KTM Duke 390 (2016) - Long Term Ownership Review


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Last week, I rode down to Kolli Hills with a friend, on return the coolant level went down a bit. This week, I took the bike to KTM SVC as they are very close to my location, they have changed the water pump gasket/seal and asked me to observe for a week or two and come back. Lets see how it goes.

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Was it so low that they suspect a gasket failure?
Yes, the coolant was at the max level when I left home for the ride, when I came back, it was just above min mark. The day I started the bike for SVC visit, it smoked a bit, my suspicion grew stronger. I do have a ride in the month of August to either Mangalore or Rameswaram. Lets see how the bike does.
 
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Our's failed at around 31k mark and replaced under warranty, the full impeller kit.
I too had a failed water pump due to coolant and oil mixing. luckily mech replaced it without taking any risk by just replacing the gasket.

Yes, the coolant was at the max level when I left home for the ride, when I came back, it was just above min mark. The day I started the bike for SVC visit, it smoked a bit, my suspicion grew stronger. I do have a ride in the month of August to either Mangalore or Rameswaram. Lets see how the bike does.
Make sure to take the bike for a short spin on the highway for around 100-200 kms and check the bike ASAP.
 
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I too had a failed water pump due to coolant and oil mixing. luckily mech replaced it without taking any risk by just replacing the gasket.


Make sure to take the bike for a short spin on the highway for around 100-200 kms and check the bike ASAP.
I was a bit late to complete the 150 kms run in post gasket change, Unfortunately, the issue persists, the bike is smoking a tad bit upon first start of the day and coolant dropping as well. Time to head towards SVC once again.
 
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An update after dropping the bike in SVC, the head gasket needs to be checked as coolant is visible in the engine oil window. Photos and other things will be coming to myself before I approve of the work, looking at around a full service + internal sealing gasket change and 8-10K hit to the wallet. The expense is okay if the bike runs trouble free for the next 2 years, I had anyway budgeted 20% of my purchase cost towards maintenance expenses (excluding general service) arising out of a used vehicle.
 
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