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KTM Duke 390 review

The new KTM Duke 390 and feels playful, but is far from just that!

Some are just meant to scare the daylights out of you. Those class bikes are definitely of taking you right to the edge, where you can see the pearly gates at a But you can’t ride any of those in the You might put short spurts of at when the lights go green, but it.

And even when you’re out of the limits, you need to choose highways very wisely. you’d probably have to a kidney to buy one of these CBUs.

But for who love a bit of fun riding, Bajaj in the KTM Duke 200, which, to its not-so-big wheelbase and riding is a playful little thing you can fling into corners, and with a motor that enough power zip you through traffic and also feel at on longer runs. But, in sense, it’s still a The seriousness has just begun in the of its bigger cousin, the Duke

Yes, stare at me!

Yes, what I’d like to think, as to the Duke 390 thinks while on the road. Just the visual start screaming “Look at me, I’m While the overall styling are the same as the 200, the Duke 390 has made to paint the town The trellis frame and the wheels are the visual elements that the 390 from the 200 – they don the trademark KTM shade.

You get those big, hand-guards by default (in my opinion, might need those if not too careful). Then you notice the on the bigger tank and the headlamp It’s a take-it-or-leave-it styling.

Some may like it. Some may According to me, it looks totally And, it’s a head-turner. For more than one.

Ma, I’m flying!

As I lowered myself on to the 390, I felt at home the wide handlebars and the straight-backed but streetfighter stance. But any familiarity I had felt so far disappeared almost at when I shifted from to the first gear and released the hard clutch.

The single-cylinder, liquid-cooled mill, mated to a six-speed gearbox, manages to out a maximum power of 43bhp at a 9500rpm mark on the tachometer, and @7500rpm. The power-to-weight ratio of per tonne is certainly impressive.

Feed the Duke 390 some and it speeds up to sixty in three If you shift right, you’ll get to the 100 mark in just about six Speaking strictly for the numbers, is exactly the performance what expect for an entry-to-mid level oriented bike. I could up the bike to up to 160kmph with And while I’m sure the 390 could do a bit I couldn’t test it as I kept out of road.

And once past the rpm mark, the Duke 390’s silencer starts producing the kind of music too.

deep, very deep

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The why I, and probably many more too, love the Duke 200 so is because of the playful character. You can along at slow speeds in the and also do some serious The Duke 390 possesses the same although with a bit more force.

Corners are faster and deeper, but the demands every bit of attention you can ever give it.

KTM has decided to do with MRFs and give the 390 a pair of Metzeler Sportec and I, for one, loved the way the rubber with the tarmac. It’s like the tires swore that they’d never let the go (unless you’re popping a Further, the disc brakes equipped with ABS as standard

And they do justice to the Bybre as well, by being crisp and to respond.

To Duke or not?

But all fun, the quick acceleration, the corners, the jaw dropping braking, the and the burnouts, all happened at 5 in the morning, on and empty streets of New Delhi. it in traffic, and you’ll notice the Duke 390 lacks the low-end and though you don’t need to that much, you’ll need to be precise about the gear to ride in. The engine up rather quickly, and unless a cold winter night, the bike under the Indian Sun for than an hour can be extremely

It’s not an ideal city because of the sluggish low-end and the heat issues. The suspensions are too for the highway. The Duke 390, is the motorcycle you keep in your to ride on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. You take it to the and zoom past picturesque

And on a track day, you take bike to where it feels at the most. At an ex-showroom (Delhi) of Rs 1.8 lakh, you’d want to own kind of performance.

(This was published on October 9, 2013)

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