KTM has undertaken a comprehensive transformation of its internationally acclaimed 390 Duke, presenting a larger engine, fresh design, and groundbreaking features.
In 2023, a decade of dominance by the game-changing 390 Duke is celebrated. Its supremacy in the sub-400cc naked category, with remarkable global sales, makes this celebration well-deserved.
Presenting the newly revealed MY24 390 Duke, KTM has once again taken center stage. A multitude of enhancements grace this motorcycle, highlighted by its inaugural increase in engine capacity since its initial launch. This resurgence is set to redefine benchmarks, reminiscent of its revolutionary impact a decade ago. Let's delve into the details.
If the '23 Duke's angular aesthetics caught your eye, prepare to be captivated by the new model's even more dynamic appearance. The motorcycle has embraced a fiercer design, completely distancing itself from its previous incarnation. A brand-new split headlight arrangement akin to the Super Duke takes prominence, complemented by larger LED DRLs at its sides. Robust tank shrouds extend past the forks, exhibiting an aerodynamically sculpted form that demands attention.
The rear view is equally robust, owed to the novel subframe that accommodates an updated split saddle (now positioned at 32.2 inches). Notably, the underbelly exhaust returns after a seven-year hiatus, supplanting the existing side-mounted variant. The minimalist five-spoke alloy wheels, reminiscent of the 2023 RC 390, alongside new mirrors and fenders, contribute to an even more captivating package. A stylish finish is provided by the two new liveries, adorned with vibrant graphics and Team Orange's signature hue.
The outgoing 390 Duke featured advanced technology, including a TFT instrument cluster, comprehensive LED lighting, and smartphone connectivity. However, KTM has elevated these features in the 2024 390 Duke. The former TFT is replaced by a modern five-inch unit (akin to the 890 Adventure), paired with sleek new switchgear.
This display offers access to essential information, smartphone integration, turn-by-turn navigation, and electronic rider aids. These aids encompass two distinct ride modes (sport, rain), launch control, and cornering ABS. Standard features now include a slipper clutch and traction control, collectively establishing a new standard within the class.
Since its inception, the 390 Duke has housed a 373cc single-cylinder engine. This paradigm shifts in 2024, with the introduction of an updated 399cc single-cylinder powerhouse. Achieved through an increased 64 mm stroke (four more than its predecessor), this capacity enhancement delivers 44.2 horsepower and 28.8 pound-feet of torque—surpassing the previous 42.9 and 27.2 figures. These capabilities are transmitted to the wheel via a six-speed transmission.
Turning to the underpinnings, the 390 Duke boasts an entirely new chassis. A revamped trellis structure graces the front, while a fresh cast aluminum subframe characterizes the rear. These elements, combined with the new swingarm, facilitate a repositioned off-set monoshock at the back. Enhanced suspension and brakes further enhance the appeal. The former boasts compression and rebound adjustability for both the WP Apex 43 mm forks and WP monoshock. Meanwhile, the latter features lighter disc brakes, maintaining a size of 320 mm at the front and 240 mm at the rear.
While these advancements are undeniably impressive, the 390 Duke's dry weight has increased to 363 pounds—a notable 33-pound surge. To put this in perspective, it aligns with the wet weight of the Kawasaki Z400. One hopes that this additional weight does not compromise the Duke's renowned riding dynamics.
As the curtain lifts on this transformation, KTM USA is preparing to unveil the updated 390 Duke in the near future. Given the improvements, one can anticipate a substantial price adjustment from the outgoing model's $5,899. This places the Duke among the more expensive sub-400cc nakeds on the market, undoubtedly provoking interest. Nevertheless, none of its competitors—such as the Kawasaki Z400 or Honda CB500F—present such a harmonious blend of performance, features, and head-turning aesthetics.
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