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390 Duke

KTM’S smaller ca­pac­ity Dukes have al­ways been both pop­u­lar and fun, but it wouldn’t be un­fair to say they lacked a lit­tle class – but with a few rea­son­ably sub­tle changes for 2017 they ap­pear to have punched their way into the big league.

The new 390 has been treated to sig­nif­i­cant at­ten­tion for the new model year, ben­e­fit­ting from vis­ual up­dates that bring it closer to the Su­per Duke, to en­gi­neer­ing up­dates that will help keep it at the fun and fruity end of the A2 li­cence pool (with re­stric­tor kit).

The 390 now boasts a ride-by-wire throt­tle, full TFT dash, an op­tional MY RIDE mul­ti­me­dia in­ter­face, ABS as stan­dard, split LED head­lamp, and all new body­work.

The frame and sub­frame are new, and the mo­tor cra­dled by it also gets up­dates to bring it in line with the more strin­gent Euro4 emis­sions reg­u­la­tions. The 373.2cc sin­gle is fed by fuel in­jec­tion and breathes out though a new three­way cat­alytic con­verter, while the stubby un­der­belly ex­haust is re­placed by a classy look­ing side-mounted end can. Max power is a claimed 44bhp.

The WP fork is also new, as is the big­ger 320mm front brake disc, gripped by a Brembo-de­vel­oped By-bre branded caliper. Squeez­ing the brake lever just got more com­fort­able too, as it’s now span-ad­justable (as is the clutch lever).

The sep­a­rate rider and pil­lion seats have also been re­designed to go with the new sharper body­work, chas­sis, and marginally larger 13.4 litre steel tank.

At 149kg it’s a true light­weight, ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing lots of fun to rid­ers of all shapes and sizes.

125 Duke

The small­est Duke in the family gets a pretty thor­ough up­date for 2017, too, with new styling, new frame, and a level of spec that most man­u­fac­tur­ers don’t lav­ish on con­sid­er­ably more high-end of­fer­ings.

With is slop­ing new LED head­lamp it looks even more Su­per Duke-es­que, and the new fat 43mm WP fork and By-bre caliper help keep the big-bike il­lu­sion go­ing at the front end. New, sharper body pan­els con­tinue the theme, with a new frame and sub­frame pok­ing out from be­neath. Rid­ers get a new full TFT dash host­ing all the information needed, and there’s even MY RIDE hands-free mul­ti­me­dia con­nec­tiv­ity as an op­tion.

The ex­haust moves to the side – and looks bet­ter for it – while rider and pil­lion seats have also been up­dated. The baby Duke just grew up.

THE FACTS 44bhp 149kg Seat height 830mm

THE FACTS O 177bhp O 195kg Seat height 835mm

THE FACTS 15bhp 137kg Seat height 830mm

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