KTM Duke 390 recalled in Europe

KTM has recalled the newly launched 2017 Duke 390 in Europe. The recall is to fix the headlamp rebooting issue, said to be caused by faulty software. This issue plagues the recently launched, 2017 version of the KTM Duke 390 in India as well. However, KTM is yet to announce an India-specific recall.

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Meanwhile here’s KTM Europe’s official statement on this issue,

During the internal endurance testing, KTM experienced some cases of sporadic reboots of the LED headlight. As this may lead to potentially dangerous riding situations, the software of the headlight needs to be updated as soon as possible.

The 2017 Duke 390 comes with an LED headlamp. The software controlling this is said to be faulty, causing the headlamp to switch off and on, on its own. When such a thing happens at night, it could lead to an accident. To fix this, KTM is carrying out the recall. A software update is said to fix this issue.

Notably, India is the production hub for small capacity KTMs that include the Duke 125, 200, 250 and 390. Both India-spec and export-spec Dukes are built at the same production line in Chakan, which means that glitches that exist on international bikes also exist on Indian bikes, and vice versa.

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The Duke 390 is the second most expensive KTM currently on sale in India. An all-new bike with street-fighter styling, the 390 features a 373.2 cc single cylinder engine that puts out 43 Bhp-37 Nm. Liquid cooled and equipped with ABS, the sharply styled bike is one of the most popular performance bikes in India. On-road Delhi prices start from 2.5 lakh rupees.