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deville_56 18th October 2014 10:51 AM

PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
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The Story:
All began with brother looking for an Suzuki SS80. After lot of search all were insanely priced and spares getting scarce and costly day by day. Then thought of Zen Carbon/Steel. Finally a good example reached close by, missed it in a couple hours gap. Car snatched by one bloody broker and now put for sale at 50% more the buying price. Then thought why not let it go and upgrade the bike.

His heart fell for the Royal Enfield Continental GT. Test drove it and almost fixed it. Lots of customization options. Everything used it was the best, tuner developed chassis, Pirelli Sports Demon tyres, Brembo brakes, Piaoli suspension, the cafe racer style, but the engine was a crap RE unit, which does not go well with the cafe racer theme. It had hell lot of low end and mid torque but dead flat after mid range. Plus RE-gene, it vibrates like hell and with the cafe racer posture all weight on wrists and this vibes means almost 90% sold GTs ending up for sale. We found so many examples in classifieds than ever sold in Trivandrum outlet. Plus I was riding a C500 the same day to go to take TD and I hated the already hated RE for such a horribly vibrating engine and precise false-neutral gear box. His heart was saying GT, my mind was saying no GT [evil]

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He was particularly in love with yellow GT. It's too too sexy.

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Then came the KTM RC. Display bike was available at showroom, but unluckily no TD. He went and took a look and it was too sexy and the best designed bike available in India. It was very value for money also. 44 bhp 375 cc engine, projectors, ABS, etc, etc at 2.34 L on-road price tag. Decided to go for it. With some of my biker friends who are friendly with the showroom got oppurtunity to get proper feel of the bike, but terror struck. The riding posture was too stressed for short guys like us. Already reaching ground was very difficult. Adding to it, reaching the handle was difficult. Combing together, riding wont be as comfortable for us. So became double minded.

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Then there was a black Duke 390 displayed, which was new color. Looked good in flesh. Hated the white. Took TD of D200 and D390. Again reaching down was difficult, yet manageable. Booked D390 paying 10k in advance with a promised next day delivery after paying the full amount.

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Got out from there, bought a helmet on the way home. MT Blade Raceline. INR 5650. Great padding, dual visor, double D strap, NFC tag, etc, etc.

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Settled balance amount on 15/10/2014 and bike was ready for delivery on 16/10/2014. Total amount was 2.10 L on-road.

Brother getting keys from Mr. Renju, the showroom manager (a nice guy, who wont treat you like a time waster when in for inquiry).

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On the roll.

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Home sweet home

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With Barricade.

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First Service Done >> First service costs

AMG 18th October 2014 11:06 AM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
Wonderful decision.
I envy the bike everyday. There's one parked at my hostel.

PS: Putting the barricade up for sale?

deville_56 18th October 2014 11:51 AM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
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in broad daylight

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Front

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Three-quarter

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Rear

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The Trellis frame. Orange frame and alloy distinguishes it from its 200cc counterpart.

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375 cc single cylinder liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine. Produces 44 bhp raw power. 159 kg weight makes close to 250 bhp per tonne [evil] Mated to 6-speed transmission.

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Underbelly exhaust

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WP inverted telescopic suspension.

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WP monoshocks.

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KTM Racing

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Diecast swingarms.

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300 mm front disk. Comes with Bosch ABS and Bybre dual pot caliper.

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230 mm rear disk with Bybre single pot caliper. Again Bosch ABS

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Scultpted front mudguard

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Tank looks bulky but holds less, 10.5 L.

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Split seats.

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All LED rear.

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Front LED indicators. Headlight comes with 60/55 H4, Park light not LED though. Mirror looks good, but got lot of blind spots.

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Cockit view. Full digital instrument cluster. Fuel cap is borrowed from Pulsar, hinged one.
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Exhaust is squeezed in, don't look pleasing.

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The radiator. Needs protector. Available as accessory, but costly. Need to make something DIY. All wires and cables neatly managed. See the steel-braid brake lines.

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Bikini fairing sits hidden behind plate.

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KTM KTM everywhere.

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Backlit switches, carried over from Pulsar, luckily no BCU. and no inverted engine kill.

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no self cancellation either.

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Handguard, standard fitment on 390, available as accessory on 200. Fugly uncomfortable handle grips and levers carried over from Pulsar. Wished it had better grips and a buffed lever.

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Neat crashguard and engine belly. Oil filter is easily acccesible.

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Easy access coolant tank. Eye one other side for checking coolant level.

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Rear brake fluid reservoir also easily accessible.

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Key to max power affordable to a middle class.

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deville_56 18th October 2014 12:24 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
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Number plate is plastic. No more bend plates

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Ugly wheel hugger

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New shield to protect monoshock. Post-August models gets these, new upgraded alloys, lighter clutch and better engine packings.

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Under seat. Enough room for papers and some tidbits.

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Lots of fuse. Separate fuse for everything unlike single fuse for every other bike.

