The launch of KTM bikes in India sparked a revolution no one could’ve see coming. The Bajaj-KTM collaboration created a new segment of bikes in the country and then continued to dominate it entirely unopposed. The KTM Duke 200 established the Austrian marque as a household name in India and the launch of the Duke 390 and RC 200/390 just served to increase KTM’s popularity even more among the power-starved bikers of the country.
Even though its bikes are miles ahead of the competition in terms of both affordability and power, KTM refuses to rest on its laurels and has already come up with an upgraded version of the Duke 390. The first spy shots of the 2017 KTM Duke 390 showed the extent of the design changes the bike has undergone.
The newer bike’s design is a lot more aggressive and pronounced. The exposed frame gets a dual orange-and-white colour scheme while the fuel tank has been raised and flared to blend in seamlessly with the new headlight – which happens to be the best upgrade the Duke 390 has received. The headlight is a tapering LED unit similar to that of the KTM flagship – SuperDuke R, albeit with a vertical split right down the middle.
The new pics of the 2017 KTM Duke 390 also show that the design is not the only thing that’s new with the bike. The new Duke 390 features an upgraded digital instrument cluster which can sync with the rider’s smartphone to display important information including routes on Google Maps.
KTM had surprised us in the last update for the Duke 390 by introducing ride-by-wire and slipper clutch technologies which are usually found only on high-end sports bikes. Continuing this trend of offering the very best in technology to their customers, the 2017 KTM Duke 390 will come with variable riding modes, which is a dream come true for those passionate bikers who can’t afford top end superbikes but still want that sort of riding experience.
In terms of power, the singe-cylinder engine will be retained on the next generation KTM Duke 390, albeit with significant changes including improved power and torque output. Reports also suggest that the new engine will get a second counter-balance shaft like the updated Duke 690, which will help in reducing vibrations from the motor, while the ECU will also receive significant updates. Improved cooling system and exhausts are also said to be in place on the new Duke 390.
Then official unveiling of the 2017 KTM Duke 390 is expected at the 2016 EICMA Show in Milan later this year, going by KTM’s tradition of revealing products at the annual event. As ever, there is lots to look forward to from the Austrian company next year as the updates will be carried over to the RC 390 as well.