In recent years, biking culture has gained popularity in India. A lot of affordable performance bikes have been launched by brands like KTM, Kawasaki, etc. Currently, the segment is full of various models to choose from different manufacturers, with a wide price range. The KTM Duke 390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 are two popular options. Which of these is faster in a straight line? Here is a video showing the result of a top-speed run.
As seen in the video, both the bikes start off from the 0 kmph mark, and revving up to red-line, both bikes reach the 100 Kmph mark easily. The Duke 390 can be seen leading till 137 Kmph, after which the Ninja 300 takes the lead. The Ninja 300 touches the top speed of 187 Kmph while the top speed of the Duke 390 is not known, making the Ninja 300 the winner. A key reason for the Ninja 300 winning the race is aerodynamics, which help in achieving more speed in a faired bike than a naked version.
The KTM Duke 390 has a bigger engine than the Kawasaki Ninja 300. The KTM Duke 390 is powered by a single cylinder 373 cc engine producing 44 Bhp of peak power and 37 Nm of peak torque, while the Ninja 300 is powered by a 296 cc parallel twin engine generating a peak power of 38 Bhp and 27 Nm of peak torque. Both the bikes have 6-speed manual transmission and ABS as standard. The advantage of single-cylinder engines is that they provide better torque than the parallel-twin engines, but have a downside of vibrations. However, parallel-twin engines have an advantage of better top-end performance, which helps the Ninja 300 win the race.
The KTM Duke 390 is priced at Rs. 2.44 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi, while the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is slightly expensive and priced at Rs. 2.98 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi. However, looking at the price tag and the capability, the KTM is more value-for-money than its Japanese competitor. Although in the video, the riders are wearing all safety gears, riding at such high speeds on public roads is unsafe and dangerous. We do not encourage such practice by anyone.