KTM have introduced a colour option for 390 Duke buyers – Midnight Black.
The 390 Duke was, thus far, available only in white, and the black option will go down well for potential buyers who wanted an darker alternative. Many buyers were, however, blinded by the performance aspect, and, this writer included, went ahead with the buy anyway.
The 390 Duke, with its 373.2cc liquid-cooled, four-valve DOHC single cylinder motor, makes all of 43.5 PS and 35 Nm of torque. With a six-speed gearbox, the 390 accelerates to 100 km/h in just over 5 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 160 km/h. Discs all around with ABS ensure maximum stopping power while the imported Metzeler Sportec tyres offer phenomenal grip in all conditions. The overall weight of 154 kg translates to a power-to-weight ratio of 282.47 PS/tonne! It is capable of scaring the daylights out of those who haven’t ridden 20+ PS bike before, and even many current owners will think twice before twisting the throttle on this bad boy. The price of Rs 1.86 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) (Rs 2.05 lakh – OTR, Pune) makes it a fantastic choice for the power-hungry.
Little wonder, then, that the KTM 390 Duke was Bike India‘s Motorcycle of the Year. Have you watched our video review yet?
Story: Jim Gorde