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.