What Makes KTM Duke 390 So Popular Among Bikers?

KTM Duke 390 truly stands apart from its siblings and its competitors. The unique sporty look and powerful acceleration make KTM Duke 390 a top choice of young bikers. The KTM 390 DUKE attracts so many young bikers to the thrill of street motorcycling. So let’s discuss, what all features make the KTM Duke 390 so popular and widely acceptable.

1. Engine

The 373cc engine provides an arm-wrenching torque and powerful acceleration which makes this bike perfect for city riding as well as for highways. KTM Duke 390 can go 0-60 Km/h in just 2.85 seconds and 0-100 Km/h in 6.52 seconds as tested by riders. The lightweight, compact engine packs 44 HP (32 KW) in a less than 150 Kgs machine.

KTM Duke 390 Engine
KTM Duke 390 Engine

2. Suspension

KTM Duke 390 comes with ultra-lightweight, upside-down WP forks. These forks are easy to maintain and perform above expectations when pushed to the mark.

This makes it perfect for all aspects of riding from relaxed cruising to hammering around on closed circuits and everything in between.

KTM Duke 390 Suspension
Duke 390 Suspension

3. Shock Absorbers

The shock absorbers in Duke 390 are fairly good. With 17 inches cast alloy wheels and 150 mm spring in the back, the duke 390 is suitable for every terrain.

The back seat is therefore quite comfortable and suitable for either a second person or luggage.

150 mm spring in Duke 390

3. Brakes

Advanced and high technology BYBRE braking system is used in KTM with advanced ABS which provides firm, controlled stopping power when needed the most.

A 320 mm brake disc on the front and a 230 mm disc on the rear deliver exceptional stopping power.

ByBre Braking System of Duke 390
BYBRE Brakes in Duke 390

4. TFT Color Display

KTM Duke 390 has an innovative multicolor TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display, which displays all the information you need while riding, in a clear cut straight-forward way. The display

TFT Display in KTM Duke 390
Thin Film Transistor Display

5. Price

The other best thing is the price of the bike. The ex-showroom price in Delhi starts around 2.6 Lacs. If one compares the price of the KTM Duke 390 with its competitors, it will be easy to see why this is a value-for-money product.

Here is a quick look at the features :

Problems with KTM Duke 390

1. Overheating

Overheating in KTM Duke 390 is the other problem that bikers have found in many KTM bikes. Engine and heats up quickly and thus makes the long rides uncomfortable. Overheating becomes a problem in hilly areas where the terrain is mostly rugged and rough.

2. Fuel Tank Capacity

The Fuel Tank in KTM Duke 390 has a capacity of 13.4 Liters or 3.4 Gallons. It can be challenging when touring off-road where the fuel pumps are sparsely located. So it is one of the major specification drawbacks of KTM Duke 390. Although other competitors of Duke 390 also have similar capacity, it could have become unbeatable if the fuel tank would have close to 15 liters capacity.

3. Single Cylinder Model

The KTM could have been much better if there was a double cylinder instead of a single cylinder in KTM Duke 390’s engine. Well, the price might have been affected due to this but the KTM could have become a better and more powerful machine.

But this is not a big problem at all, as most of the bikes in this range have a single-cylinder and Duke 390 is possibly the king in this segment. So more than a disadvantage this is a major area of improvement for Duke 390.

Rivals of KTM Duke 390

That’s all, but these cons are out shadowed by the impressive qualities and premium build of this bike. So in my opinion, If you want a bike with an eye-catching look and evil acceleration that’s too under 3 Lacs and you love to ride most of the time in cities and highways, then this is made for you. Go for it without a second thought. Read the latest articles @FlyingMack for more.

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