KTM India has issued a silent recall for the 2017 and 2018 390 Duke motorcycles. The bike maker has announced a mandatory Monsoon Kit Fitment for these motorcycles across the country. The kit will include a host of components that will replace the existing ones in a bid to fix the issues on the bike. It will comprise of a new ECU bracket, pillion seat damping bushes and a headlamp vibration fix on the new KTM 390 Duke. Besides, KTM will also update the software on the bikes that were reported to have issues with the LED headlamp abruptly turning off and on. The above mentioned upgrades and fitments will take place at the authorized KTM in the country at no cost.
KTM’s new ECU bracket with a cover will act as a shield against water and dust. In a bid to prevent cracking of the tail-lamp caused due to decreased gap between seat and tail-lamp, the new pillion seat damping bushes have been redesigned which widens the gap. There will be no mechanical upgrades, hence the engine set-up and components of the Duke 390 will be retained.
KTM rolled out the first batch of 390 Duke in 2013 and customers across markets including India, have been complaining of issues with the street-fighter. Responding to the issues, KTM issued several recalls over the time to update several components and software updates. It even reworked the design of the radiator to aide heat management. In 2017, KTM gave 390 Duke a major upgrade with a new Trellis frame featuring a new sub-frame, LED headlight, TFT LCD instrument cluster and a ride-by-wire technology.
While the 373 cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder engine with 44 bhp and 37 Nm torque was retained, KTM made a couple of other changes to the India-spec model such as adjustable levers, improved foam for seat and revised front suspension. It additionally received ride-wire-tech in a bid to fix the snatchy throttle on the previous version. The front disc brake size was also increased from 300 to 320 mm on the 2017 edition.