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Old 2nd August 2017, 19:34   #46
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My console is showing fuel efficiency of 16.5 kmpl.
This is odd. I'd recommend getting it looked at by KTM.

I own a 2016 Duke 390 (the previous one) which at least on paper has a similar enough engine. I'm not an aggressive rider, but even while having some fun in the twisties on Sunday mornings and really opening up the throttle, I've never gotten a mileage of below 22 kmpl.

The highest mileage I've gotten so far was 40 kmpl, riding all day on a highway with my club (all Enfields except my KTM) so I was basically doing 75 to 85 kmph for hours on end.

My daily commute includes some traffic and then a highway, and my mileage has averaged 25 to 30 kmpl over the last two years if that's any indication.

Hope this helps. Recommend you get KTM to look at your engine / ECU etc.
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My console is showing fuel efficiency of 16.5 kmpl. Bike has done about 450kms so far. And am not even ripping it (well, occasionally). Is this like the benchmark FE in city riding? Would it improve after first service?
Mine shows ~25kmpl in peak Bangalore traffic. And that is similar to what tankful calculation shows too.
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Also, if I twist the throttle, leave the throttle and press the clutch in, the throttle remains there and the engine revs to over 5000rpm, comes back to normal after I twist the throttle to fully closed again. Shouldn't the throttle come to it's original position automatically?
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Hello guys,

I would like some feedback from folks who have toured closer to 1k kms in a day on the new 2017 model 390.

1. How comfortable is the seat over long hauls?

2. How comfortable is the suspension over broken roads?
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Also, if I twist the throttle, leave the throttle and press the clutch in, the throttle remains there and the engine revs to over 5000rpm, comes back to normal after I twist the throttle to fully closed again. Shouldn't the throttle come to it's original position automatically?
Yes it should.

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Hello guys,

I would like some feedback from folks who have toured closer to 1k kms in a day on the new 2017 model 390.

1. How comfortable is the seat over long hauls?

2. How comfortable is the suspension over broken roads?
1. It is a noticeable improvement over the over the older one. Have not done that long a tour on the newer model though. More than the seat, the pushed back foot pegs may cause cramps etc on a longish ride of over 500kms in a day.

2. Better than the older one, and at par with other sporty rides like R15 etc. Not comparable with bikes like Himalayan or even Pulsar 220.
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How do you figure out if the software update has been done or not? Lets say while buying a new bike, during PDI one needs to check the software version, where in menu one can find?
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How do you figure out if the software update has been done or not?
When I last checked with KTM Marathahalli (Bangalore), I was told that the new bikes come pre-loaded with ECU version 5V39 - I don't think there has been any other incremental update over this.
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Lets say while buying a new bike, during PDI one needs to check the software version, where in menu one can find
Using the left switch cluster, SET -> Preferences -> Service -> Version. You would need to use the arrow button's for scrolling & loop for going back.
Assuming your interest for such specifics, I look forward to another ownership thread

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1. It is a noticeable improvement over the over the older one. Have not done that long a tour on the newer model though. More than the seat, the pushed back foot pegs may cause cramps etc on a longish ride of over 500kms in a day.

2. Better than the older one, and at par with other sporty rides like R15 etc. Not comparable with bikes like Himalayan or even Pulsar 220.
Thanks. Have you looked around for peg relocators? Urban nomad had them done on his previous gen duke 390 and is quite happy.
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1. How comfortable is the seat over long hauls?

2. How comfortable is the suspension over broken roads?
To make it more tourer friendly, I am searching for options to put a rear backrest with carrier. Guess, Sahyadri motors based out of Thane might fabricate some options.

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Assuming your interest for such specifics, I look forward to another ownership thread
Soon . Might pace up things post August. As there is no other replacement for my Bullet, I might finalize the 390!
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Soon . Might pace up things post August. As there is no other replacement for my Bullet, I might finalize the 390!
Try the Dominar - its a better option to Duke 390 for touring purpose. No doubt Duke 390 is good, but its not for touring. Check that out too.
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My console is showing fuel efficiency of 16.5 kmpl. Bike has done about 450kms so far. And am not even ripping it (well, occasionally). Is this like the benchmark FE in city riding? Would it improve after first service?
I've been consistently getting ~ 29 kmpl in city and ~ 34 kmpl on highways.Please do get it checked at the KTM ASC.
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Try the Dominar - its a better option to Duke 390 for touring purpose. No doubt Duke 390 is good, but its not for touring. Check that out too.
That's a subjective statement if you haven't owned and used the 390 for touring, I have I'm 6'1 and I've been way more comfortable on it than on my Bullet Mach 500. Yes it's not very comfy over bad surfaces ( note really bad where you have to slow down) the bike is an absolute joy on the highway and instills massive confidence compared to the competition.
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Hello guys,

I would like some feedback from folks who have toured closer to 1k kms in a day on the new 2017 model 390.

1. How comfortable is the seat over long hauls?

2. How comfortable is the suspension over broken roads?

Basically, you can tour on a Duke 390 if you're traveling light (no more than a backpack) and with no pillion. I've done it (Delhi to Jim Corbett on a Duke 200 and later Delhi to Jalandar on a Duke 390). And I'm quite a short guy to boot. Both Dukes were completely stock, no special seat or anything like that.

It's not as comfortable or convenient as, say, an Enfield or an RE Thunderbird, but it's perfectly do-able if you're traveling light. I was admittedly a tad sore after a day on the Duke, compared to when I did it on a Thunderbird years ago. Of course the Thunderbird is designed for cruising comfort while the Duke is a sport bike, but I was pleasantly surprised that you can, in fact, tour on a Duke if you really want to.

Next week I plan to do a day or two-day trip carrying my wife as pillion to see how feasable it is to tour on a Duke with a pillion. Will report back then.
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So gave my bike for the first service today. The throttle issue that I had pointed out, the SA said there were couple more bikes having the same issue (Throttle getting stuck when twisted slowly; if you twist it quick, it doesn't get stuck). So I guess that'll be a faulty spring or something.

ECU update will be done as part of this service (which should hopefully resolve the low FE and remove RPM restrictions).
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Try the Dominar - its a better option to Duke 390 for touring purpose. No doubt Duke 390 is good, but its not for touring. Check that out too.
I agree on the Dominar part, but on a personal level, I did not like the dominar. Just felt that it looks like an average bike. Again no offence to Dominar owners as this is strictly my personal opinion.

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It's not as comfortable or convenient as, say, an Enfield or an RE Thunderbird, but it's perfectly do-able if you're traveling light.

Next week I plan to do a day or two-day trip carrying my wife as pillion to see how feasable it is to tour on a Duke with a pillion. Will report back then.
I do own a bullet, but the lack of safety features even as basic as ABS and tubeless tyres are my main concerns. Till now solo riding with bullet buddies was alright.

Please update on your trip. Eagerly waiting for it .
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