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KTM 390 rumors

  • The KTM Duke 390 is an extremely popular naked bike which is known for its quick acceleration and fun-to-ride factor. The bike is on sale since a couple of years now and the latest vine suggests that the Austrian company is now readying an updated version of the bike and the 2017 KTM Duke 390 has now been spotted on test.
  • The headlight unit has been redesigned with a much sharper and petite unit with a slit to separate the multibeam headlamp. The fuel tank also has been redesigned while the tank extensions are longer and overlap the USD forks.
  • It is expected that the 2017 KTM 390 Duke will comply with the Euro 4 emission norms despite featuring a more powerful motor. The peak power output is expected to be somewhere between 45 PS and 50 PS.
  • To reduce the vibration of the single-cylinder mill it is rumored that KTM will add a second balancer shaft to the cylinder head similar to the case of the new KTM 690 Duke.
  • KTM is remaining tight-lipped about the changes to the bike but MCN understands this bike will be revealed officially later this year before going on sale in 2017.
  • The updates to the 390 Duke are not unexpected. Not only is the bike going to have to meet new Euro4 regulations but even without those around the corner, the 390 Duke was first introduced in 2013 so is due a mid-life refresh to keep it competitive. The 373cc single-cylinder motor currently produces 43bhp and this may well go up slightly with changes made for new regulations as more stable combustion and more efficient fuel delivery with the latest engine management systems not only give more power but increase fuel economy too.
  • The new 2017 KTM 390 Duke has to comply with the new Euro 4 regulations thus expect to see mechanical updates on that 375cc single cylinder power plant. The current model delivers 43 bhp of power and the number is expected to improve with the 2017 version. The new RC390 for the European market uses the conventional exhaust pipe instead of the under belly unit and the 2017 390 Duke will see similar updates. The headlight is identical to the current model but we expect it to receive some updates in the production form.
  • Bike gets a new re-designed trellis frame with a sub-frame for better dynamic stability. This might have made the KTM engineers re-work on the Duke’s 51-49 weight distribution. With the new engine crack casing in the photograph, we might expect engine to have gone under mechanical changes for more refinement and less heating issues. Hopes are high on the 2017 as it is rumored to be equipped with drive-by-wire.
  • Powering the 2017 MY Duke 390 will be a reworked version of the same engine that powers the current bike. Which means it will get a 373 cc single cylinder engine that will produce upwards of 44 bhp and 35 Nm. New additions to the bike could include a new subframe and a new exhaust system to comply with Euro IV regulations. The motorcycle will continue with ABS as standard fitment. Based on our expectations and estimates, this is what the 2017 KTM Duke 390 Specifications sheet could look like.
Dimensions (Length x Width x Height) (Est.) 2150  mm x 760 mm x 800 mm
Wheelbase (Est.) 1370 mm
Kerb Weight (Est.) 140 kg
Ground Clearance (Est.) 156 mm
Engine Displacement 373 cc single cylinder liquid cooled
Power (Est.) 45-46 bhp
Torque (Est.) 35-36 Nm
Transmission 6-speed
Top Speed (Est.) 165 km/h
Suspension (Expected) Front – WP Suspension Upside Down

Rear- WP Monoshock

Brakes (Expected) Front – 300 mm Disc

Rear – 230 mm Disc

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