KTM Duke 390

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cabanza, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. andmoon

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  4. andmoon

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    I weigh 170 before clothing.
    Just got andreani fork kit.....no clue what weight fork oil to use. Ohlins #20 fork oil equivalent would be....? # 20 is not a weight .... not that that matters.
  5. mandatedmotorvation

    mandatedmotorvation Shunpiker

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    If you don’t get an answer here you can always try the duke390 forum. They have an Andreani dealer over there. They’re turd-ish but will probably answer your question directly.
  6. andmoon

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    The shock is more than worth the $.
    The Andreanni kit improves the bike LOTS and I consider it worth the $ too. The shock's improvement is greater than the Andreanni's. IMHO
  7. Brett Eastman

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    Please tell in detail the differance's between the stock and YSS rear shock, and what it does better?
    thanks
  8. andmoon

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    Even with the comp/reb knob all the way out the rear stays composed. The ride is much smoother yet controlled. I looked for bumps mid corner. Small to mid size bumps both sharp and smooth edged are felt but does not affect the bike much. Large sharp edged bumps are dealt with as well as expected. Strangely, smooth edged large bumps upset the bike. I am going to slowly increase dampening. I guess the savings is in the lack of separate H and L speed compression. I would like to just increase L speed dampening. As it is now an increase is an increase to all dampening.

    For the $ it rocks. It also makes the forks feel worse.
  9. Brett Eastman

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    Thanks for sharing. let us know if you can dial in a compromise with the dampning for the bigger bumps with out effecting the smaller slower ones.
  10. dlmarquez

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    I am still waiting to hear some longer ride reports (say over 300mi in one day or over 500 in 2) or long road trips from riders with 33+ inch inseams that weigh over 185 lbs. anybody like that out there on a 2017 Duke 390?
  11. Unhingedlizard

    Unhingedlizard Been here awhile

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    yep. me. 186cm, 258lbs and did 550km in one day. What would you like to know?
  12. dlmarquez

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    What
    What kind of roads? Superslab or secondary roads? How was the seat? Other ergos? What is the realistic range between fuel stops, and what gives out first...gas tank, bladder, or butt?
    Any general observations about the little duke for traveling?
    Anything you would like to change or modify?
    Are ya a happy camper?
  13. ChairmanMaose

    ChairmanMaose OneLessCar

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    Any word on a big bore kit for this engine? I'm thinking of buying the Husky Vitpilen 401 when it's released in the spring and I'm thinking in the future, after the warranty expires, tuning it. It shares the same engine, why it's called the 401 I don't know. Maybe they've already increased the displacement?
  14. Unhingedlizard

    Unhingedlizard Been here awhile

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    What kind of roads? NZ doesn't really have a lot of nice asphalt. Mostly we have a mix of chip seal and lower grade stuff. This trip was mostly secondary roads up the island and State highway back. State Highways here are more or less A roads in the UK, Secondary roads are mostly tight, twisty and often single track.

    How was the seat? Seat was very good. esp compared to my stock seat on my 950. Wish the front was a bit softer as it pitches you forward a bit. I hear the powerparts seat is really good and if my duke wasnt a commuter id think about it.

    Other ergos? My lower back started to hurt a bit and my bum was needing a rest by the end. Im not used to a naked anymore so I did notice the wind on my chest poss more than someone going straight from one naked to the other. the seating position is nice and its awesome how you can drop your shoulder into corners.

    What is the realistic range between fuel stops, and what gives out first...gas tank, bladder, or butt? realistically I would plan 250km between stops. Ive run it out of fuel at 280km and put just over 11 litres into it so im not sure where they get 13.5 litres in the brochure from. Worth noting the fuel use commuting is 3.6ish and on the open road (100kph ish) it drops to mid 4's

    Any general observations about the little duke for traveling? With a powerparts seat and some luggage id be happy to tour on this. Id keep days to 300-400km tho. It is ridiculously easy to ride. so light you dont really get tired and its so much fun in really twisty roads. the ABS is a nice safety net but i had the bike skittering sideways over some gravel on the road and it was super composed. the front brake is so powerful for a learner bike. The tyres are really good which is nice as I understand the OEM ones for the older duke were a bit pants. The downside is for the suspension to be budget and composed, its a bit harsh. does tend to transfer a lot of bumps right through to your arms and bum.

    Anything you would like to change or modify? I would extend the suspension front and rear. put a fairing with a screen on. some aux led lights. luggage rack. crash bars. higher wider handle bars. swap the wheels for a 19inch front and a slightly narrower rear. comfier seat and wider footpegs. Seriously they need to make a 390 ADV. it would be epically good. For now though all ive done is put some vinyl wrap to stop the key scratching the tank, fitted a kreiga us-10 bag to the rear seat (highly recommend this its an awesome bit of gear, hit me up if you get one and get confused as to how to attach. its a bit tricky) and just ordered some crash protection from aliexpress. Someone broke the left mirror so i have some bar end ones coming to try. I may get the powerparts seat at some point. and if I can find a screen that looks nice ill get that.

    Edit: Oh id like to get rid of the play in the throttle, and make the brakes less progressive. but I can understand why they are like this.

    Are ya a happy camper? Totally. I love my little big for commuting and sunny short rides. gonna take her on a 4 day adventure to the Paeroa Street Races in Feb. Watching some superbikes doing 280kph through a town centre and a lap of coromandel. (google these if you want to be a bit jealous :p)
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  15. Unhingedlizard

    Unhingedlizard Been here awhile

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    Wow thats a cool little bike! Same displacement as the 390, 375cc
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  16. dlmarquez

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  17. TTorpedo

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    Same engine actually ;) an there´s also the Svartpilen (scrambler look)
    I read somewhere theirs a 701 Vitpilen to... But then nothing materialized so far.
    KTM790 will probably arrive before the Huskys
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  18. Unhingedlizard

    Unhingedlizard Been here awhile

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    Heads up to 2017 390 owners. my side stand felt a bit funny the other day so I had a friend hold the bike over as I checked it out. the two 14mm bolts holding the side stand bracket on were backed right out. You cant see these from the outside so worth checking.

    3500km now. Doing a good duty as a daily commuter.
  19. lousgoose

    lousgoose Been here awhile

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    Well, just got this last week. We’ll see how it goes. First big ride in Deal’s Gap area and north Georgia mountains was laughably, hilariously good fun. More to follow sooner. I purchased the thing thinking it would be a bike I would use on this trip and maybe sell soon after some good times; however, now almost 500 miles into ownership I’m starting to actually shock myself a bit with thoughts of it as a keeper. The thing is just ridiculous fun and outlandishly surprising in terms of capability.

    Quick stupid question. I’m looking at the owner’s manual for service intervals and seeing all the empty circles for 650 miles, then solid ones neark 5k. So uh, big duh here, but what are the empty circles supposed to mean? Do I get it serviced then? I’m an idiot. Sorry.

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  20. dlmarquez

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    beautiful! I really want to take one of these for a spin!