The all-new KTM 390 Duke has been announced as the Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2018. It was chosen as the winner from a list of 12 finalist bikes that were launched in 2017. The bike scored significantly higher than the other finalists in the list.
The other bikes present in the final list were the Hero Glamor 125, Suzuki Intruder 150, Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, Yamaha FZ25, Benelli 302R, Bajaj Dominar 400, Triumph Bonneville Bobber, Harley-Davidson Street Rod, Triumph Street Triple RS, Honda CRF1000L African Twin and MV Agusta Brutale 800. The KTM 390 Duke scored 107 points while the runners-up Yamaha FZ25 scored only 77 points, and Triumph Street Triple got 68 points.
The 2017 KTM Duke has received a major update over the predecessor. The motorcycle looks completely different and gets design inspired by the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. It is the most powerful KTM that is officially available in India.
The 390 Duke gets a new sub-frame mounted to the same chassis. It also became bigger in size and offered a host of features. The bike gets all-new LED headlamps with 20 LED lamps which work as DRLs too. The tank of the new bike has become bigger and gets aggressive tank extensions. KTM ditched the fibre tank for the all-new steel tank.
It also gets an all-new TFT console, which is a first in the segment. The high-contrast information screen can be connected to a smartphone to show notifications and also lets the rider to change the music on the go. There is 43mm Upside Down suspension that can be adjusted according to rider’s preference. The bike also gets disc brake at front and rear, and ABS is standard.
It is powered by the same 373.2cc engine that generates a maximum power of 43 Bhp and 37 Nm of peak torque. The bike also gets an all-new exhaust system, ride-by-wire technology and a 6-speed transmission with slipper clutch. The bike is priced at 2.29 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.