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Old 11th October 2023, 23:58   #6841
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Re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

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Got a call late morning to inform me that the throttle body needed to be dismantled and the injectors cleaned because they too were clogged by the bad fuel. Not making the tic tic tell-tale sound. Sheri was suggesting that I fill Shell only or use an additive in the fuel as a matter of course, pre-emptively. Apparently to be repeated for the first few cycles, and then once every 6 months?
As fuel gets old eventually it will turn thicker and turn down to varnish and gum deposits, being hygroscopic, they love water in the atmosphere which will in turn rust a metal fuel tank and also rust everything metal it's being stored. Hence the horrible condition of the fuel pump. Additives aren't really necessary if tank is frequently filled up from a reputed station, those additives are more than sufficient. If you're unsure about your fuel source, perhaps as a pre-emptive measure you can additives like LiquiMoly etc.


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The cleaned, scaled, de-rusted and freed up motor re-hauled and freshly soldered fuel pump with new fuel strainer pad and inline fuel filter seems to be throwing good pressure. Fingers crossed. If it does not perform well, either choking beyond a certain rpm, or racing, or flat spots, or jerking, or shutting off, etc. any such symptoms, I will go in for a fresh new pump then. For now he is happy, and as the grand old man of Poona racing and performance superbikes for decades, who I have known for over 30 years (from my college RD days), I trust him pretty much blindly.
Cheers, Doc
Well, only time will tell. If it works, then it works, let's see if it holds up for the long term. I hope they've used a new fuel motor pump instead of the old one.


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The rotor is knackered too. Don't know or understand how I missed it, but the outside pad is completely gone, and the scoring is from metal to metal contact.
Cheers, Doc
Trimming your post and getting to the essence of it, would recommend get your throttle body cleaned in the process even if it warrants or not. Bad fuel can and will leave residue inside the throttle body. Cleaning the throttle body along with the fuel injectors will only mean the performance is to the dot. Rest, you've pretty much done the needful. Also make sure your steering coneset isn't rusted, again, would recommend a inspect/lubing of the steering bearing and get them greased, 6 years of idle could have caused some rust accumulation, better get them checked all in one go. Hope the little monster roars to life soon.

Good luck doc, keep up posted.

Cheers!
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Old 12th October 2023, 20:03   #6842
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Old 390's have become the RX100s of yore, primarily because of its rawness and abrupt power delivery and overall the fun factor taken in prime. RX100s were sold for 60k back then brand new, today, 30 years later they are being sold for 85k to 1.2 lacs. In some cases neatly restored ones fetching 1.5 lacs, such

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Here im in the mindset that the 1st gen 390's resale is gone below 60k with the new 390, time to make mine close to mint and keep it as original as possible.

Glad to see that there is still some value for the 1st gen

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Old 13th October 2023, 01:14   #6843
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She's finally BACK!!!

Had a crazy crazy first ride on her, after cracking a huge smile when I put on the ignition. Saw the familiar orange display light up and the hmmmm of the priming bootup. Thumbed the starter and she burst into life with her raspy idle. And then I rode her like a mad dog. Woah.

Took her to the Agyari and the Dastur ji prayed over her and blessed her. Took her home and had the customary aachu meechu done by my wife and elder daughter. Met up with my cycling buddies at Yazdaan Cafe for chai and cheese toast. Went over to my buddy's house to pick up some bibs and jerseys (thank you Kerman!). And came back home just as my son rode in on his Gixxer SF250 and we compared notes! Peppy my 3 year old pupper went mad, running wildly up n down the compound at the sight and sound of this new beast (he's born 3 years after the KTM went under the covers into her deep sleep, so he's never ever seen the bike, or dada riding a bike ).

Filled her up. Got to actually know the price of petrol after 6+ years of only filling diesel. Lol Checked the pressure in both the tyres, and got them 2 psi down on both, to my customary 25/29 psi front/rear. Got the chain slack adjusted with me sitting on the bike. Polished both my Faravahr medallions with pitambari powder. Got the battery warranty card filled in and stamped. Took the old rotor home as a wall hanging. The bar risers and front fender extender brackets neatly packed away for when/if I need them next. Paid Sheri his very reasonable bill (thank you Sheri to you and your team for getting my baby back to life, roaring!) and thanked him, and got her back home.

Thanks for all your inputs guys. Especially you Vijay. Really appreciate it.

Cheers, Doc

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Old 14th October 2023, 19:48   #6844
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She's finally BACK!!!

Had a crazy crazy first ride on her, after cracking a huge smile when I put on the ignition...........hen I rode her like a mad dog. Woah. ...... Peppy my 3 year old pupper went mad, running wildly up n down the compound at the sight and sound of this new beast (he's born 3 years after the KTM went under the covers into her deep sleep, so he's never ever seen the bike, or dada riding a bike )

Thanks for all your inputs guys. Especially you Vijay. Really appreciate it.

