2018 KTM Duke 390 Timeline – Black colour spotted
The 2018 Model KTM Duke 390 will remain similar to the 2017 model and there won’t any major changes. Compared to its first generation, the current model has fewer complaints and is generally perceived as a well-rounded motorcycle. Next year, the Austrian manufacturer will concentrate on upcoming models including the 390 based Adventure and Scrambler, and the new 790 Duke.
The KTM Duke 390 has been spotted with an all-new black shade at a Bangalore dealership. It has not been confirmed whether this is a new variant or just a dealer-level customization, but we are leaning toward the latter at the moment.
Update: It has been confirmed that this is a dealer-level customisation. While the bike gives a fairly good idea as to how a black 2017 Duke 390 will look like, its brighter frame colours and shoddy decal-works are an eyesore. It’s not worth the Rs. 10,000 that you would have to pay, if you ask us.
2018 KTM Duke price
The 2018 version the Duke 390 will retain its prices across all markets.
|Price in India||Rs. 2.25 lakhs|
|Price in UK||4,599 GBP|
|Price in USA||$5,299|
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The all-new 2017 KTM Duke 390 has been launched in India for a price starting from Rs. 2.25 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi). It is similar to the Euro-spec model and is one of the most feature-rich models available under Rs. 5 lakhs.
Here are more details
KTM will bring an update to their Duke 390 on February 23, 2017. The bike was first unveiled at the 2016 EICMA show, Milan and we did a very detailed report of it back then.
When it reaches India, the new Duke 390 will be kitted with all the bells and whistles and will be identical to the European spec model. However localisation will ensure a much lower prices here.
Under the gorgeous fairing is a powerful, 43 bhp, 373.2cc single cylinder engine. It looks sharper than ever and the design takes inspiration from the 2017 KTM Super Duke.
Some of the bikes features include large TFT display with smartphone integration, Ride by wire, conventional exhaust system, 320mm front disc, slipper clutch and Brembo dual channel ABS.
Bookings for the bike has already began for an amount of Rs. 2000/-. Price should be marginally higher.
The 2018 KTM Duke 390 has been caught on video testing on Mumbai-Pune highway. The bike was heavily camouflaged.
Changes: As we said earlier, much of the design is adopted from KTM’s 1290 Super Duke. The bike’s exposed sub frame, tank extension and side view of the new split headlamps are visible in the new video. We also get a good look at the rear, which is a first.
Couple of weeks ago we got to see the 2017 KTM Duke 390 being tested in European roads. Now it seem that the manufacturer has brought the bike to India, in a completely different Avatar. The upcoming bike was seen in an uncamouflaged form at Bajaj’s Chakan plant.
The new spy shots are welcome relief to all Duke lovers, because frankly we were slightly disappointed with the earlier test bike. Cosmetically the bike had remained mostly unchanged, and while timely and regular updates are always great to see, we were expecting something exceptionally KTM. And what is more KTM than a baby Superduke?
Though a proper verdict can only be given after full reveal, we are loving the direction which KTM has taken. One of the biggest complaint that the Duke 390 received is that it looked too similar to the Duke 200. The new updates are sure to take this out of the equation.
Almost all the new updates seem to be inspired from its bigger sibling. At the front, the subtle single headlamp has been replaced by a new sport split setup, that houses the multi-beam lights. The fuel tank is now sharper, and gets extended to cover the USD forks. Though not much of the rear can be seen, it can be made out that the tweaked frame makes the rear slightly shorter. LED DRL’s, indicator lights and integrated taillights will also be provided. It can be seen that the instrument console is a new unit, may be similar to the 690 Duke.
Rumor is that the 2017 Duke 390 will retain the same 373.2cc single cylinder engine but produces more power and torque. Ride-by-wire technology, updated ECU and a new cooling system will be part of the additions. It is also heard that the engine may get a second counter-balancer shaft to reduce vibrations.
The Duke 390 is already a well equipped machine, so features like WP sourced monoshock suspension setup, disc brakes at the front and rear with ABS, slipper clutch and Metzeler tyres will continue.
The 2017 KTM Duke 390 will probably be revealed at the 2016 EICMA, Milan. We can expect the bike to reach our dealerships in 2017. Prices may increase by quarter of a lakh rupees.
Expect similar changes on the 2017 KTM RC390 soon.
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2018 KTM Duke 390 Render
An artist from Milan- Valerio Polifroni has went on to create a speculative render of the upcoming 2017 KTM Duke 390. It is based on inputs from the single spy shot shown above and is built on the 2016 KTM 1290 SuperDuke .
The render looks good and is in tune with the ‘baby Superduke’ we are all expecting.
Here’s a rendering of the 2017 KTM 390 Duke send to us by Mr. Adheep Mohammed. It is based on an earlier spy shot of the bike, whose tank cowl and general side profile should be retained in the upcoming model.
2018 KTM Duke 390 and The 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
2017 version of the KTM Duke 390 will take better inspiration from the upcoming, 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R. A simple look at the headlamps will give you a rough idea of how the Duke 390 mght turn out.
Recently the KTM Duke 125 was also spotted testing in Austria. Like their predecessors, both the Dukes will share similar design. However the headlamps seem to be different.
Read full report: KTM Duke 125 spied
Stay tuned for more news and update.