Having excited KTM fans for months with spy-shots and leaked images of the 2017 Duke 390, KTM has finally released on official teaser video of the bike. The Austrian company is set to unveil the next generation of its Duke 390, 200, and 125 bikes on November 8 at the 2016 EICMA motorcycle show in Italy.
The looks of the 2017 KTM Duke 200 and Duke 125 are still under wraps though and only the designs of the Duke 390 have been made public. The next generation of the KTM Duke 390 looks nothing like its predecessor; 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. It is also evident that the instrument panel has been changed while the rear seat has been made smaller.
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.
The exact details of the KTM Duke 200 and Duke 125 will only be revealed at the EICMA show on November 8th. Until then, we can only wait in nervous excitement as we have been doing for the last year.