First spy pics of Next-Gen Duke 390 have surfaced and we are not sure why but we are reminded of the Pulsar NS200! Check for yourself…
The KTM Dukes have completely revolutionised the way we look at entry level performance motorcycles in India. Backed by an affordable price tag and a gem of a powerful engine, the Duke 390 has been the slayer in not just the 250-300 cc territory but has brought a few from the bigger classes to shame as well.
The Austrian stallion is three years old now and is set to get a model change soon. The folks at MCN have captured spy shots of what seems to be the next-gen Duke 390. Spotted in Spain, this test motorcycle reveals a series of cosmetic changes.
New 2016 Duke Changes
The visible changes include:
- Redesigned fuel tank and tank extensions
- Refreshed seats
- Canister exhaust in place of underbelly units
- New tail lamps
On the looks front, the motorcycle appears to be sleeker and from the following side pic, (specially from the tank and fairing) we are reminded of the naked Pulsar NS200.
If you don’t believe it, here is the Pulsar for you…
The report speculates that the new Duke will get a reworked engine and there may be betterments to the overall behaviour in favour of rideability. It may also get a new engine management system to help in stable combustion and better fuel delivery. The report also adds the possibility of the introduction of a second counter balancer shaft (as seen in the new Duke 690) for smoother engine behaviour.
For some reason and from the clarity of the pictures it appears that these have been intentionally ‘leaked’ and this may be the first hype-building exercise. Which means it may be introduced/unveiled sooner than later internationally. Bajaj-KTM can be expected to launch this new Duke 390 in India sometime next year…