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Old 26th August 2015, 07:49   #4786
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Fellow Dukers,

Recently I bought a DUKE 390 and being based in Kochi, I do have to wade through traffic every time I get out. Just had a concern regarding heating up of the engine!
I know that these Dukes have the heating up issues, but will it heat up to the last 3 bars even just after 5 mins of riding. Does the fan only kick in at that level? Although once the bar reaches that level it stays there even after prolonged riding.

I took it to the SVC next day after delivery and he said since it is a new unit, things are tight and it will get back to normal after 1st service.

Can I trust the SVC guy? Is this normal? Can you any of you please confirm whether this is normal?

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Fellow Dukers,

Recently I bought a DUKE 390 and being based in Kochi, I do have to wade through traffic every time I get out. Just had a concern regarding heating up of the engine!
I know that these Dukes have the heating up issues, but will it heat up to the last 3 bars even just after 5 mins of riding. Does the fan only kick in at that level? Although once the bar reaches that level it stays there even after prolonged riding.

I took it to the SVC next day after delivery and he said since it is a new unit, things are tight and it will get back to normal after 1st service.

Can I trust the SVC guy? Is this normal? Can you any of you please confirm whether this is normal?

Regards
Antony
Yes this is normal. Dukes function at just 2 bars below that High Coolant Temperature level. In any case, new bikes can be a bit more temperamental than older ones, so just keep riding and take it through the first service, after which you'll know for sure how well it is performing.

But yeah, heating has always been a major trouble with Dukes. They hate slow speeds.
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I know that these Dukes have the heating up issues, but will it heat up to the last 3 bars even just after 5 mins of riding. Does the fan only kick in at that level? Although once the bar reaches that level it stays there even after prolonged riding.

Hey man, congrats on landing the bike ! The heating up of the engine you described is absolutely normal and isn't an issue as such. You will get used to it surely, like i have. Anyway, there's this coolant called Engine Ice i'm about to try out. It's supposedly ensures slightly lower running temps than usual so i'm curious to see if it's true.
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Hey man, congrats on landing the bike ! The heating up of the engine you described is absolutely normal and isn't an issue as such. You will get used to it surely, like i have. Anyway, there's this coolant called Engine Ice i'm about to try out. It's supposedly ensures slightly lower running temps than usual so i'm curious to see if it's true.
The difference that Engine Ice will make will be purely academic. A member of one of the riding groups in Bangalore switched to Engine Ice and found no tangible difference.

Apparently the 2015 variants of the 390 have a shroud of some sort around the radiator fan that makes the bike easier to live with in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Cheers !

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Old 26th August 2015, 13:14   #4790
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They are on sale on flipkart. May be they are very old stock. Got carried away by the mouthwatering price of 140section pilot street .
I guess I'll stick to the stock ratings then, but still would like to know if there'll be significant difference in their performance.
Careful with Flipkart mate. They may state Pilot Street Radial but actually they will deliver you Pilot Sporty

And about the tyre size. Stick to stock size as most of the times (I assume) you will be riding on the streets and touring. Unless you are a track junkie (use the 140) its more fun (told by a buddy who rides on track very often)
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Old 26th August 2015, 13:51   #4791
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Thanks to @riderzone a.k.a Akhil Kalsh from Viaterra got an opportunity to test the latest offering from Viaterra - Leaders in motorcycle luggage solutions in India (As per my assumption, knowledge and most importantly my experience)

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The bag was tested on KTM Duke 200 & 390 (Pics used are of the Duke 200). It fits so tad perfectly that it actually looks like an integrated part of the bike itself. Comes with raincover too. The only complain I have(Can call it a suggestion actually ) towards viaterra is that the rain cover should come in a brighter high-viz color that will be of great assitance to the riders specially during rains, nights and foggy conditions.

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Viaterra Raptor Tail Bag review!
Thank you Akshay for the detailed review. Very informative.

If possible, can you post some inside pictures of the bag? Would be really grateful if you can place a laptop inside an empty bag and click a picture.

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The difference that Engine Ice will make will be purely academic. A member of one of the riding groups in Bangalore switched to Engine Ice and found no tangible difference.

Apparently the 2015 variants of the 390 have a shroud of some sort around the radiator fan that makes the bike easier to live with in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Cheers !

Sundar
Is that so? Im a tad disappointed , from what friends told me it was a proper difference. About the 2015 bike, there's a plate fitted behind the radiator, facing the rider's legs. This deflects heat away from the rider. It's quite effective, i have ridden the new bike in standstill to crawling traffic and it's definitely cooler than mine. The slipper clutch is a dream too, and totally worth 3500 bucks.
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Is that so? Im a tad disappointed , from what friends told me it was a proper difference. About the 2015 bike, there's a plate fitted behind the radiator, facing the rider's legs. This deflects heat away from the rider. It's quite effective, i have ridden the new bike in standstill to crawling traffic and it's definitely cooler than mine. The slipper clutch is a dream too, and totally worth 3500 bucks.
Wasn't sure about the extent of this 'shroud'
But good to know that it does make some difference.

That said, you sure the slipper clutch assembly costs INR 3500?
During my last visit to the svc, I was told that it would cost 7 grand to get the new slipper clutch retrofitted.

And the person who quoted the cost is the service manager ! (Ravi at KTM Kasturba road).
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Wasn't sure about the extent of this 'shroud'
But good to know that it does make some difference.

That said, you sure the slipper clutch assembly costs INR 3500?
During my last visit to the svc, I was told that it would cost 7 grand to get the new slipper clutch retrofitted.

And the person who quoted the cost is the service manager ! (Ravi at KTM Kasturba road).
Yup, it was launched at 5k here, and it's now available for 3500. Ill probably upgrade next month when the bike due for service
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Guys, just a quick query here.

I happened to observe the headlamps of a few RC390s and they have this multicoloured glimmer about them when viewed from a distance. Makes you feel they're going into dipper and back to signal for something but they actually aren't. The same character is found in the headlamps of the Mahindra XUV5OO.

Any idea what bulb is this? Philips Xtreme Vision?
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Guys, just a quick query here.

I happened to observe the headlamps of a few RC390s and they have this multicoloured glimmer about them when viewed from a distance. Makes you feel they're going into dipper and back to signal for something but they actually aren't. The same character is found in the headlamps of the Mahindra XUV5OO.

Any idea what bulb is this? Philips Xtreme Vision?
That 'character' is from the Projector head lamps and got nothing to do with the bulb. Good old Pulsar 220 has it too.
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Guys i'm suffering with the dreaded fuel lid rattle. It is incredibly loud and irritating now. I know there's a jugaad of sticking bindis or stickers under the fuel flap but is there any other, more reliable way of sorting this out?

Also, my speedometer has been going to back to 0 randomly and then jumps back to the right speed. Informed the SVC and they assured me of a free replacement under warranty. Sad part is im going to lose the 18000 km done. If anyone of you guys notices this even sporadically do let them know. Cheers!
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Thank you Akshay for the detailed review. Very informative.

If possible, can you post some inside pictures of the bag? Would be really grateful if you can place a laptop inside an empty bag and click a picture.

--Anoop
Thanks mate. Will do so and post a photo asap.
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That 'character' is from the Projector head lamps and got nothing to do with the bulb. Good old Pulsar 220 has it too.
Well, I compared the headlamp throw of two RC390s parked far away and only one of them had that 'character'.
Guess I should consult some known RC owners on the same.

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