2017 KTM 390 Duke Preview

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Styling and suspension key upgrades for the baby Duke

While KTM’s updated 1290 Super Duke R and 790 Duke may be the talk of the Austrian town at EICMA 2016, the newly revised 2017 390 Duke also debuted in Milan and is shaping up to be the undisputed class king in the sub-400cc category. Right off the bat, the first notable change between new and old is the updated styling, with sharper, more angular lines providing a meaner, aggressive stance. Like the rest of the Duke line, the 390 also gets the split LED headlight with LED daytime running lights, while at the back the little Duke receives a new, bolt-on subframe colored in contrast to the main steel trellis frame for a striking appearance.

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Other than a new ride-by-wire system, the 373cc Single doesn’t see any upgrades. This isn’t a bad thing necessarily, as the 390 Duke provides plenty of punch for the class already. The engine’s supporting cast does get an upgrade, however, as WP is updating the 43mm fork, and the front brake disc grows in size a substantial 20mm to 320mm. It’s still mated to a four-piston, radial-mount Bybre (By Brembo) caliper.

The 390 Duke didn’t have any problems carving corners, but a new WP fork promises even sharper handling.

From the saddle, the rider (and passenger) will notice revised seats and adjustable levers to help accommodate riders of various sizes. From there, the rider will be greeted by a new multifunctional, full-color TFT display – something unheard of for a motorcycle in this category.

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With the optional dealer-installed KTM MY RIDE feature, you can sync to your phone via Bluetooth and control phone call and audio player information from the display. Lastly, the 390 Duke’s fuel tank has grown to 3.5 gallons (from 2.9 gallons) for longer stints between fuel stops.

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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at Motorcycle.com in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • Jon Jones Jon Jones on Nov 09, 2016

    How has reliability been with these 390's? Any recurring problems?

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    • Scoupdogg Scoupdogg on Dec 08, 2016

      guys, 390 was first launched in 2012 i believe, so right now its the MOST tested engine in their line, thats the best you can get it next year they decide to make a new engine.
      4 years of refinement is a good thing, but sure you can still wait for 2017 duke 390 reviews.

  • Craig Hoffman Craig Hoffman on Nov 09, 2016

    Non ADV plain wrapper dual sport version please. Take the savings on the unused plastic and doodads, and apply it to the brakes and suspension.