Cheers, Doc
She looks peach and ready to roar. So chuffed to hear your pupper went crazy, to this I can literally envisage the scene in my mind. All in, it seems she's got her lost wings back and hope she flies high and in turn makes you younger.

Ad Astra per Aspera.. To your Duke 390

Congratulations Doc. Enjoy her to the fullest.

Cheers!
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Old 14th October 2023, 21:19   #6845
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She looks peach and ready to roar. So chuffed to hear your pupper went crazy, to this I can literally envisage the scene in my mind. All in, it seems she's got her lost wings back and hope she flies high and in turn makes you younger.

Ad Astra per Aspera.. To your Duke 390

Congratulations Doc. Enjoy her to the fullest.

Cheers!
VJ
Thanks bro.

It begins!!!

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Hope its not off topic here ... nothing new gear-wise. Just started cleaning out my riding rig as a seamless part of the resurrection process. The orange one is my son's and the LS2 my younger daughter's. The classic AGV is of course my loyal companion.

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Re: The KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience Thread

Hi, I had gone to Sheri's garage some days back and had also seen your bike being worked on. It looks great now, I wish you many more happy miles
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Hi, I had gone to Sheri's garage some days back and had also seen your bike being worked on. It looks great now, I wish you many more happy miles
Wow Vaastav! Thanks a ton buddy. My baby is a celebrity now. Lol

Got down to cleaning my jackets and pants today. To my horror, while cleaning my favourite mesh daily rider/tourer DSG jacket (did North Sikkim with it) I found black pieces falling on the floor from the inner lining. Finally dawned on me that its the inner armour that has totally disintegrated into foam rubble.

Need to get a new set of at least shoulder and forearm pads. Ideally a back pad too. Nothing fancy, as it will remain my lightweight go to jacket and the textile cordura RST my hardcore riding one. Any suggestions, links would be greatly appreciated guys!

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Gear tryout. Ride to my old night ride chai place outside Rub Hall Clinic. There's just a different feel when you pull on your boots and pants. Versus the customary helmet, gloves and sometimes jacket.

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Doc, first off I'd recommend a good perforated leather summer glove the least. Those Monster gloves simply don't do justice, they're basically cycling gloves with hard knuckle plastic. Secondly, DSG has come a long way. I'd recommend (considering your jacket is holding up well) get in touch with DSG guys and they shall give you insights on the right sized armor, better if you can opt for Level 2 certified armors all around, as they have higher force-absorption spread.

Recommend the following brands. These have their respective websites.

1. Rynox
2.Viaterra
3. DSG
4. Raida
5. BikerBrotherhood
6. Shima
7. Solace Gears
8. Royal Enfield Gear (RE Website, personally would strongly recommend this) Exceptional quality gloves, I use a pair.
9. TBG Team Breed Gears

Etc etc, honestly there's even some more brand names which my memory is unable to fetch, but these should serve as a great starting point to start your budgeted search. And then there's also the standard top of the line brands which is just a Google bar away.

Good luck doc.

Cheers!
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Doc, first off I'd recommend a good perforated leather summer glove the least. Those Monster gloves simply don't do justice, they're basically cycling gloves with hard knuckle plastic. Secondly, DSG has come a long way. I'd recommend (considering your jacket is holding up well) get in touch with DSG guys and they shall give you insights on the right sized armor, better if you can opt for Level 2 certified armors all around, as they have higher force-absorption spread.

Cheers!
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Thanks Vijay. Even when touring I take these along in my top bag for easy access. When its really hot or raining, the full leather gauntlets come off and go into the bag, and these slip on. I love them coz they are light, not hot, give you a hard plastic slider on the palm, and hard plastic armour for the knuckle and fingers. Plus even when drenched they do not get soggy, and dry out while riding very quickly. All great features to gave in a second spare glove or one for short rides. Leather is therefore not my material of choice for this second glove. Would be happy to pick up a better built fabric one though. I have a very nice waterproof Dainese set. But the inner lining keeps coming out when you take them off,aking getting back into them while straightening out the fingers a real chore.
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Cut the inner fleece glove liner out of both now. That was keeping on getting dislodged. Now I can either wear it as a seperate inner, or not. There was a in between layer of scrunched up large white colored material, that I'm guessing is the waterproof layer, too, which is now going bye-bye.

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Hello to all the wonderful people here on TeamBHP!
This is my first post and has been a long time coming.

Quick preface - I used to own a 2012 200NS, my first bike, which I sold in 2015 when I moved abroad. I've returned to India and recently purchased a TVS iQube for my office commute and neighborhood trips. Frankly, it's very nice to drive and I often hit 70 kmph without much effort, so it is kinda fun especially because it is so smooth. But, I want to own a bike again. Something exciting.

