Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM will launch the 2017 version of its naked motorcycle siblings -- 200 Duke and 390 Duke -- on November 8. The unveiling will take place at the EICMA show in Milan. The company recently updated the date of the arrival of new Dukes on its website.
KTM, which is co-owned by Bajaj Auto, has been testing the new version of the 200 Duke and the 300 Duke for quite some time. An image of new KTM 390 Duke under camouflage was spotted in Pune, where the plant is located, while new 200 Duke was spotted in Europe while testing.
According to the information leaked so far, the 390 Duke will get a completely revamped full-colour LCD instrument cluster. The new 390 Duke will also flaunt riding modes. This has been confirmed in the spy picture that showed the left side of the handle bar in four-button setup. The face of the new 390 Duke will get split headlight cluster with LED inserts. The fuel tank will be reworked and tank extensions will be long, overlapping with the USD forks.
New 200 Duke would continue with the present day orange backlit cluster. Other changes that can be spotted from the pictures include the pillion grab rail moved to the front. The grab rail for pillion is now integrated and is just behind the rider's seat.
Both the 200 and 390 Duke will get the new two-piece frame. However, the 390 Duke's forks will have one side configured to handle compression damping, while the other will handle rebound damping. Ride-by-wire technology will be standard in both models and the key slot will be moved from the instrument cluster to the front of fuel tank. The motorcycles in new form will have a full-size exhaust, ditching the underbelly exhaust. The new exhausts will be Euro-IV compliant.
On the powertrain, both motorcycles will carry over respective engines. The 390 Duke will sport heavily reworked 375cc, single-cylinder engine. The engine in the current 390 Duke develops 43bhp of power and the number is expected to be increased in the 2017 version. The 200 Duke will be powered by a 199.5cc single-cylinder engine that will develop more than 24.6bhp from the current version.