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Old 08-14-2013, 06:44 AM   #1
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KTM 390 duke

Anyone try one of the 2013 KTM 390 duke model?

A friend is interested asked me but I have not tried it. Thanks.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:56 PM   #2
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Anyone try one of the 2013 KTM 390 duke model?

A friend is interested asked me but I have not tried it. Thanks.
My wife has just bought one.

She had already put a (refundable) deposit down on a brand new one when perhaps the first used example in the UK pops up for sale. Immaculate, run-in. loaded with extras and a massive saving. It was a no-brainer and I volunteered to ride it the 66 miles home.

I've hardly been off it since and now it's a bit of a fight with the Mrs as to who gets it first when we go riding!

Anyway, about the bike itself. All I can say is that all the reviews are correct. This is a fabulous example of what bikes were like in the 2-stroke days and how lightweight combined woth decent power combines to make a truly enjoyable experience.

The power unit is a peach. Very smooth, excellent fuelling and a super transmission that is a joy to snap through. Despite being a single there is very little vibration even at high rpm. The 6th gear is nice and high for prolonged motorway trips, which helps.

As for the handling - wow! It's about as good as it gets if you like a bike that turns on your command yet it isn't unstable. The suspension is firmn and the seat quite thin but after three hours (with a short break in the middle) there were no compliants. At a smidge under 6ft I do find the riding position a little cramped for my upper body but my wife (5ft 2ins) has plenty of room.

About the only thing to criticise so far has been the dashboard. There is a lot of info there but it's not as intuitive to use/find as it could be and the LCD bar type rev counter is a bit poor (you don't need it anyway). Of course, long term reliability and quality of finish is yet to be determined so we'll just have to wait and see.

KTM should be applauded for building such a light bike at a time when every other 'entry level' motorcycle weighs as much as a pillion rider on top.

Plus...it looks amazing

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Old 11-13-2013, 07:00 PM   #3
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We need some pictures, please.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:04 PM   #4
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We need some pictures, please.
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Pics or it didn't happen
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:55 AM   #5
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It looks the same as the 200.
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:26 AM   #6
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OK, I hope this works

http://www.adventurebikerider.com/media/kunena/attachments/1651/Duke1.JPG

http://www.adventurebikerider.com/media/kunena/attachments/1651/Duke2.JPG

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Old 11-14-2013, 05:50 AM   #7
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That thing looks pretty loud, but cool.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:06 AM   #8
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.....and the seat quite thin but after three hours (with a short break in the middle) there were no compliants.
No complaints about a KTM seat? That has to be a milestone for the company.

Thanks for the report. Now where is the Enduro or Adventure 390?
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