Bajaj Auto and KTM have launched the much awaited KTM 390 Duke at an attractive price tag of Rs 180,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). This exciting, quick performing 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 43.5 bhp at 9000rpm and peak torque of 3.57kgm at 7000rpm. 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, for better cooling in our torrid conditions.
The 390 Duke deploys a rigid, steel trellis frame and chunky 43mm diameter front upside down forks developed by suspension specialist WP, while at rear there's a cast alloy swingarm supporting a monoshock. The suspension setup has been tweaked to make it slightly plusher 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 rear unit, 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 with wide handlebars provide good leverage. The KTM 390 Duke handles with a light, nimble feel, always steering with neutral manners. It's tubeless Metzeler radial front and rear tyres provide terrific grip.
The 390 Duke goes on sale through Bajaj's existing network of 75 Probiking dealers. Watch out for our comprehensive road test, coming soon.