We have a bit of bad news for KTM Duke lovers in India who were expecting to get slipper clutch for their favourite Duke 390. If emerging reports are to be believed, older version of KTM Duke 390 will not get slipper clutch in India.

KTM RC390 Spied Testing in India
KTM RC390 Spied Testing in IndiaKTM/India

A report in Motoroids said that only the newer models of Duke 390 will get the rumoured slipper clutch in the Indian market.

The report added that KTM is also mulling over another price hike for its range in the country. KTM RC models are also expected to come with slipper clutch. KTM retails two RC models, RC 390 and RC 200.

In January, KTM increased the prices of its models in the country by up to ₹9,000. The RC 390 and RC 200, which were originally priced at ₹2.05 lakh and ₹1.60 lakh saw a hike of ₹8,000 and ₹6,000 respectively.

Duke 390 and Duke 200, the naked-bikes of KTM became dearer by ₹8,987 and ₹7,190 respectively. KTM Duke 200 was priced at ₹1, 30,787, while Duke 390 was available for ₹1, 80,942.

Currently Yamaha R1, Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki Ninja 300 are the other models in India that have slipper clutch.

 What is slipper clutch?

It 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.