THE NEW 390 DUKE
Everything you need to know
The new KTM 390 Duke has everything that makes great bikes great: sufficient power, ample torque, low costs and an extremely low weight. It handles amazingly well and comes into its own wherever nimble agility is called for. In short: no other bike offers more riding pleasure for your money than the 390 Duke.
At a full 44 hp from its 375cc engine, it’s head and shoulders above its 200cc sister model, while the chassis has of course been enhanced to cope with the extra oomph. Even so, the new 390 Duke weighs in at less than 150 kilograms fully fuelled – not only raising its dynamics above many a higher-capacity bike but also making it a sporty alternative to pricey maxi scooters.
Thanks to the typical, compact KTM design, the 390 Duke’s highly sophisticated single cylinder engine weighs in at only 36 kilograms. Two overhead camshafts, four valves, a forged piston and a Nikasil-coated cylinder ensure that the 375cc’s are good for 44 horsepower.
Top quality suspension components by WP Suspension, disc brakes developed by Brembo and a disengageable ABS system by Bosch are standard and add even more riding dynamics, as well as safety while powering through the twisties. The ultra-light trellis frame and cast aluminium swingarm round off a compact package.
The 390 Duke is compatible with the new A2 licence, but as it’s so lightweight it does need to be restricted to bring it inside the power-to-weight limits of the new licence regulations, this reduces the maximum horsepower by around 1.5 to 42 hp.