– 2018 KTM Duke 390 White colour variant gets a heat deflector plate mounted on the trellis frame and a better radiator fan.
– The updated software addresses issues of the old model.
– No mechanical changes have been made to the bike.
The 2018 KTM Duke 390 will continue to rival the Honda CB300F, Kawasaki Z300.
The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, KTM has introduced the 2018 KTM Duke 390 White colour variant at Rs 2.97 lakh (on-road, Bangalore). The updated model gets a heat deflector plate mounted on the trellis frame and a better radiator fan. While the former protects rider’s legs from the exhaust heat, the latter one results better engine cooling. The software has also been updated for error free mobile phone pairing, digital instrument and LED headlamp functions.
Besides this, the 2018 Duke 390 White variant receives white paint on the fuel tank shroud instead of orange. One must note that the same updates have also been made to the regular 2018 KTM Duke 390 model. Mechanically, the bike remains unchanged. That said, the 2018 model year uses the same 43bhp, 373cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor with a 6-speed gearbox. The bike offers the best-in-class power-to-weight ratio and dual channel ABS.
Previous year, the Duke 390 entered into its new-generation with comprehensive design and feature updates including Ride-by-wire throttle, LED headlamp, TFT display and side-slung exhaust. Styling and bodywork of the new Duke 390 is inspired by the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. In the Indian market, the 2018 KTM Duke 390 takes on the Honda CB300F, Kawasaki Z300, Benelli TNT 302 and upcoming BMW G310R.
– Heat deflector plate
– Updated radiator cooling fan
– Updated software
– White painted fuel tank shroud
– Full colour TFT screen
– LED front light
– Larger fuel tank (13.4L)
– New WP upside down fork
– New ride-by-wire throttle
– Larger front disc (320mm)
– Adjustable brake & clutch levers
|390 Duke||Rs 2.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai)|
|390 Duke White Colour||Rs 2.97 lakh (on-road, Bangalore)|
2018 Duke 390 White model is now available at Rs 2.97 lakh, on-road Bangalore. Please note that the on-road price includes first year insurance. The regular variant of the naked bike comes with a price tag of Rs 2.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
For 2018 model year, the White-coloured Duke 390 gets fuel tank shroud in white shade and trellis frame mounted heat deflector plate. This plate directs hot air of the engine’s cooling fan to protect the rider’s legs from the exhaust heat. The radiator of the cooling fan is now faster than before, and results better engine cooling. KTM has also updated the bike’s software for the LED headlamp and digital instrument cluster. Though, the design and styling remain unchanged. Sitting on the steel trellis frame, the 2018 Duke 390 features bold stance and a more aggressive design similar to the old model. Most of its design bits have been carried over from the 1290 Super Duke. The bike continues to feature the revised front fenders. Features such as new split LED headlight with DRLs, new tank extensions and large shrouds in contrast colour, wide rear-view mirroes, UV resistant paint, black-painted handlebar and smaller rear section add more to its sporty appearance.
The updated 2018 model also retains the Metzeler tyres, clear lens indicators, adjustable handlebar levers, black-coloured rear view mirrors, split seats and LED tail light. Compared to the new Duke 200, the 2018 KTM Duke 390 is more feature-loaded. The updated version of the bike features an all-new coloured LCD instrument cluster and separate function forks – one for compression damping and other for rebound damping duties. However, both the Dukes share a bunch of features.
Dimensionally, the 2018 new Duke 390 measures 2,002mm in length, 838mm in width and 1,274mm in height. The motorcycle sits on a 1,357mm long wheelbase, and stands on 185mm of ground clearance. The fuel tank capacity of 13.5-litres ensures a long run.
The 2018 model year of the bike is available in three paint schemes – Black, Orange and White.
|Engine||373.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled|
At the heart of the 2018 Duke 390 is the same 373.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine paired to a 6-speed transmission. The power and torque figures remain unchanged – i.e. 43bhp and37Nm respectively. This Euro4 compliant powertrain features a second balancer shaft on the engine’s cylinder head that reduces its vibrations and achieves better performance. The company has also worked on the heating problem of the bike. This 4-stroke engine now cools faster, thanks to faster heat dissipation. The new 2018 KTM Duke 390 features aluminum side-mounted exhaust and Ride-by-Wire (RbW) as we have seen on its Europe-spec model.
The 373.2cc liquid-cooled powertrain of the bike can deliver a mileage around 25kmpl.
For performing suspension duties, the bike has WP upside-down upfront and monoshock rear setup. Its braking system comprises of 320mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes, coupled to Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS (anti-lock braking system) and slipper clutch. Riding the naked bike is the 110/70 R17 front and 150/60 R17 rear tyres.
In India, the new KTM Duke 390 will continue to compete against the Honda CB300F, Kawasaki Z300, Benelli TNT 302 and upcoming BMW G310R.
With some cosmetic updates and minor mechanical changes, the 2017 KTM Duke 390 is not much different from the pre-facelift model. It looks refreshing, though.