One of the most affordable performance oriented motorcycle in the country, the KTM Duke 390 is lined to get a major update next year. We have seen a camouflaged spy shot of the bike once before and the changes look massive, at least on the design front. However a new picture has come up on the Facebook group Automotive Forum, which is being claimed to be the upcoming motorcycle spotted in Chakan Pune!
At first, it is easy to dismiss it off as the range topping Super Duke, however, careful observation reveals that the bike is not that premium. The straight chain cover looks mundane (Super Duke’s has a slight curve) and the switchgear seems basic. The head lamp though looks straight out of a science fiction novel!
A lot of KTM Duke 390 owners believe that the Austrian bike maker messed up a bit when it came to the head light’s performance. Well, if this indeed is the new 2017 Duke 390, those gorgeous LEDs are sure going to rock your world. The bike also gets a completely redesigned instrumentation console which is a fair reminder of the new Duke 690.
The new tank extensions though are edgy and lend the bike a very aggressive stance. The tail, which is not properly visible in the bike here, is set to get a complete redesign. The LED indicators move to the top of the head lamp cluster. In terms of powertrain a major revision of the engine is also expected. What we would love even more though is a bigger fuel tank!
Features like switchable ABS and slipper clutch can be expected to be carried over to the newer model while additions may include ride by wire and adjustable brake and clutch levers seen in the European 2016 RC 390. The exhaust setup too will get a retouch to be compliant to the newer and stricter Euro 4 emission norms. Hopefully the canister from the previous spyshots will continue to be present! The official unveil though is expected to happen only in November at EICMA.
So what say guys? What’s your take on this? What new feature would you want to see in the 2017 Duke 390?