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Front seat is bolted down and houses the airfilter and battery. Battery is an Exide 8 Ah sealed unit.

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First thing in the morning, removed wheel hugger.

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LED tail, park light.

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Brake light

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Need LEDs soon.

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Attention to detail.

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Side stand does not look that great, but holds the mammoth.

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Mean look without wheel hugger.

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Sexiest part of the bike, the Metzler tyres. Grippiest tyres ever available in India. Cant even slide the bikes.

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Front tyres.

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Metzler

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Sportec M5. Costs close to 24k a pair in open market. Bajaj selling at rebated price of 16-17k. Costliest replacement part in the bike. Lasts only close to 10k km.

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150/60ZR17. Capable of handling upto 270 kmph.

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110/70ZR17 in front

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Insane lean markers.

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And funnier too.

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And it's Made in Germany.

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390

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Manual and its cover. and new key rings.

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deville_56 18th October 2014 12:36 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
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Closer look at console. It's a full digital unit. Shows almost all warnings and messages in easy to read format. Unlike other bikes, there is a temperature guage too. Lots of other warnings like low battery, overheating, etc there. Also got ABS on/ff warning and switch. And of course a clock and 2 tripmeters.

The welcome message. Ready to race.

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Side stand down warning.

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RPM is bar. Difficult to read on run if you are keen about knowing your rpm, I am one of that kind [evil]

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Got light sensitive black lit. Goes off if too sunny. It shows run time and average speed. No top speed, 0-60 readings like RTR. Will reset if key switched off for more than 60 minutes. Engine kill also shuts down the speedo console.

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Also live mileage and liters per 100 km.

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Also got service reminder.

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It also got programmable shift lights.

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Not one, but 2 levels [evil]

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Shift lights ON, set at 2k for testing. Now 5 and 7k respectively.

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deville_56 18th October 2014 12:37 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AMG (Post 412660)
Wonderful decision.
I envy the bike everyday. There's one parked at my hostel.

PS: Putting the barricade up for sale?

Noway gonna sell it [:D]

allhyundaicars 19th October 2014 11:33 AM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
Congrats on the bike [:D] this is one hell of an bike , amazing acceleration. I have touched 120kmph on this.

Friend got the bike serviced yesterday only (3k rupees) first paid service. just letting you know :p

deville_56 19th October 2014 04:05 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by allhyundaicars (Post 412830)
Friend got the bike serviced yesterday only (3k rupees) first paid service. just letting you know :p

3k reasonable for the capacity/power [evil]

Quote:

Originally Posted by allhyundaicars (Post 412830)
Congrats on the bike [:D] this is one hell of an bike , amazing acceleration. I have touched 120kmph on this.

Still in the 60s, run in.

AMG 19th October 2014 04:20 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
Wait till the minor heart attack you get when it is at 10K km and you have to shell out 20K for the tyres.

deville_56 19th October 2014 04:39 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AMG (Post 412860)
Wait till the minor heart attack you get when it is at 10K km and you have to shell out 20K for the tyres.

Already mentioned about that in the story [evil] Tyre cost is 24k, Bajaj rebated price 16k. Will take so long to reach 10k km.

AMG 19th October 2014 04:44 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by deville_56 (Post 412864)
Already mentioned about that in the story [evil] Tyre cost is 24k, Bajaj rebated price 16k. Will take so long to reach 10k km.


hmmm. All right.
So its not an issue for you. But for me who does a lot more km, it is definitely a criteria.

deville_56 19th October 2014 05:05 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AMG (Post 412865)
hmmm. All right.
So its not an issue for you. But for me who does a lot more km, it is definitely a criteria.

That's hell of a tyre, worth the money. No one will regret spending on that.

AMG 19th October 2014 05:18 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
I do accept that no one will.

But if you ride like 30K KMs a yer, you're gonna bankrupt yourself.

nikhn 19th October 2014 05:32 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
Hey congrats on your new bike! I've booked the RC 200 and the wait is killing me![cry]

Like you said, the bikes looks way better without the rear tyre hugger. Do you have any issues of dirt being thrown up onto the pillion when riding on wet and muddy roads?

deville_56 19th October 2014 09:00 PM

Re: PowerPig! - KTM Duke 390 - October 2014
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AMG (Post 412870)
I do accept that no one will.

But if you ride like 30K KMs a yer, you're gonna bankrupt yourself.

If someone can afford to own a 2 lakh bike and can afford to run it 30k km in a year, then obviously he can afford tyres [;)]

Quote:

Originally Posted by nikhn (Post 412871)
Hey congrats on your new bike! I've booked the RC 200 and the wait is killing me![cry]

Like you said, the bikes looks way better without the rear tyre hugger. Do you have any issues of dirt being thrown up onto the pillion when riding on wet and muddy roads?

Congrats. How long is the wait?? Forget the pillion, the rider himself is gonna drench in mud without wheelhugger and be ready to get abused by the guy coming behind you


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