So, the KTM Duke 390 indeed exists and is up and ready for an unveiling. Spyshots of what seems to be press briefing information have leaked onto the interweb and the KTM Duke 390 comes with very impressive specifications. What’s more, with hours to go for the curtains to rise on the 2012 EICMA motorcycle show, the Duke 390 is a motorcycle that has a very high possibility of being unwrapped at Milan. We’re saying this as the press briefing is in Italian, a dead give away of the motorcycle being addressed straight at the Italian press for starters and more so for the Milan bound motoring press.
Coming to the Duke 390, the motorcycle features a 373.2 cc single cylinder engine, in what essentially seems like a bigger engine based on the 125cc/200cc engine platforms that are used by the Duke 125 and 200 models. This single cylinder motor could be much more feral and thrusty than the highly strung 200cc mill as the peak power and peak torque are very healthy numbers, both developed well under 10,000 rpm. Talking of which, the Duke 390 comes with a 43 Bhp power output at 9,500 rpm and a peak torque of over 35 Nm churned out at 7,250 rpm.
With all this power and torque, expect the Duke 390 to be a very quick motorcycle with the 0-100 Kph sprint coming up in under 5 seconds. Now, that is performance that can shame a sports car that costs more than thirty times as much as the Duke 390. The top speed though will be limited due to the street fighter styling making the wind resistance a major factor. Even so, the Duke 390 can be expected to manage a genuine top speed of about 160 Kph.
This engine is mate to a six speed manual gearbox with a Bosch EFI fuel injection kit doing the fueling duties. Given that the Duke 390 will operate in Europe, where ABS will be mandatory on motorcycles from 2013, KTM does offer the option of ABS on the Duke 390. The spyshots also talk something about the down payment and the finance schemes in Italian. This spyshot goes on to suggest EMI(equated monthly instalments) costs too and urges folks to buy the bike. All this material points to a launch of the Duke 390 very soon. Expect the Duke 390 to arrive in India sometime early next year.
The best about the Duke 390 would be the styling, which has been carried over from the existing KTM Duke 125 and 200 models. What this suggests is that KTM could be pricing the Duke 390 extremely competitively, given that most cycle parts including the Trellis frame appear to be shared with the smaller engined Dukes. The size of the motorcycle too looks similar to the smaller Duke 125 and 200 although we can’t be too sure with just images, which could prove deceptive. Any which ways, plenty of parts sharing is what we can see on the Duke 390 with the only major difference appearing to be the engine of the motorcycle.
The biggest missing link in the puzzle is the of the weight of the Duke 390. If the Duke 390 shares parts with the likes of the Duke 125 and the 200, expect the weight to be well within 150 kilograms as the bigger engine and ABS would only result in a marginal increase in weight. If that happens, we could have a motorcycle that will really move. Given that Bajaj Auto will build this motorcycle from Chakan, in India, with plenty of localization, we’re leaning on a price tag that could be under 2 lakh rupees, since Bajaj traditionally prices its motorcycles very aggressively. Watch this space.