Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Motorbikes


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 22nd August 2013, 14:30   #496
Senior - BHPian
 
man_of_steel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: BLR/TVM
Posts: 1,148
Thanked: 971 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by ku69rd View Post
The other day you were recommending about the MRFs which come on the Duke 200 which will be a decent replacement but am sure its performance will hardly hold a candle to that of Metz.
Always go for an after market part with the same or more quality as the stock! Going for a lesser quality part, that too tires, is scary!!
man_of_steel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2013, 14:32   #497
Senior - BHPian
 
ebonho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Pune
Posts: 3,942
Thanked: 3,170 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by ku69rd View Post
Mate,
When we import tires obviously they would be murderously expensive right . Do not see the 390 selling beyond a few thousands year on year, it will be a direct import. The other day you were recommending about the MRFs which come on the Duke 200 which will be a decent replacement but am sure its performance will hardly hold a candle to that of Metz.
The MRFs are pretty good. And at 8K a pair, they are not cheap either.
ebonho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2013, 16:45   #498
Senior - BHPian
 
ku69rd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,249
Thanked: 1,181 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by ebonho View Post
The MRFs are pretty good. And at 8K a pair, they are not cheap either.
Doc,
Thought the MRF would be more of a harder compound when compared to metzellers. You do have a valid point though that they are not cheap
ku69rd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2013, 17:15   #499
Senior - BHPian
 
ebonho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Pune
Posts: 3,942
Thanked: 3,170 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by ku69rd View Post
Doc,
Thought the MRF would be more of a harder compound when compared to metzellers. You do have a valid point though that they are not cheap
Funnily enough, in spite of what you read of the Metzellers, you take some time to get used to them. The MRFs bed in and come up to speed quicker. Of course, this is my personal and limited opinion.
ebonho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2013, 18:05   #500
Senior - BHPian
 
ku69rd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,249
Thanked: 1,181 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by ebonho View Post
Funnily enough, in spite of what you read of the Metzellers, you take some time to get used to them. The MRFs bed in and come up to speed quicker. Of course, this is my personal and limited opinion.
Doc,
Why wouldn't you want to test the 390 with MRF for a direct feedback
ku69rd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2013, 18:08   #501
Senior - BHPian
 
ebonho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Pune
Posts: 3,942
Thanked: 3,170 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by ku69rd View Post
Doc,
Why wouldn't you want to test the 390 with MRF for a direct feedback
LOL don't get me wrong bro. The Metzellers are very good. But if it comes to buying decision for the next pair and the prices do not come to reasonable levels, then short of hitting the track, I would go with the MRFs expecially when hitting rocky offroad terrain. And ride sensibly otherwise.

Last edited by ebonho : 22nd August 2013 at 18:22.
ebonho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2013, 18:30   #502
BHPian
 
invincible7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Delhi
Posts: 632
Thanked: 125 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

I am sure there would be a very valid reason why KTM choose to go with Met rather than MRF when the later was already running for their D200.
invincible7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2013, 18:36   #503
Team-BHP Support
 
Jaggu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 16,668
Thanked: 5,087 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Off topic: How is MRF in wet, didn't see any sipes towards the center and a friend confirmed that its really dicey on water and sand? Met on the other hand has a better thread design?
Jaggu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2013, 18:40   #504
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: electricity
Posts: 2,291
Thanked: 1,362 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Quote:
How is MRF in wet, didn't see any sipes towards the center and a friend confirmed that its really dicey on water and sand? Met on the other hand has a better thread design?
@jaggu

MRF gets jittery compared to the METZ on wet. Metz strength is riding wet and the difference in grip is evident. This is not from experience but extensive research in the last few weeks post the announcement.

For a place like chennai that i come from the replacement will be a MRF. if that is going to bring more rains to us, i would offer this as a sacrifice for the city
VW2010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd August 2013, 11:19   #505
BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Pune
Posts: 32
Thanked: 6 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

I have ridden both the bikes for good distances. Yes, Metzs are better than MRFs in both conditions (Dry - Marginally & Wet - Considerably). But the incremental cost for this improvement seems to be costly. And the next point is whether the user needs this incremental improvement? So if u have good amount of money, go for Metz, If u dont have any, stick with MRF, and If you have limited funds, take an informed decision.
NitinMakhija is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd August 2013, 13:40   #506
BHPian
 
invincible7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Delhi
Posts: 632
Thanked: 125 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

I find this argument a bit weird - if KTM would have launched the bike without the Met, then many of us will talk about how the handling could have been better with the Met and some of us may have upgraded to them aswell, now when the product does comes with it as a factory fitment we are arguing whether there is a cheaper alternative available to complement the bike even though the handling may be compromised a bit in the bargain.
invincible7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd August 2013, 13:55   #507
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Navi Mumbai
Posts: 1,038
Thanked: 123 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Few people have reported battery issues and starting troubles. One guy had his onboard console throw up an error apparently related to a dead battery. Someone else had to push start the bike few times as it would not start. Is there any one else facing similar issues ?
Note - I follow the KTM Duke 390 Mumbai Owners Club (The Dukes of Mumbai) FB page.
heavy_foot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd August 2013, 13:56   #508
Senior - BHPian
 
ebonho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Pune
Posts: 3,942
Thanked: 3,170 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by invincible7 View Post
I find this argument a bit weird - if KTM would have launched the bike without the Met, then many of us will talk about how the handling could have been better with the Met and some of us may have upgraded to them aswell, now when the product does comes with it as a factory fitment we are arguing whether there is a cheaper alternative available to complement the bike even though the handling may be compromised a bit in the bargain.
Purchase price and running cost is always a factor for any serious biker. Nothing can be seen without this part of the equation in place.

Quote:
Originally Posted by heavy_foot View Post
Someone else had to push start the bike few times as it would not start. Is there any one else facing similar issues ?
Providing you actually can (am not sure you if you can), how advisable is it to push start a bike with an electronic fuel pump that is usually first primed when you put on the ignition, before thumbing the starter?

When my 200's battery went dead (because I had been riding the 390, and had left the 200 parked), I jumped it with another battery, and then left the bike running for some time. The charging circuit is apparently powerful enough to fully charge a dead battery within 10-15 minutes of running.

Last edited by ebonho : 23rd August 2013 at 14:03.
ebonho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th August 2013, 17:27   #509
Senior - BHPian
 
aks_karthik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,830
Thanked: 165 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (5)
Default

Any updates on delivery of KTM 390.
aks_karthik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th August 2013, 17:33   #510
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: electricity
Posts: 2,291
Thanked: 1,362 Times
Default re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

aks_karthik

Pushed to 3rd week of september now.
VW2010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
KTM Duke 390 - Accessories Thread sridhu Motorbikes 106 18th May 2016 17:15
Duke of Ram - My Orange Flame, KTM Duke 390. EDIT : Sold! hillram Motorbikes 65 13th May 2016 07:21
India made KTM Duke 390 & RC 390 to be sold in the USA Tushar Motorbikes 1 7th January 2015 13:59
My Flamberge (KTM Duke 390) Ownership report - A middle aged man's perspective sridhu Motorbikes 165 1st April 2014 07:46
KTM Duke 390 - 375cc, 45 PS, 150 kg djay99 Motorbikes 620 25th June 2013 12:45


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 04:05.

Copyright 2000 - 2016, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks