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.
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