KTM is two-wheeler manufacturer that produces performance focused motorcycle in the Indian market. Their Duke 390 and the fully faired RC 390 is currently one of the fastest motorcycle that one can buy under Rs 3 lakh. Similarly Bajaj also has Dominar 400 which is currently the flagship model and is the most powerful bike from the Indian brand. In the past we have featured videos and articles regarding the performance of these motorcycles. Today, we have a video that brings all the three motorcycles – KTM Duke 390, KTM RC 390 and the Bajaj Dominar 400 together to see how they perform in a top-end drag race.
The video has been uploaded by Youtuber Ayush Verma on his youtube channel. The video starts by showing the Duke 390, RC 390 and the new Bajaj Dominar on an empty stretch of highway with absolutely no traffic at all. The race starts and instantly the Duke 390 takes the lead. The Duke 390 acted like a pocket rocket and left both RC 390 and the Dominar behind.
The Dominar 400 could not match with the sheer power of the other two motorcycles. what started as a drag race between three motorcycles was turning out to be a duel. The KTM 390 kept on building the lead and the RC 390 was right behind it. At the speed of 149-150 Kmph the RC 390 overtakes the Duke and was in the lead for rest of the time. When the race is finished, KTM RC 390 won the race, Duke 390 was in the second position and the Dominar 400 came third.
What came in handy for the RC 390 in this race was the fairing which gave the rider better wind protection and made the bike aerodynamic. The Duke 390 is also powered by the same engine as that of RC but the lack of wind protection affected the handling and performance at triple digit speeds.
This doesn’t mean Duke 390 is not a great motorcycle, it is a good motorcycle for city and highway runs. The Dominar 400 is again a great bike for touring around and is very comfortable even at triple digit speeds. The reason why it had lost this race is because it is has less power and is also heavier than the other bikes.KTM RC 390 and Duke both are powered by a 373.2 cc, liquid-cooled single cylinder engine producing 43 Bhp and 44 Bhp respectively. The Dominar 400 also powered by a 373.3-cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine producing 40 PS of power.