The KTM-Bajaj joint venture has brought some great motorcycles to the Indian roads in recent years. Its naked motorcycle, the KTM Duke 390 has been widely appreciated for its muscular looks and performance on the road.
After a long wait, KTM recently launched the facelifted version, the 2017 KTM Duke 390. It was first showcased at the EICMA Motor Show held last year. Manufactured at Bajaj’s Chakan plant, the bike is also exported globally.
The updated 2017 Duke 390 has gone through a plethora of upgrades to offer a better design and ride quality. However, it features the same set of engine mechanism under the hood and continues to be as effective as before.
On the safety front, the motorcycle has left nothing behind and offers the best possible features. The safety features of the motorcycle are explained below:
LCD Instrument Cluster
The TFT LCD instrument cluster is the new addition in the updated model. It brings with itself safety and convenience for the rider. One gets the option to connect smartphone over Bluetooth present in the instrument cluster and make/receive calls on the go. The readings of the present status of fuel, running speed and other useful information are available in the most convenient way.
The braking system of the bike is offered with a dual-channel Bosch ABS as standard. The front and rear wheels come with a 320mm and a 230mm disc brake respectively. These brakes offer the required power to provide a safe braking to the vehicle even at a high speed. The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is disengageable and gives full braking safety on any kind of road condition.
The 2017 Duke 390 offers a new suspension system with upside-down forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. This setup makes the bike lighter and more stable. It offers smooth driving experience to the rider with better damping feature.
The naked streetfighter, KTM Duke 390 is a strong performer and fun to ride. The new avatar brings advanced safety technology along with the cosmetic updates, which now makes it a superb premium bike. It has been priced at Rs. 2.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is around 30k expensive to its predecessor, but the extra price is worth for the add-ons. The new KTM Duke 390 can stand firm against the likely rival BMW G 310 R.