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Next-gen KTM 390 Duke Spied Before Its Launch

The Next-gen KTM 390 Duke has been the subject of spy images for a while, and now the bike in production form has been spotted ahead of its release. Since the release of the BS4 iteration in 2017, this generational shift will be the bike’s first major redesign.

Next-gen KTM 390 Duke

The Next-gen KTM 390 Duke receives a redesigned engine case design, updated exhaust routing, an O2-sensor that is now positioned on the exhaust header pipe, and a relocated coolant reservoir. As we have previously stated, the bike’s engine is in need of a thorough overhaul. It is uncertain whether the current 373cc engine will undergo a thorough overhaul or increase in displacement.

The existence of an adjustable front fork (visible through adjusters on the fork covers) represents another significant modification and may eventually herald the arrival of adjustable suspension for the 390 Duke. However, given that the smaller-capacity KTM bikes are made right here in India, the bike that was spotted here may be an export-spec variant. It is unknown if KTM India will even offer adjustable suspension as an option for the new 390 Duke.

Given that the current RC 390 has a monoshock with a similar specification, the offset mono-shock might also have some level of adjustment, most likely for rebound and preload.

The braking system is also brand-new, and for the first time on a KTM model under 400cc, the calliper and disc are located on the right rather than the left side. Similar to the revised RC 390, the calliper is directly attached to the cast alloy wheel.

The design language and colour scheme, which for the first time include blue in the 390 Duke’s colour palette (following in the footsteps of the 390 Adventure and RC 390), are the most noticeable aesthetic changes to the bike.

The tank itself appears to be different, which could suggest the existing bike’s 13.4-litre fuel capacity may alter. The tank extensions have cut-outs, which accentuate the bike’s edgy style. The headlight unit itself appears to be changed, and it appears that the plastic shrouds that have been a part of the LED headlight since 2017 will not be included with the new 390 Duke. With this update, the 390 Duke is anticipated to receive an IMU, enabling cornering ABS and traction control, like its siblings. The switchgear and TFT dash are also brand-new components.

The bike gets a new offset monoshock that is directly mounted to the main frame, even if the rear of the bike is hidden in the spy photos from earlier. Another distinct component that has been spotted previously is a redesigned swingarm, albeit it is not apparent here.

Given that the Next-gen KTM 390 Duke is currently prepared for manufacturing, a release is probably imminent. It will be interesting to watch if the bike breaks cover first in foreign markets or here at home. The Next-gen KTM 390 Duke has always been introduced to outside markets first, then India. The next-generation KTM 390 Duke will likely cost more than its present asking price of Rs 2.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in light of the changes that will be made to the motorcycle.

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