KTM India launched updated Duke series for 2017 on February 23. The new 390 Duke was launched here only in signature orange livery. However, some customers in Mumbai recently received delivery of the white colour variant. It now looks like a goof-up from the manufacturing plant resulted in KTM Mumbai dealer selling white coloured 390 Duke models, which was not supposed to be sold in the country.
According to Rushlane, the white coloured models are export-spec and were loaded in a trailer meant to be distributed among dealers in India by mistake. The container reached Mumbai and dealership distributed the white coloured models without knowing the error. The end of the story is that some lucky customers in India now own export-spec of the new Duke 390.
The report also says KTM India was planning to launch white coloured Duke 390 later as limited edition. Even then it will be India-spec model and perfection will not be on par with the Euro-spec models manufactured at the Bajaj Auto plant in Pune.
The 390 Duke is one of the most sought-after affordable street fighter in India and the new version comes with more menacing looks, crisp body panels and a chiselled fuel tank. The striking change up front is the addition of split-headlight with LED inserts. This alone gives the new 390 Duke a fresh stance.
The key slot has been removed from the instrument cluster to the front of the fuel tank. The tank extensions are now overlapping with the USD forks. The new version also features a full-size exhaust in place of the quirky underbelly exhaust.
The naked bike is powered by the same 373.2cc, single-cylinder engine that develops the same 44bhp. KTM has added more features such as ride-by-wire throttle, full TFT dashboard, an optional MY RIDE multimedia interface and the ABS as standard for making the package a compelling case.