2013 KTM Duke 390

Good things come in small packages

Posted: 13 November 2012
by Visordown News
Paint a hand grenade orange and black, and this is what you get

THE long-awaited KTM Duke 390 has now seen the light of day.  

In terms of performance potential, it seems to be more mini-690 than maxi-200, with the 373cc single-cylinder engine producing 43 bhp at 9500 rpm and 26 lb-ft of torque at 7250 rpm, which should be a riot in a bike that weighs just 139kg unfuelled (about 14 kg heavier than its smaller sibling but punting out 17.5bhp more). Higher gearing indicates a top speed of 25-30% more than the 200. 

The 390 shares the handsome KTM family looks, with only the paint job distinguishing it from the 200 at first glance. Other minor differences include a 0.5-litre bump up in tank capacity and a 10mm lower seat height. Chassis specs are near identical, too. Safe to say handling through twisties will be on the right side of excellent. 

KTM has confirmed the 390's UK price will be £4,495. KTM is trousering a chunk by building its smaller Dukes in India (the 200 sells for about a third of its UK price over there) but it should still be bang for the buck for A2-licenced riders who fancy something a bit more explosive than the new Honda CB500 range.

When you get your hands on one, post your KTM 390 Duke owner reviews here.

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Posted: 13/11/2012 at 15:26

I want one. Now!

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 18:35

The Ninja 300 and new Honda CB500 lineup is starting to look rather boring now!

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 19:46

Too light for an A2 licence.

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 20:59

looks like its got ABS too pretty cool

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 21:28

Yes, it's too light for the new A2 (unless restricted), but do you reckon you'll ever be able to find a copper or insurer who will know that, let alone care?

They've had 20 years to get to grips with the current 25kW / 0.16kW/kg restricted license, but the chances of you finding one who knows about it are about as good as seeing anything other than a Honda or Yamaha rider on a MotoGP podium.

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 09:59

It won't get A2 type approval. So yes, insurers will know. Police will know when you don't have insurance.

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 11:02

this coming to Canada?? :-)

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 12:22

Not going to take much to restrict it, only need to take 6bhp off.

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 17:16

When the 200 came out I thought great , I want one, now the 390 its a must have one , gonna have to check it out at Motorcycle live

What a superb looking bike

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 11:50

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