KTM changed the Indian market when it entered the Indian market. Before KTM there were no sporty performance motorcycles in India that were also affordable. Because of its pricing, the Duke and the RC sold in great numbers and are still very competitive. Some people wanted a scrambler looking motorcycle but with the engine of Duke. This is where Husqvarna came in but they only offer the Svartpilen with a 250 cc engine from the Duke. So, if you want the explosive powertrain of the 390 Duke in a scrambler body, you would have to modify the motorcycle. Here, is a Duke 390 that has been completely modified to look like a scrambler.
The motorcycle we see that in the pictures is the 2018 model of the Duke 390. The name of the owner is Akash Das. He is a graphic designer and he decided to modify the naked motorcycle into a neo-retro scrambler.
He made changes to the subframe to make it shorter and flatter to mimic the look of a scrambler. The new subframe was simply bolted on the original frame. The seat is also an important part of a scrambler and we can see it is much flatter and shorter. Also, it has been wrapped in synthetic leather.
The tail tapers using an aluminium piece that also houses a different LED tail lamp. There is also a luggage rack mounted just above the tail which looks custom-built. It is also using a different tyre setup that has block patterns. The tyres that the motorcycle is using are Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires. This gives an off-road look to the motorcycle.
Also, the motorcycle is now running on 17-inch Akront spoked rims instead of alloy wheels. Due to this, the hubs needed to be modified so that they work with the KTM’s stock ABS system. The front disc has also been replaced with a Galfer unit. Other changes include a dark grey trellis frame and a new exhaust.
At the front, there is a customer headlight guard that has a honeycomb design. The headlamp has also been changed for a JW Speaker LED unit. It also has a custom cowl and a short fender in the front. We can also see a custom made front sprocket guard. There is also a custom sump guard that protects the engine while off-roading. A radiator guard has also been made to protect the radiator.
Akash is also using a custom handlebar that is more upright and a custom radiator coolant overflow tank The most difficult part for the owner was fabricating the fuel tank so that it looks more like a scrambler. Another thing you would notice is that no fuel lines or wiring are visible. Akash took the help of his mechanic Dheeraj who helped in rerouting all the electric wiring and fuel lines so that they are no longer visible. It took 2 years to complete this project. The cost of the project is not shared. However, the modified 390 does look quite nice.