2017 KTM 390 Duke Spotted Testing In India
The next-generation KTM 390 Duke might come to the Indian market sometime next year. A fully camouflaged test mule of the bike has been spotted testing in the country, which hints that the company is on final test runs. Before its launch, the 2017 KTM 390 Duke is expected to make its debut at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan, while the Indian unveiling can be expected by the end of the year or early 2017.
You can see in the pictures of the spied motorcycle that the 2017 KTM 390 Duke will look completely different from the existing model. Moreover, the new version will also get a side-slung exhaust muffler similar to the European-spec 2016 KTM RC 390 instead of the existing Duke's underbelly unit.
Powering the 2017 Duke 390 will be the same single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 373cc engine that powers the existing model. However, the company will upgrade the motor to meet Euro-4 norms and stricter noise standards. As per the speculations, the bike could also get ride-by-wire technology and riding modes.
Coming back to the styling and design of the upcoming 2017 Duke 390, it looks sleeker and sharper as compared to the current generation. The instrument cluster is relocated and mounted directly on the handlebar instead of on the headlamp unit. The new LED headlight also ditches the minor fairing. Along with the fuel tank and tank cowls, the seat has also been redesigned and it looks more comfortable now, especially on the pillion side. The new radiator shrouds are also sharper, complementing the new tank flaps. The new tail lamp looks bigger and the rear mudguard also looks redesigned.
We know that BMW is going to launch the G 310 R in India soon and Yamaha is also ready to bring in the MT-03. So, we can say that the Austrian bike maker is preparing its most successful player to compete in the upcoming challenge.