The KTM 390 Duke is arguably one of the best performance oriented motorcycles in India under Rs. 3 lakh price tag. Ever since its launch in India, the bike has done quite good in terms of sales too and is popular due to its sharp styling, sharper handling and its powerful engine. Now, a new set of spy shots have surfaced which show the all-new KTM 390 Duke being tested without any camouflage. Though the bike in these spy shots is not the final production version, it gives a pretty good idea of how the bike will look like.
This is probably the first time that the new KTM 390 Duke has been spied so clearly. Talking about the bike in these pictures, the basic design DNA of the current generation model is present all over the new bike. However, look more closely and you will notice a host of changes and upgrades on the bike. To let you know, KTM first launched the 390 Duke here in 2013 which was then followed by a new model in 2017. This new generation model then is on time and will probably be showcased at the 2020 EICMA.
The biggest change visible on the first glance is the all-new Trellis frame. Compared to the current generation 390 Duke, the test bike’s frame gets more closely and evenly spaced tubes. The frame could possibly also be a bit larger in size, though that can not be said for sure. Then there is the new aluminium swingarm, which is easily visible in the spy shots. The design of the swingarm is also new. The test bike rode on the Metzeler M5 Sportecs, which are the same units as on the current generation bike. Given the excellent grip they offer, we have absolutely no issues with KTM continuing to offer them. As already mentioned, this is not the production spec motorcycles which explains why are there so many quirky designed panels and body parts on this bike.
Many parts of the bike are still in the development stage as is clear by these pictures. According to reports, the engine head, as well as the exhaust system of the new KTM 390 Duke, will see a change. This would probably lead to a boost in power as well as lower emissions. As for its India launch, expect it to be available for buying by 2021 here. A price bump is quite obvious and the bike will cost upwards of Rs. 2.50 lakhs when launched here. The host of mechanical and aesthetical upgrades, however, will justify the higher price tag. As of now, KTM is planning to launch the new 390 Adventure in India in the coming months. It is the adventure tourer version of the regular 390 Duke.