Saturday , December 3 2016

A New KTM Duke 390 Launched At EICMA 2016, Becomes Cooler Than Ever

KTM Dukes have a huge fan following around the globe and one of their most popular offerings is the Duke 390.

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KTM Duke 390

KTM Dukes have a huge fan following around the globe and one of their most popular offerings is the Duke 390. There are several riders in a country who will swear by its performance and it is one of the coolest motorcycles that one can able to  buy in a budget in India. Now, the company has unveiled the all-new 2017 model of the Duke 390 &  the bike looks like it means business.

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The 2016 EICMA, where the KTM Duke 390 was launched, is being held in Milan. Taking about the automobiles specially for the  KTM bikes the latest Duke 390 now sports similar design language to the one followed by its eldest sibling – the Super Duke. This includes (even) a sharper styling with an aggressive-looking split headlamp, which clearly steals the show.

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KTM Duke 390

In this KTM Duke 390 bike, At the heart of this beast lies  the  373cc single-cylinder engine that delivers a 43 horsepower and  the 37 Nm of torque, which comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. What’s new is that Duke 390 comes with  a slipper clutch to prevent the locking of the tyres during aggressive downshifts. There’s a new suspension setup on board as well along with  the  bigger 320 mm front disc brake. At the front, the fuel tank has also increased to 13.4-litres from 11-litres as compared to the preceding generation of the model. Other electronic aids include the ride-by-wire and ABS as standard.

The biggest attraction in terms of new features has to be the TFT colour display screen.

The bike now meets Euro-4 emission regulation norms. This would have required a retuning of the engine (which explains the better power and torque output) and as a result, it now has  the  beefier exhaust which is side mounted, instead of an underbelly exhaust like the one on the  previous model. It has gained a bit of weight too as it now weighs 10 kilos heavier at 149 kilos (dry).

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