Bajaj Auto and KTM have launched the much-awaited KTM 390 Duke at an attractive price tag of Rs 1,80,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). This streetbike is sure to thrill many Indian enthusiasts. The aggressive looking 390 screams KTM thanks to minimalistic body work and exposed bright orange trellis frame.
The compact but comprehensive digital instruments show speed, fuel level, an odometer, trip meters and a tachometer. The 390 Duke is equipped with top class, Bajaj-typical illuminated switchgear, dimpled palm grips, a comfortable set of levers and good mirrors. The 10.2-litre fuel tank offers deeply recessed, appropriate thigh support. A side stand-down warning light is standard. Overall quality and fit and finish is good, as expected.
This tech-laden motorcycle deploys a four-stroke and single-cylinder, 373.2cc engine. The 390 Duke also offers fuel-injection, liquid-cooling and a twin camshaft driven quartet of valves.
The KTM 390 Duke's near-400cc engine outputs maximum power of 43bhp at 9500rpm and peak torque of 3.57kgm at 7250rpm. This big Duke gets a six-speed gearbox that shifts in a one-down five-up pattern. In India, the 390 shall use a larger radiator.
The 390 Duke deploys a rigid, steel trellis frame and chunky 43mm diameter front upside down forks developed by suspension specialist WP, and at rear a cast alloy swingarm supporting a monoshock. The suspension setup will be slightly tweaked on the Indian spec bike keeping harsh Indian road conditions in mind. The 390 Duke uses an ABS
enabled 300mm single disc brake in front and 230mm unit at rear, a radial mounted, four piston caliper biting the front, and both controlled by steel-braided hydraulic lines.
The riding position is upright, comfortable and good for daily use and the wide handlebars provide good leverage. The KTM 390 Duke handles with a light, nimble feel, always steering with neutral manners. Its tubeless Metzeler radial front and rear tyres provide terrific grip.
Price: Rs 180,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
On Sale: July 2013
Wheelbase 1367 +/- 15mm
Fuel tank capacity: 10.2 litres
Kerb weight: 154kg
Engine layout: Single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke
Power 44bhp at 9500rpm
Torque 3.57kgm at 7250rpm
Specific output 117.9bhp per litre
Power to weight 285.7bhp per tonne
Gearbox 6-speed, 1-down, 5-up
Front suspension: Upside-down forks
Rear suspension: Monoshock,alloy swingarm
Front brake: 300mm disc
Rear brake: 230mm disc
Wheels: 10-spoke alloy
Rim size (f-r): 17 inches
Tyre size (f-r) :110/70 x 17 / 150/60 x 17 inches KTM 390 Duke launched | News | Autocar India