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KTM 390 Duke revealed

autos Updated: Dec 05, 2012 12:14 IST
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KTM and Bajaj’s upcoming streetbike, the 390 Duke has been revealed at the 2012 EICMA show, Milan. The 390 Duke sports flamboyant, edgy and aggressive naked bike looks, with similar, contemporary lineage as found on the present day small capacity Dukes, the 125 and 200.

The 390 Duke deploys a four-stroke, 373.2cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine with dual overhead camshafts driving four-valves. Transmission is a six-speed, one-down, 5-up toe-shifted box and power is delivered through an X-ring sealed drive chain. Expect furious performance with the light for its class, 139kg kerb weight new Duke producing a healthy peak power output of 44bhp at 9500rpm, and maximum torque of 3.57kgm at 7250rpm.

The 390 Duke will share platforms with smaller capacity sibling, the 200 Duke as is already on Indian streets. The 390 Duke sports a beefy, steel trellis frame and seats its rider in an upright, still sporty riding posture. Fat, 43mm upside-down front forks are standard, as are an alluminium alloy swingarm and monoshock rear suspension. There’s a radial mounted 300mm disc in front and 230mm rear disc brake, the 390 Duke going a big step-up on its smaller siblings for offering the safety of ABS braking. Low-profile, tubeless radial tyres are provided on both lightweight, alloy rims.

The 390 Duke will be locally produced in India from Bajaj’s state-of-the-art Chakan facility on the outskirts of Pune, from where the motorcycle will be exported to global markets including Europe, where the 125 and 200 Duke have already been well received.

Expect the 390 Duke in Bajaj’s Probiking showrooms early in 2013, attractively priced for India at close to Rs 200,000.


WHEEL BASE : 1367 +/-15mm
CHASSIS : Steel trellis, powder coated
SUBFRAME : Alluminium, tapered, 26/22mm
HANDLEBAR : Alluminium, tapered, 26/22mm
ENGINE TYPE : Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled
VALVETRAIN : 4-per cylinder, DOHC
BORE/STROKE : 89/60mm
POWER : 44bhp at 9500rpm
TORQUE : 3.57kgm at 7250rpm
TRANSMISSION : 6 speed, 1 down, 5 up
FUEL SYSTEM : Bosch EFI, 46mm throttle body
CLUTCH : Wet clutch, mechanically operated
FRONT SUSPENSION : WP 43mm upside down forks, 150mm travel
REAR SUSPENSION : WP Monoshock, 150mm travel
FRONT BRAKE : Four piston, radial caliper, 300mm disc
REAR BRAKE Single piston, 230mm disc
ABS Bosch 9MB two channel
WHEELS FRONT-REAR Cast alloy, 3.00 x 17- 4.00 x 17inches
TYRES FRONT-REAR 110/70 x 17-150/60 x 17inches
CHAIN : X-Ring
SILENCER : Stainless steel silencer, regulated catalytic converter