The launch of KTM bikes in India sparked a revolution no one could see coming. The Bajaj-KTM collaboration created a new segment of bikes in the country and then continued to dominate it entirely unopposed. KTM Duke 200 established the Austrian marque as a household name and the launch of the Duke 390 just served to increase KTM’s popularity even more among the power-starved bikers of the country.
KTM have also been very generous with periodic updates which saw the Duke and RC 390 receive a slipper-clutch, something that is reserved only for top-end sport bikes. But with the new 2017 KTM Duke 390, the upgrade is a lot more obvious as can be seen in this spy-shot of the bike.
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.
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 along with Ride-by-Wire. 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. An improved cooling system is also said to be in place on the new Duke 390.
Moving further, the 2017 Duke 390 will continue to use the best hardware in place including a WP sourced monoshock suspension setup, disc brakes at the front and rear with ABS and slipper clutch (introduced recently on the current version). The fantastic Metzeler tyres will continue to remain the contact point between the bike and tarmac.
Expect a price escalation of around 20,000-25,000 on the new Duke 390, while an official unveil is expected at the 2016 EICMA Show in Milan later this year, going by KTM’s tradition of revealing products at the annual event. Surely, there’s lots to look forward to from the Austrian offering next year as the updates will be carried over to the RC 390 as well. Expect to see a host of spy shots in the following months.