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Old 14th November 2023, 22:30   #46
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Re: My KTM 390 Duke (Citrus) | Ownership Review

I wish, you have not removed 250 stickers, it would be fun to see other 390 not able to beat the 250 looking duke

Reminds me of 7 11s

Cool looks, I debadged by white Duke 390 2014 long time back.
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Great review saikishor! One question as a new owner - how much is the fuel efficiency you are getting in the city? I got around 20 kmpl on my 2017 Duke 390.
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Old 19th February 2024, 15:16   #48
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Great review saikishor! One question as a new owner - how much is the fuel efficiency you are getting in the city? I got around 20 kmpl on my 2017 Duke 390.
I get around 26-28kpl within the city. It really depends on how you ride. I dont remember fuel efficiency dropping below the above number, but maybe at one instance I saw 22kpl.
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Odometer: 23099km

5th March is a special day in my life. Citrus came home on this exact date 2 years ago, and I must say it has been a wonderful experience. Usage has fallen drastically since November 2023, as I started to use a car for my daily commute in place of Citrus. Monthly average used to be 1000-1100 km, but now it has fallen to 200km. I feel it would even fall to zero kilometers in the coming months. Somehow the so called biking bug is off me now, as I started to fall in love with my 14 year old car. If this bike had good resale value, I would've sold it off and used that money on pimping my car but since that is not the case, Citrus will remain a keeper for a very long time unless some unforeseen situation occurs.

With all of that being said, I must admit this bike always manages to put a nice wide smile on my face. The electric acceleration still manages to scare me, despite being used to it for 23000 kilometers. The bike has always been reliable, never left me stranded and pretty easy to maintain as well. The roominess of this bike is something that even the current gen Duke can't come close to. BS6 made this bike the smoothest ever in its existence.

I really appreciate this bike's existence. There have been many instances in which Citrus cooled off my frustrated mind, was there when no one else was and what not. I am failing to elaborate, I just don't want to make a chapri post on this special day. My soul is at a very high peace level when compared to other broken ones out there but even for such a soul, low days do happen out of the blue. Citrus was there in all of those low days to pull me out of it. Thank you so much Citrus for being there, I just can't thank you enough.

Please excuse my not so well framed post, sometimes the heart fails to express such emotions.

2 years out of many more to come!
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Old 15th April 2024, 12:07   #50
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5th March is a special day in my life. Citrus came home on this exact date 2 years ago, and I must say it has been a wonderful experience. Usage has fallen drastically since November 2023, as I started to use a car for my daily commute in place of Citrus. Somehow the so called biking bug is off me now, as I started to fall in love with my 14 year old car.

Please excuse my not so well framed post, sometimes the heart fails to express such emotions.
Really nicely written! After primarily riding bikes for the past 15 years with very low usage of the car, things have turned around for me too. I recently purchased a VW Virtus and the biking bug seems to have transformed to a driving bug it's also more comfortable and safer when travelling with the wife.

I try and take my 390 Adv out atleast once a week, although I'm sure the bike is sad as it used to be ridden every single day. Majority of my weekly commutes are taken care of by my Pulsar N250 and the car. But the KTM's are keepers and will be easier on the maintenance with less kms being clocked

I resonate with what you said about being a calm and peaceful soul most of the time, but when emotional turmoil hits NOTHING can beat wringing the throttle on the KTM on an open piece of road. Keep it alive by using it atleast once a week, it will store much better. Cheers!
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Odometer: 23099km

2 years out of many more to come!
An amazing thread and an even amazing ownership.

Just wanted to check about the starting issue. is it gone after battery replacement or is multiple cranks needed even now?
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An amazing thread and an even amazing ownership.

Just wanted to check about the starting issue. is it gone after battery replacement or is multiple cranks needed even now?
Thanks for the kind words.

Regarding starting, now it starts in a single crank given you slightly rev immediately after you start i.e., approx 3000-4000rpm. Do this for 5 seconds and the bike is fine.
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Thanks for the kind words.

Regarding starting, now it starts in a single crank given you slightly rev immediately after you start i.e., approx 3000-4000rpm. Do this for 5 seconds and the bike is fine.
It's exactly what I'm experiencing too for the last few months. My motorcycle too started giving troubles like it would take 3-5 cranks to start. Issue started from somewhere around 15k km on the odo.

After visiting the svc, I doubt if my battery was replaced but all the connectors and places were cleaned and since then, my motorcycle too starts in a single crank, but struggles to keep running for 3-5 seconds if I don't blip the throttle 3/5 times. After that initial 3-5s struggle, the engine warms up and runs perfectly fine till end of day

Looks like many KTMs manufactured in '21-'22 are facing this issue (based on my ownership thread, opinion from friends)
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Re: My KTM 390 Duke (Citrus) | Ownership Review

Odometer: 24726km

My bike's right fork oil seal went bust. A year ago the left one went bust, so I decided to get both of the oil seals replaced. I took it to a different FNG this time. This guy has a pick up and drop service. Damage done to the wallet was 1800 bucks. But there is a catch. I asked this guy to send photos during the work as I couldn't wait at his place. Infact I had offered to wait but the guy dropped me off at home saying his technicians didn't arrive yet and it would take time to start the work. I dropped the bike off at 7:30 PM and the mechanic brought it back home at 10:30 PM. The photos he sent to me only showed WIP of the right fork, and he didn't send left fork WIP photos. I inspected the left one and to be honest, it looked just like how it was before but a little better. I have high doubts if the left fork oil seal was replaced or not. I might not go to this guy again. I am attaching pictures, and would appreciate if anyone could make out the difference.My KTM 390 Duke (Citrus) | Ownership Review-pxl_20240607_184024402.jpg

My KTM 390 Duke (Citrus) | Ownership Review-pxl_20240607_184035610.jpg

I did contemplate of installing fork oil seal protectors when the left one went bust last year, but decided to do so once the right one fails. Now that I got both sides replaced, I installed fork oil seal protectors from Mototrendz. Kreiga felt too expensive at q
1800 bucks, I didn't want to spend that much. These costed around 900 bucks. Installation was a little tricky and the zip ties that are provided are horrible. They just don't grip on properly. I will get new zip ties if these fall off somewhere.My KTM 390 Duke (Citrus) | Ownership Review-pxl_20240608_200237429.jpgMy KTM 390 Duke (Citrus) | Ownership Review-pxl_20240608_200248244.jpg

Apart from this, the next maintenance thing that is due are brake pads. They might last for another 1000-1500kms. Next service I am planning to take it to the showroom, as the bike has crossed 25k kms. I will get the throttle body cleaning done and if required a compression check, as my bike runs out of steam in the top end when compared to bikes of similar vintage.

I also switched back to the stock silver panels, as I had this constant fear of being pulled over by the cops.

Attaching pictures from a few short rides I did recently.
My KTM 390 Duke (Citrus) | Ownership Review-pxl_20240526_1741149362.jpg
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My KTM 390 Duke (Citrus) | Ownership Review-pxl_20240519_182308553.jpg
My KTM 390 Duke (Citrus) | Ownership Review-pxl_20240420_070527534.jpg
My KTM 390 Duke (Citrus) | Ownership Review-pxl_20240420_070500379.jpg
All has been smooth till now. Though I must say usage has come down drastically. I am waiting for the proper monsoon season to kick in to do a couple of rain rides.

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Saikishor

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