The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM unveiled the Duke 390 at the EICMA show at Milan, Italy. Now the company is planning to launch the naked street fighter in the country. KTM’s Duke series which comprised of Duke 200 and 390, had gone quite well with the taste of the Indian buyers. The company has not updated the models since its launch, still it was able to gather healthy sales numbers. Now the company is looking to update the best sellers from its portfolio, and is expected to launch four new bikes next year. First of the series, the Duke 390 is expected to launch by January, and will hit the stores by April.
The Duke 390 was unveiled by the Austrian brand during the EICMA at 8th of November 2016. This time around, the 390 has got killer looks alongside updated engine and better dynamics. The new design proudly flaunts split headmap unit with LED inserts. The tank has also been reworked. It is now bigger and can hold more fuel than before. In terms of suspension, it has got an upside down front fork with mono rear suspension. The key slot’s position has been changed too, and it has been moved in front of the fuel tank. The upcoming Duke has also got a full-sized exhaust compared to the stubby underbelly exhaust of the outgoing model.
However, the engine hasn’t got any power upgrades, and it is still powered by the same old 373.2cc, single-cylinder engine that can develop 44bhp of maximum power. The engineers from KTM has updated the engine in order to comply with Euro 4 emission norms. This time the Duke 390 Duke will come with a ride-by-wire throttle, full TFT display, MY RIDE multimedia interface (optional), and ABS.
Alongside the Duke 390, KTM is also likely to launch the updated Duke 200 and KTM 390 Adventure. The new Duke 200 is also likely to get some design upgrades along with a slightly updated engine in order to meet new emission norms. The KTM 390 adventure, on the other hand, is an adventure touring motorcycle which is likely to be based on the Duke 390. It is expected to cash the growing demand of adventure tourers in India.