2015 KTM Duke 390 launched in India; gets slipper clutch

KTM Duke 390

The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, KTM has silently launched the updated version of its highly popular bike- the KTM Duke 390 in the Indian two wheeler market. The bike largely remains the same, but the major upgrade is the addition of a slipper clutch. The slipper clutch to this naked motorcycle will limit the effect of engine braking when a rider slows down in corners. This will further increase the safety for rider during cornering.

Other than Slipper clutch, the 2015 KTM Duke 390 is equipped with LED turn signals and RC-inspired handlebar grip. In a move to protect bike from debris, the company has offered plastic cladding to the upside down front fork and the rear monoshock. Interestingly, the company hasn’t made any changes to the pricing of this bike. It is priced at Rs. 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Moreover, KTM has also increased the service interval for the bike. The service interval has been increased from 5,000km to 7,500km, which will directly help the buyers as the amount spend on service will be reduced. There are no mechanical upgrades are given to the bike. It continues to be powered by the same single-cylinder, 373cc engine that churns out a maximum power output of 44bhp at 9,500rpm and a peak torque of 35Nm at 7250rpm.

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