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

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First published: November 8, 2016, 7:53 PM IST | Updated: November 8, 2016
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New KTM Duke 390 Launched at EICMA 2016, Becomes Cooler Than Ever
2017 KTM Duke 390. (Photo Courtesy: KTM)

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

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

KTM Duke 390, EICMA2017 KTM Duke 390 from the back. (Photo Courtesy: KTM)

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

What do you think about its all-new avatar?

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