Yes, its that time of the year again when your news feed gets overloaded with information about an upcoming KTM motorcycle! This time the buzz is about the KTM Duke 390! The biggest naked KTM manufactured in India is set to be seen in a new avatar at EICMA later this year. Manufactured at Bajaj’s Chakan plant in Pune, the bike shall continue to attack rivals with the idea of affordability ruling with performance!
The bike has been spotted by another YouTuber in what appears to a parking lot. A lot of details have been revealed. The Duke 390 is set to go a lot more premium which might just increase the price tag northwards. Here’s what the changes are:
- New LED headlamp
- Restyled tail section
- Canister exhaust (with BS4/Euro 4 compliance)
- Missing under-engine cowl (production version might get it though)
- New instrumentation control
- New switchgear for controlling the electronics
- Redesigned taillamp
- Michelin Pilot Street tyres
If we talk about internal changes, we expect the engine to get a second balancer shaft to bring high speed vibrations under control. Features like 43 mm upside down WP front forks and dual channel ABS will remain as standard. With the inclusion of ride by wire earlier, there is a good chance that KTM might just add riding modes.
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While the test unit sports Michelins, it is not sure whether the final version will get them or not. The Metzelers though will be sorely missed by track day lovers.
What about you guys? What are your views about the changes to the 2017 KTM Duke 390? Do you have more expectations? Do remember to jot down your views in the comments section.