When compared with its predecessor, 2017 KTM 390 Duke’s ergonomics have changed considerably. There is a bigger saddle room for the rider to sit more comfortably. That may translate to more relaxed long distance cruising. Additionally, the seat is extendable towards the tank which creates a larger surface area. The seating height sits at 830 mm. But, the cruising experience can be further improved with the help of LLUVIA handlebar raisers designed for KTM Duke 2017.
The bike features rear set foot pegs that might result in a more forward-biased riding position. Furthermore, the tank shape might aid in a more comfortable sitting position with knees locked on the tank panels. The 2017 version of KTM 390 Duke also features a split trellis frame. The front is colored in typical KTM orange and the rear is white. The bike has been given a new side exhaust that was meant to be in compliance with the latest emission regulations.
Features & Equipment
KTM 2017 Duke houses many new features which were not there in previous models. Some of them are – a handlebar mounted control switch, TFT display, and a larger 320mm front disk brakes; to name a few. The company even created a brand new ‘My Ride’ app which connects to android devices. As part of the new technical additions, KTM Duke 2017 features an EMS (Engine Management System) from Bosch and a slipper clutch.
Just like previous models, this one also gets its ABS system from Bosch. The suspension setup now uses open-cartridge technology which is an improvement. Users get 17-inch alloys for both front and rear.
Engine and Transmission
KTM 2017 Duke features a 373cc, 44bhp, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine.
The ride-by-wire function is there for improved throttle response and for meeting the Euro-IV emission norms. The DOHC motor produces 43.5 PS at 9,000 rpm. The torque is up at 2Nm to 37Nm at 7000 rpm.
The engine, in many aspects, looks and feels similar to that of its predecessors with minor tweaks. Overall, this is an ideal bike for those who want to take it out for track days and weekend rides. One of the USPs of KTM 2017 Duke engine is that it comes with full fairing which helps protect riders from heat dissipation that comes from the engine. It is designed to keep the engine cool even in the middle of heavy traffic during the day.
Performance and Handling
Much like many of KTM’s previous models, 2017 Duke also promises to be a capable bike in heavy city traffic as well as for highway riding. The intelligently designed ergonomics come handy in enhancing the quality of ride. Compared to the sound coming from the company’s previous bikes, the engine note sounds muted in bike’s underbelly exhaust.
The ride-by-wire system allows the rider to dial in accurate throttle inputs. KTM 2017 Duke can easily offer a cruising capacity of 120-130 kmph throughout the day. Occasionally, the riders may have to deal with wind blast coming at higher speeds. One quick fix to that problem is to mount a screen. To that end, you can go with LLUVIA windshield designed specifically for KTM Duke 2017.
KTM Duke 2017 engine has been designed and engineered to provide for a linear powder delivery. When compared to Duke 390, there has been a slight increase in terms of mileage. All and all, one can easily expect a mileage of 33 km per liter provided the quality of ride is consistent. Heavy acceleration could lead a significant drop in fuel economy anywhere by 6-9 kmpl.
The KTM 390 Duke is seemingly an elegant-looking naked street motorcycle which exudes a premium feel. The number of visual upgrades sure looks impressive and many of the new features may attract the attention of many riders. The overall appeal and quality of ride can definitely be improved with a variety of accessories by LLUVIA industry designed for KTM Duke 2017.