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Old 30th May 2013, 09:41   #556
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KTM's Duke 390 has been seen testing in Pune,
Someone mentioned that Bajaj/KTM reps looked over this thread once in a while, so trying my luck - dear KTM, I've got my money saved up and ready, but cannot think of buying a 390 in those hideous orange wheels! The test bike in the first photo in the quoted post is much more to my taste, simple performance rather than looking the part! Please consider releasing a black 390 somewhere down the line just like the 200, or at least give customers the option to swap the wheels with sober black ones at the time of purchase at no additional cost. The trellis frame can remain orange though.

Worth a shot!
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Someone mentioned that Bajaj/KTM reps looked over this thread once in a while, so trying my luck - dear KTM, I've got my money saved up and ready, but cannot think of buying a 390 in those hideous orange wheels! The test bike in the first photo in the quoted post is much more to my taste, simple performance rather than looking the part! Please consider releasing a black 390 somewhere down the line just like the 200, or at least give customers the option to swap the wheels with sober black ones at the time of purchase at no additional cost. The trellis frame can remain orange though.

Worth a shot!
Ohho! Bajaj please consider having both then.
I absolutely need the Orange wheels. I want the 390 to look as different from 200 as possible. Moreover, I think Orange looks cool.
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Xbhp says bookings open banner sighted in the ktm showroom opposite udupi garden! 15 June launch?
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Xbhp says bookings open banner sighted in the ktm showroom opposite udupi garden! 15 June launch?
I too heard the mid-June launch for 390.
I too love the orange in the 390, it should stand apart from 200 in a crowd

Hope they do not mess the pricing, like they did with Ninja300.
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Here is the Overdrive Review
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Also up is a detailed first ride report of the Duke 390 by Overdrive :http://overdrive.in/reviews/2013-ktm...-first-ride-2/

He says it has a somewhat mellowed down nature over the frantic Duke 200 due to the tall gearing.
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Coming from a stunt rider --

rokbagoros:
Today I had a free day after the practice at #KTM HQ, so I took the new #390duke for a spin. 6 months ago I tested the prototype but only on a small parking lot, this time I made a proper test and man this bike goes like a rocket ... A lot of power and perfect for twisty roads. I hope I find more time this year to ride a bit more with the bike

Link: http://instagram.com/p/YsmNSvPQ5U/

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Caution - General Rant:

I wonder why do they launch new bikes during Monsoon season? It's all wet slippery and muddy around to mess up a brand new bike. Notwithstanding all those poetic souls merrily singing rain songs, certainly monsoon is not the best time for me to enjoy new bike.

I find winter better suited for the bike rides than either scorching summer or wet rainy season.
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I wonder why do they launch new bikes during Monsoon season? It's all wet slippery and muddy around to mess up a brand new bike.
For the auto industry, making and selling the vehicle is just one part.

Servicing and repairing and providing replacment/damage spares is the other.

And from what I hear, its not small money either .....
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For the auto industry, making and selling the vehicle is just one part.

Servicing and repairing and providing replacment/damage spares is the other.

And from what I hear, its not small money either .....
Agreed, but if I have to slip, fall and damage my bike for repair, let me at least fall after few months of enjoying my new bike. After all, monsoon visits us every year.
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Just saw coming soon posters for 390 at both the dealerships in Hyderabad. I hope they launch as well as deliver the bikes this month.
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Agreed, but if I have to slip, fall and damage my bike for repair, let me at least fall after few months of enjoying my new bike. After all, monsoon visits us every year.
The chances of slipping and falling in the wet are exponentially higher when on a new bike you are not yet set on versus one you have already been riding for a year.
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Agreed, but if I have to slip, fall and damage my bike for repair, let me at least fall after few months of enjoying my new bike. After all, monsoon visits us every year.
Bajaj might have forethought the arrival of the monsoon in India at the time when they would launch the D390 and for that very reason why they are providing the D390 with Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres, which according to the reviews helps improving the grip on wetter surfaces and hence reducing the chances of the bike to slip and cause and damage
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Bajaj might have forethought the arrival of the monsoon in India at the time when they would launch the D390 and for that very reason why they are providing the D390 with Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres, which according to the reviews helps improving the grip on wetter surfaces and hence reducing the chances of the bike to slip and cause and damage
And they have provided top of the line Bosch ABS too, both front and rear, to further take care of your safety, should your enthusiasm with the excellent Brembo licensed brakes overwhelm the sticky bond between the Metzelers and the tarmac.

Should all of these fail, the happy fact borne out by more than a year of the Duke 200 on Indian roads is that the Duke's oft damaged (or consumed) parts are seriously dirt cheap compared to other bikes.

If you are a Bulleteer, you will even feel a little guilty and embarrassed, and be tempted to leave a couple of 100s as tip so that you can sleep peacefully at night .....
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Just spoke to a Lady in KTM CP Delhi . They are accepting booking with initial amount of 40,000 . As per them launch with happen in coming week starting tomorrow.

Display bikes will be there at launch but no test rides for next 1-2 months .
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