2016 KTM RC390
Older KTM 390 Duke, RC 390 can now be fitted with slipper clutch. Pictured: 2016 KTM RC390press.ktm.com

Here is some good news for the owners of the older KTM 390 series. After introducing slipper clutch in the 2016 390 Duke and RC 390, the Austrian two-wheeler maker is now ready to roll out the same for the older models.

A report of ShiftingGears says that the owners of the KTM 390 Duke and RC 390 can get the updates made by any authorised dealer of KTM. The process would involve replacing the clutch assembly with slipper clutch and is likely to cost about Rs. 9,000. However, there is no information if this will impact the warranty period of the bikes. Speculations are rife that the warranty of the models is likely to remain untouched.

Slipper clutch is used to control the rear wheel of a bike from locking up during downshifts, which can result in rear wheel locking. This will help the bike to stay stable under heavy braking.

KTM India recently updated its 2016 range of motorcycles — RC 390, RC 200, Duke 200, and Duke 390. The 2016 RC 390 and 390 Duke carry over the same 373.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that generates 43.4bhp at 9,500rpm and 35Nm torque at 7,250rpm, mated to a six-speed transmission. Both the 200 Duke and RC 200 are powered by a 199.5cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that develops 24.7bhp in 200 Duke and 25.4bhp in RC 200, mated to six-speed transmission. The updated motorcycle has been priced at Rs. 1.40 lakh for the 200 Duke, Rs. 1.91 lakh for the 390 Duke, Rs. 1.65 lakh for the RC200 and Rs. 2.09 lakh for the RC390 (ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai).

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]

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