- MindBoggling Performance
- ABS As Standard
- Class Apart Styling
- Harsh Ride Quality
- Not Much Distinctive From Duke 200
- Comfortable Only For Rider
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KTM 390 Duke ABS Overview
This is the motorcycle that redefined the word 'motorcycling' in India. Never before, the Indian roads had felt Metzelers so often sailing over them. The upside down forks, ABS, reaching the 60 kmph mark in less than 2.7 seconds; and 100 under 5.6, an unbelievable but true top speed of over 170 kmph are some of the things that only rich could expect from their imported motorcycles. KTM changed the game by offering the Duke 390 with all of the features mentioned above in less than 2 lakh bracket. The single cylinder is more torquey than anything you have ever seen or ridden. The super sticky Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres let you take that knee out and defy Physics on every turn without praying. ABS kicks in always at the right time; never too late and never too early, letting you remain confident throughout your ride.
KTM 390 Duke ABS Engine & Transmission
The engine is a 373.2 cc single cylinder, liquid cooled, smooth revving unit that produces around 43 bhp at 9,500 rpm and 35 Nm of the torquey stuff at 7,500 rpm. The power delivery is smooth all throughout the power band that happens with the help of a 6 speed gearbox, and the tall gears simply mean less changing of gears which makes it easy for city commuting. But, you might have a tough time struggling with the traffic as the radiator, if overworked, throws flames at your calves, and in that situation, there is little you can do.
KTM 390 Duke ABS Mileage
If ridden with a sane wrist, which is highly unlikely, the bike can easily run 30 kms for every litre of black gold. However, you won't buy this bike if you are into the petrol conserving business. A usual day, with its fair share of traffic and empty stretches, should deliver you 25 very happy kilometers.
KTM 390 Duke ABS Performance and Handling
If you are stepping up from anything that is not insanely fast, you will be scared for your life for the first couple of weeks. When the traffic light goes green, chances are, you will end up popping a wheelie before zooming ahead of the crowd. You need to look at the speedo often to believe how fast you are going without realising. Overtaking is effortless with a Duke 390, just twist your wrist a little and it throws you back, and if you are not holding the handle tight, it might throw you off as well. The tyres and ABS make it one of the best suited bikes for Indian roads. On a less crowded day, it can easily cruise at 140 kmph and above, without scaring you. Calling this bike brilliant would be an understatement. It's much more than that. It gives you this confidence to try and ape the MotoGP racers, and what they do on the racing tracks.