KTM ’s 2017 Duke 390 has been unveiled at the ongoing EICMA Motor show in Milan. It has been completely restyled, and sees an improvement in features as well as an update to EURO-4 compliance.
Unlike the existing model, the 2017 variant takes huge inspiration from the manufacturer’s 1290 SuperDuke. This has made it a completely new motorcycle and arguably one of the best looking sub-500cc streetfighter.
At the front, newly designed bifurcated LED headlamp can be seen. LED indicators and TFT display is placed just above it. Talking about the display, it is a very impressive full-colour unit with smartphone integration, and can be navigated by using handle mounted arrow keys.
On the sides, the larger 13.4 liter fuel tank is now shod with sharper and longer cowling. Addition of new sub-frame has changed the bike’s seating a bit, hopefully providing better comfort. Another interesting change that most Indians would notice is the full Akrapovic exhaust. The bike’s underbelly unit has been replaced to a new full system (Not Akrapovic).
Powering the 2017 Duke 390 is the same 373 cc single cylinder mill producing 44 PS and 35 Nm, mated to a 6-Speed transmission. There are no changes in power and torque figures.
Mechanically, new 43mm WP forks, improved ride-by-wire with ride modes, dual function forks and larger 320mm front disc brake enhance the already impressive feature list.
2017 Duke 390 launch and price in India
The new Duke 390 should debut in India early 2017 with a slight increase in price. It will be produced in the country, in association with Bajaj Autos.
It is unclear if all the above features will be made available on the Indian spec variant.