|Engine Displ. :||373.2 cc|
|Power :||43.5 PS @ 9000 rpm|
|No Of Gears :||6 Speed|
|Fuel System :||NA|
|Head Lamp :||LED|
|Wheels Type :||Alloy|
|Tyre Type :||Tubeless|
|Standard Warranty (Years) :||NA|
February 23, 2017: KTM’s feature-packed 2017 Duke 390 has been launched. The 2017 model gets a complete redesign with full LED headlamps, a revised BSIV motor, new exhaust, ride-by-wire and a colour TFT tablet-type instrument console. The 390 Duke should offer the best performance under the Rs 2.5 lakh price bracket owing to the high-performance 373cc engine and the lightweight chassis and bodywork. The bike also gets a host of first-in-class features like a colour TFT screen, standard switchable ABS and slipper clutch. The 390 Duke is priced at Rs 2.26 lakh (ex-Delhi). The bike faces competition from the Benelli TNT 300 and Kawasaki Z250 which are priced way higher. The 2017 KTM 390 Duke should be able to hold the crown of the best sports bike under the Rs 3 lakh price bracket.
It’s been a long time coming and we actually had to buy one to bring you this road test
It's become heavier, more expensive but not more powerful. Has the fizzy and tangy 390 Duke evolved into its next generation a milder flavour for 2017?
The 390 Duke looks sharper than ever before as the new bike is inspired by the mean-looking Super Duke R. The split LED headlight, chunky TFT colour display, larger LED tail unit and two-tone split trellis frame adds to the Duke’s flashy looks. Another likeable feature is MyRide, which allows the rider to connect his smartphone via Bluetooth, wherein all the information is displayed on the screen. This way the rider is notified about incoming calls, which can be received or rejected via the menu switches. Music functions can also be controlled while on the move. The clutch and brake levers are reach-adjustable now and the switchgear is also all new with toggle switches on the left. The plastics and build quality also feels premium and should last for ages.
The 373cc liquid-cooled single is now BS-IV compliant. The internals is unchanged except for a larger airbox that boosts torque by 2Nm to 37Nm @ 7000rpm. Power output remains the same at 43.5PS @ 9000rpm. A major addition is ride-by-wire that smooths out throttle response and is more precise compared to the outgoing Duke 390. The front disc is now 20mm larger than the older model, showcasing a 320mm unit, with radially mounted Bybre callipers. The rear continues to showcase a 230mm disc brake. The brakes come paired with a 3-stage Bosch ABS unit with three options - ABS On, ABS Off and Supermoto, which turns the ABS off for the rear wheel. The brakes have a strong bite, but lack feedback to the rider. Suspension duties are handled by 43mm telescopic front forks and a monoshock at the rear. The new 390 also gets a bigger 13.4-litre fuel tank compared to the older bike’s 10-litre fuel tank. This means you can now go much further in a single top up.
Benelli TNT 300: The Benelli TNT 300 gets contemporary styling which is neither too bold nor too sharp. Build quality is decent and it should prove to be an easy to live with motorcycle. It is mostly loved for its exhaust note and while it not as powerful, nimble or light as the 390 Duke, It comes across as a fairly good touring motorcycle. So, if you are looking to commute in a more relaxed manner and have deep enough pockets to dig into, the TNT 300 is worth shortlisting.
The KTM 390 Duke has always come across as a value for money product and the new variant takes the VFM quotient a notch up as it looks a lot more irresistible now. It gets an LED headlight unit and colour display that we like a lot and also handles beautifully with its aptly tuned suspension setup. Also, while it may not be as quick as the earlier 390, it certainly is a lot more refined. Between the TNT 300 and the KTM 390 Duke, the Benelli comes across as a motorcycle for people looking for a more relaxed way of commuting. The 390 Duke on the other hand is a wild beast and is meant for a lot more experienced riders and thrill seekers.
KTM 390 Duke is available in 2 Colours :
Bang for buck, Styling and exhaustive features, Performance and handling
Stiff ride quality, Not touring friendly
The KTM 390 Duke still remains the benchmark of the segment with fantastic performance and handling dynamics. The styling updates and the additional features have hiked its appeal further.
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