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I bought my 2020 390 Duke new (in July 2021) and have ridden it 2000kms in all circumstances from freeway running to rough and rocky fire trails. It was a step up for me from a 200 Duke that I rode for 20,000 kms and thought was a brilliant little machine. I sold that, and a 1992 Honda Dominator I used as a touring bike, and chose the 390 Duke as my one-bike-only: a cheap-to-run, agile machine that's fun for short trips, but also a bike comfortable and long-legged enough to be able to handle an interstate trip. The 390 Duke fits those roles...very well indeed. And it fits me perfectly - I'm 174cm tall and 65kg. It also fits my budget - at around $7500 on the road it is astonishingly good value. The 390 Duke has a 373cc high-compression engine that has LOTS of power if ever you get up past 6500rpm or so. Mostly I'm riding at 6500 or lower at or near the speed limit on country roads where it performs admirably and returns fuel figures around 3.6 litres per 100km. Push it hard and you'll use significantly more than that, obviously - so mostly I don't. It is a fabulous bike on a winding road, stable over bumpy corners, with slick gear changing (it doesn't need the clutch up in 3,4,5,6....) and powerful brakes (with ABS). Of particular appeal to me is its light weight: it feels highly responsive to the tiniest inputs, yet secure and steady at speed. In the shed, or parking, its so easy to move around. The seat is comfortable for two hours or more when touring. My daughter doesn't take up a lot of space, and assures me that for her the pillion seat is fine for extended trips. There's no screen (but KTM offer an after-market one at a not-unreasonable price) and there's a bit of pressure on the chest at 120 on the freeway - but it's quite tolerable. Night travelling is easy, with classy all-round LED lighting - the headlight is literally brilliant. I've added rear pannier frames so I can tie stuff on when touring. And bar-end mirrors. And a KTM tankbag. Instrumentation is the sort of high-tech offering that comes with expensive bikes - a TFT display with a switch panel that lets you choose from umpteen options. Once you've been through the twenty pages or so in the instruction book you can make sense of it, and appreciate all the on-board monitoring that the tiny computer is doing for you. Clever stuff. And the looks? Orange/white/black in a scheme that's dramatic and just short of outrageous. I absolutely love it. People come up and talk to me about it when it's parked. It is such a hooligan design, the whole bike. It has a unique feel about it. You have to ride it to understand. Summed up, the 390 Duke is a five-star package with more than a little milky-way magic about it.
Purchased in July 2021 at Hunter Valley Motorsports.
Easy to ride, relatively quick, awesome fun. Does everything it is supposed to do and does it well. It isn't a cruiser and freeways aren't it's natural environment but throw it at some corners and and it almost perfect. It has character which is lacking in a lot of smaller bikes.
An OK buy
The power delivery is on point. The grip is excellent. Not actually 390 cc. but overall great.
Has ABS system as well which is very safe and good for stopping quickly. With the colour dynamics was better than just the white and black. KTM should come up with new colour schemes that make it better looking.
Glad I sold it
Ok so I bought this bike without even riding it just based on how it looked and the fact it was a KTM, big mistake the power delivery on this engine is atrocious at first I thought it was faulty and called the dealership, they told me that that is normal for that bike and typical for single cylinder engines, after doing some research I realised they are not even made by KTM but some indian company that is endorsed by KTM for their brand, glad it's gone and lesson learned, oh and it's not even 390cc it seems the marketing team at KTM have got the better of their engineers, shame
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|Release date||July 2013|
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