter.
Our rendering of the full faired KTM 390 Duke shows that the front can look quite bulbous and the current street-fighter appearance is more eye catchy on the motorcycle. Full faired bikes do have the advantage of being more aerodynamic but Indian bikers prefer full fairing simply because it looks sporty. Till data, Bajaj Auto has never offered a full faired bike but this could change with the launch of the Pulsar 375, which is expected to go on sale later this year or earlier next year.
The KTM 390 Duke is powered by a single-cylinder motor which belts out 44 HP of juice and 35 Nm of turning force. All this power is transfered to the tarmac with the help of a 6-speed manual gearbox. One of the biggest advantages of the Duke is the low weight, which boosts power to weight ratio significantly. However the full faired Duke 390 will be slightly heavier due to the extra parts and one won’t be able to see the gorgeous trellis frame completely. Do you think KTM should give the Duke 390 a full fairing?