The much awaited 2017 KTM 390 Duke was formally launched in the country in February this year and the model was initially available in a solo orange shade. Now, the Austrian bike maker has presented a Special limited edition white color scheme on the street fighter and is available at select KTM dealerships across India. Priced at Rs.2.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi price), the white paint scheme is available for the same price as the standard version and will be available till stocks last. While the orange shade on the 2017 KTM 390 Duke may be a little too cheerful for a few, the white color managed to keep things subtle. The complete bike gets finished in white including the lengthy fuel tank and visible mudguard, while the bass gloss black shade has been retained for the two tone effect. The new split Trellis frame gets no changes either with the first half of the unit is powder coated in orange and the remaining half ended in white. The alloy wheels continue to be finished in orange color. The new paint scheme, as with the complete KTM range, is now UV resistant.
Beyond the color scheme, the new KTM 390 Duke continue with the existing setup. The bike with its plethora of upgrades managed to impress us when we rode it a few weeks ago and gets some division first features as well including ride-by-wire, LCD instrument console, modifiable levers and much more. The complete changes on the 390 Duke include the all-LED headlights, open-cartridge USD front forks and a new rear monoshock suspension setup. The front brake assembly is also new with bigger 320 mm disc and new sintered brake pads.
The 2017 KTM 390 Duke is also the only motorbike in the sub-500 cc segment to feature smartphone mirroring via Bluetooth that allows you to monitor messages and calls while on the fly. The LCD instrument console also manages to offer a host of detail on the motorbike and setting options. The new 390 Duke also gets a bigger 13.5 litre fuel tank now made of metal.
In terms of power, the new KTM 390 Duke uses the same 373 single cylinder, liquid cooled engine tuned to produce 43-BHP at 9000 rpm and 37 Nm of top torque at 7000 rpm. With a 2 per cent hike in torque, the motor combats the weight increase of nearly 9 kg. The engine is paired to a six speed gearbox with a power assisted slipper clutch.