Seeking knowledge - I'm considering an used KTM Duke 390, first gen. Preferably 2016 or at least 2015. And I have found one example that looks promising. It's a 2015, with less than 8000 kms on the odo (and literally no other details provided apart from a few pathetic, low res shots of the bike and one of the instrument cluster. I've found that this is the norm and good pictures are an outlier). Now to the seeking knowledge part - seller wants 1.8L for this. Maybe he isn't aware of how depreciation works as he wants the ex-showroom price for a 8 yr old bike. What is a fair price for a 2015 Duke 390, with say less than 10k kms? Assuming it is all stock, definitely needs work done due to low usage but otherwise in perfectly acceptable (for the age) condition.

Buying advice - I recently drove a friend's 2015 Triumph Street Triple and I hadn't felt such joy in a long, long, long time. I experienced the meaning of a few english words like mirth and exhilarating while my eyes teared up from the euphoria. I wanted to buy one the next morning but my wife reminded me that we are back in India (which has become so much more expensive) and that it was way out of budget at this time. My "revised" max budget is 1.5L. I'm aware of additional costs immediately after buying an used motorcycle. Are there any real options other than a D390 first gen for this price? Need it purely for my driving pleasure and the occasional office commute. Planning to buy a new car soon and hence the tight budget for personal entertainment.

Many thanks in advance and I'm glad I finally found the time to post on this forum.

Anirudh
I bought the 2nd-gen 2017 390 Duke that had 10k km on the Odo for Rs 1.6 lakh, back in 2020. I still see 2nd-gen model listings with comparable mileage for <Rs 2 lakh.

So, I'm not sure how the 1st-gen Dukes are fetching that kind of price. The price creep of the newer Dukes might have a role in that though, as could the 'cult' that has grown around them, as VJ says.

Shop around some more and see if you can land a 2015-2016 vintage 390 Duke for around Rs 1.5 lakh, a well-maintained one.

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Congrats doc, on getting your Duke back to life and sharing the journey with us. I couldn't help smiling as I read your update posts on this thread. She sure as hell doesn't betray any signs of being benched for 6 years!!

And @VijayAnand1, your prosaic and in-depth posts are as enjoyable and educational as ever!
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Congrats doc, on getting your Duke back to life and sharing the journey with us. I couldn't help smiling as I read your update posts on this thread. She sure as hell doesn't betray any signs of being benched for 6 years!!

And @VijayAnand1, your prosaic and in-depth posts are as enjoyable and educational as ever!
Thanks buddy! I'm currently like a 50+ kid who's gotten his favourite toy back. And is going around the neighborhood, meeting old friends, showing it off to them.

Of the near 6,500+ posts on this thread, seems I'm still in the lead by some margin. Followed by my Bullet 500 to KTM buddy Vivek @VW2010

Not bad, considering I've been near solely in the Cycling section these past 6 years too.

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Thanks buddy! I'm currently like a 50+ kid who's gotten his favourite toy back. And is going around the neighborhood, meeting old friends, showing it off to them.

Of the near 6,500+ posts on this thread, seems I'm still in the lead by some margin. Followed by my Bullet 500 to KTM buddy Vivek @VW2010

Not bad, considering I've been near solely in the Cycling section these past 6 years too.

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Cheers, Doc

Nitninja, VW2010, Prasanadhana and few others were the reason for me selling my Duke 200 and I bought a used '17 390 from CGB in 2018. Odo is at 52700 kms now. Best decision ever. Although, I do miss Nitninja's 2016 Duke 390.

VW2010 has moved to Adv390 now.

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VW2010 has moved to Adv390 now.
Currently he is totally 500% obsessed with his first love, his Std 500 Bullet.

Every evening we are on WhatsApp like two oldies singing paeans to the good old days. And when we find we are typing too much (very soon) we start firing voice messages back an forth.

It's great being back. Though age and time off the bike are an actual thing, as I'm discovering on the roads now, as I ride more than the 2 km rip on my backyard rip zone on one of @rb2399's new puppies, which he for some reason is good enough to bring home to my place for me to swing a rusty leg over and test out.

390 speeds and the raw pickup, traffic and the lines a bike takes through it, approach speeds, night riding and head-on lights and visor glare, road edges and concrete joints, potholes, broken / uneven tarmac, unmarked speed humps, these are all things being newly re-introduced to me these past few days.

I've forgotten how slow and confused and doddery and generally unaware most two wheelers are. How clueless of where they are on the road. Or what's around or coming up fast behind or besides them. I've forgotten aunties and their outstretched-legs penguin dance on scooties. Coz all of this makes no to little sense when you are driving along sedately at 30 kph in a 2+ tonne SUV. Which is what I have been doing for the past 6 years.

Cheers, Doc

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