2017 KTM 390 Duke
2017 KTM 390 DukeKTM

Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM unveiled the 2017 version of its small capacity naked motorcycle 390 Duke at the EICMA Show in Milan.

KTM, which is co-owned by Bajaj Auto, has increased the beastly appeal of the 390 Duke in the new version. Visual updates in the 390 Duke are crispier and closer to the bigger sibling, the 1290 Super Duke. The face of the new 390 Duke gets split headlight with LED inserts in-line with the spy images of the motorcycle taken recently at Bajaj Auto's plant near Pune. The fuel tank has been reworked and tank extensions are now long overlapping with the USD forks. The key slot has been moved from the instrument cluster to the front of fuel tank.

Towards the rear, the pillion grab rail moved to the front. The grab rail for pillion is now integrated and is just behind the rider's seat. New 390 Duke also features a full-size exhaust, ditching the underbelly exhaust. The motorcycle also comes with new colour scheme highlighted with KTM's signature orange colour.

The 390 Duke now flaunts a ride-by-wire throttle, full TFT dashboard, an optional MY RIDE multimedia interface, and ABS as standard. The motorcycle also comes in new frame and WP suspension.

What is disappointing for most of the KTM aficionados is that the company has not given a power boost to the new 390 Duke. The bike is powered by the same 373.2cc, single-cylinder engine that develops 44bhp of power. Braking comes from 320mm front brake disc, gripped by a Brembo-developed By-Bre branded caliper.

Similar to the current version, Bajaj Auto's Pune plant will manufacture new 390 Duke for the domestic market as well as for the rest of the world. India launch of the new 390 Duke can be expected early 2017.