The KTM 390 Duke sets a new benchmark, new expectations and value for money for a 373cc bike, can’t really say it’s for an entry level rider but it’s a real fun bike that make you want to do “naughty” things. What I mean “Naughty” is slide in corner, pop a wheelie when in first gear, zoom pass other riders like a silent sewing machine (still standard factory exhaust)! Whack in an Akrapovič full system will add to the “Naughtiness” but confirm everyone will know you are coming and zooming pass them as they were standing still!
When KTM launched the 390 Duke a month and half ago, we got a chance to test it ride after the official launch of the 250 and 390 Duke, but the Media ride we didn’t really test the 250 nor the 390. So this time we had about 4 solid days to review about the 390 Duke. The KTM Duke series changed the entry-level performance bike segment with its front up-side-down WP Suspension and rear WP monoshocks back in 2013 and now the Duke get a better handling package and a +2 Nm to 37Nm in torque. No change in the horsepower department, 390 Duke remains at 43hp. The 373cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine
So this is 5 things what we love about the KTM 390 Duke!
Guys at Kiska always are the design specialist and the SuperDukeR inspired Dukes are one of them, the 390 gets the headlamp looking like a “Praying Mantis” with split LED fangs with aggressive style and exposed sub-frame take the aesthetic value of the bike to a new level.
Ready to Race handling? That’s what you will get with the updated WP Suspension, it’s get a harder suspensions and on a track surface, it won’t go wrong with the 390 Duke, slap the 390 Duke with multiple twisty corners, the 390 Duke, KTM calls it the CORNER ROCKET, seems to fit the bill, will take the twisty corners like a piece of cake with icing on top! The ergonomics makes the rider a more up right riding position, with foot peg position moved backwards and up.
3. TFT Display Meter
The 390 Duke’s display is like a phone attached to the bike, like a Samsung Note 12 display! Not kidding ya, never before an entry level displacement bike has a full TFT display panel. The TFT display is something we see on bigger and super expensive bikes and never on bikes priced like this. The TFT gives the ride the range ride data, along with other pop-up menu, that is operated via the new menu buttons on the left. The kill switch and side-stand warning signs are text based. There’s also KTM ‘My Ride’ function that connects the smartphone to the cluster via Bluetooth.
Feels too light! Is than good? Hell yeah lighter is better, and with the shorter 10mm wheelbase, makes the 390 Duke, super easy to handle! The +10 kg from the previous model doesn’t really make much difference as its already light weight. Still only 149kg dry!
With a wider and longer seat, the rider has more space to move around. The bike doesn’t feel cramped anymore as the combination of increase seat height and new pegs position has eased up the riding position. The ride-by-wire system has made the throttle response smoother.
5. SuperMoto Mode
Whats SuperMoto Mode? Well SuperMoto is always sliding in to corners right, but with ABS you really can’t lock up the rear, but you can on SuperMoto Mode, which this mode shuts the rear ABS and makes you happy sliding your rear in corners, together with smooth slipper clutch sliding the rear never been so much fun. And for track junkies, can completely off the ABS. But the 390 Duke must be stationary for you to set the ABS modes. Can’t do that while riding. With a bigger 320mm brake disc at the front. The brakes perform brilliantly.
With a price tag of RM28,800 the new 390 Duke is a value for money motorcycle, be it your first bike or an old hand, the 390 Duke wont fail to impress.