2013 KTM Duke 390

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DOUBLE-O G, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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  2. rotten

    rotten LOST AGAIN

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    Neat...
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  3. strongbad

    strongbad Been here awhile

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    Gorgeous! I'd love to see a supermoto version with about the same weight and power figures for sale in the US also.
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  4. GB

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    Is this the one that's made in India?
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  5. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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    Yes it is. But it's European styling [sarcasm].
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  7. D.T.

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    If it's over $8k I'd....:huh

    Looks like a fun bike, to demo ride once. Thats about it.
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  8. Gryphon12

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    That photo looks like a Duke 200 with a 390 sticker on the tank. The weight is really close to that of the Duke 690, much more than the Duke 200. I've been watching this one very closely. The 350EXC makes 45+ hp, so in street trim with a 375, it should be closer to 48+. When (if) it comes to the US, I'll take one over the Ninja 300R. Unless the 2013 Duke 690 comes the US...
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  9. ferrix

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    Indian quality at European price? No, thanks. And it's a pity, because I would be really interested in a bike like that but the country of manufacture is a deal breaker for me. 'Who cares where it's made', you ask?- well, I do.
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  10. bungie4

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    Unfortunately true. In the case of the Honda CBR250R, which is manufactured in Thailand and India. Nearly all complaints about quality/assembly defects come from the India made models. The Thai models, which we get here in North America are up to Honda's usual standards.
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    45hp is a lot of power for a 375cc 4-stroke single. The engine must be a fairly high-strung, fragile, high-maintenance thumper for that kind of output. No?
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  12. THE_SHRUB

    THE_SHRUB Potted plant

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    Well I for one am totally stoked to be seeing this bike coming to N. America (more specifically Canada). I've been waiting for a while for the entry level street bike market to break open and it looks like its turning into a very interesting situation. With honda, Kawasaki and now KTM all refocusing their efforts on new riders you can only hope that we see more competiters in this bike class.

    I personally think the duke 390 sounds like a perfect fit for a younger rider like me. Sure I'll likely pay a premium for the bike, but KTM has yet to lead me astray, and I have enough faith in the brand to trust them with picking up my first road bike, and if they have to manufacture it in india to keep costs down and turn a profit in this crappy economy, then so be it.

    Even if you hate the idea of an Indian made KTM, you gotta love the attention its drawing to the entry-level class thats been so DESPERATELY starved of decent options here in N. America for far too long.
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  13. RaY YreKa

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    Bajaj own a huge slice of KTM. Not only is the Duke indian made, it's essentialy indian owned.

    I don't have any problem with it; this is another of the <48bhp bikes that are aimed, at least in Europe, at the new class of licence for 21-24 year olds that comes into effect in January.
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    As long as the price is decent (VStrom range), and there is good warranty and dealer support, it sounds great!
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  16. PeteN95

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    It looks like a huge amount of fun! :lol3
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  17. JTucker

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    Does look like fun but knowing KTM it will be high maintenance and $10k. :lol3
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    You're not paying attention. Made in India to keep the cost down. Bump in displacement from the 350cc parent, but the same hp, so LESS stressed. Read. Think. Learn.
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  19. SnappNBrrap

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    conversely, larger displacement = thinner walls, probably negligible in the grand scheme but its a factor. but i would still expect this to be a fantastic little machine. but i still really like the new Kawi 300, especially that its a twin and could make around 55hp pretty easily.
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  20. CaptainFresca

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    I'd rather have the new 690 Duke. I wish they were importing it into the US.

    The 690 weighs 330 lbs, does it not?
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