You can’t get enough of the KTM Duke 390, and these new details of the upcoming, new & improved model has surely got us & potential buyers hooked. What you see here is the 2017 KTM Duke 390 on test on international soil. The new model is expected to make a debut at or ahead of the EICMA show later this year. This is the best picture revealing how the bike would look when seen head on.
The image we see here could possibly be of the smaller 125cc Duke, but since all the siblings share the same chassis & styling; this is most likely what the next-gen Duke 390 would look like.
The baby duke now looks more sharp & muscular, thanks to the design inspiration taken from the Super Duke R. After a striking debut in 2013, the KTM Duke 390 has been sitting on top of the entry-level naked sportsbike segment beating competitors in every aspect such as price, performance & features. The new model is only going to make things better for itself, and tougher for competition.
The bike gets a major overhaul in styling with new fuel tank, new floating tank cowls which are sharper, new LED headlamp without any fairing, free floating new instrument cluster now mounted on the handlebar, a full size exhaust (possible), updated seats, reworked rear subframe, new LED tail lamp, new rear mud guard, new radiator cowl on side, etc.
The 373cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke petrol engine will be upgraded to meet Euro-4 emission and noise standards. The motor could get a balancer shaft to make it more refined and iron out the vibrations. The bike could also feature ride-by-wire technology along with riding modes. Power and torque figures are also rumoured to be bumped up marginally, which would make a big difference actually.
Let’s hope that the pricing remains almost the same of a few thousand bucks extra. Even with the BMW G 310 R slated for a launch soon, there is no beating the KTM Duke 390 as an overall package.