The KTM RC/Duke 390 are now equipped with a slipper clutch that will exercise better control by offering higher levels of traction under aggressive downshifting.

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Both the KTM 390s now feature slipper clutch as standard

It is an absolute joy for every biker to ride the KTM RC 390 and Duke 390 with their single-cylinder engines unleashing 43 horses of adrenaline rushing fun. With a stupendous value for money price, the KTM 390 twins let you have fun without having the need to burn a hole in your pocket. Now, making the deal even more lucrative for bikers looking at an affordable performance bike, KTM has silently updated the 2015 model year Duke and RC 390 with a slipper clutch, much to everyone’s surprise.

After speculations were rife during December last year, the addition is surely a serious treat for KTM enthusiasts. The street-fighter is now the most affordable bike in the country to get a slipper clutch offering optimum levels of traction helping the mad Austrian stay in control at all times. A slipper clutch, also known as the Assist Slipper Clutch or ASC allows the clutch to slip until the engine speed matches the speed of the bike. This in turn does not allow the rear wheel to lock under hard downshifting thereby maintaining optimum levels of traction.

The slipper clutch joins the list of performance components already found on the KTM RC and Duke 390 including the Trellis frame, WP USD front forks, extremely sticky Metzeler tyres, Bosch ABS and much more. The 373.2cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine with Nikasil-coated cylinder and forged pistons get no changes. The new slipper clutch equipped KTM 390s are said to be available in showrooms across the country at the same price as before. Existing owners of these bikes can’t get this feature retrofitted.

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The KTM Duke 390 is now the most affordable bike in the country to get a slipper clutch