2017 KTM 390 DUKE

2017 KTM 390 DUKE

The KTM 390 Duke has been given an update for 2017! Being one of my favourite models it’s worth a revisit and specification update. I’m genuinely surprised that the KTM 390 doesn’t feature more on the road, in my daily travels since it looks great and has one of the most powerful engines in the class. The KTM Duke 390 is still learners and LAMS compatible in Australia. The price of the 2017 KTM 390 DUKE is $6,990 in Australia.

The 2017 KTM Duke 390 now features a connected instrument panel, yes a first in the class and great feature for new riders. It is a TFT panel just like small TV. You can contact your iPhone of Android phone to the motorcycle! Won’t be long before we get a Knight Rider style KITT computer. The display tells you the basics like time, date, temperature and then extends that to   telling you the gear you are in, gear shift light, battery level, adjust the Anti-lock brake sensitivity, your distance travelled, average speed, fuel and distance remaining. Finally, it also tells you that the side stand is still down and that you have a phone call or message. That said this sort of tech is expected in any new vehicle in 2017 and beyond.

In terms of engine the KTM 390 doesn’t seem to have any more in terms of power. However the significant revision of the exhaust plumbing was required to meet tighter emissions and so there’s a huge muffler now. The muffler doesn’t detract from it’s appearance and makes it look like a bigger motorcycle.

Up to 2016 KTM DUKE 390

The design revisions for the 2017 model extend to the increase in size of the fairing and headlight design making it look even sportier and in line with the styling of the much bigger DUKE 1290 R rather than the unchanged 690 version. The 2017 DUKE 390 looks even better that’s for sure.

If want arguably the best looking and equipped small capacity motorcycle for commuting or as a first motorcycle for  learning and LAMS purposes you need to check out the KTM 390 DUKE. The initial price under $8000 is competitive with other 300cc motorcycles and differs from them buy having higher quality parts and as I may have mentioned – it looks better? It’s the next best model next to the Honda CB400 in my books.


KTM DUKE 390 Key Specifications (2017 Update)
Engine: IL1 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 373cc
Power/Torque: 32Kw @ 9500 35Nm @ 7250
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 151Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph 6 seconds Approx
Max Speed 160Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 11 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 800mm
Dimensions: Lxx x Wxx x Hxx x Wxx
Recommended Retail Price: $6990 (2017)


KTM Adventure 1150 1190 1290

KTM Adventure Series

The KTM Adventure series of motorcycles is a little known model and brand outside the motorcycle world. That said, surely after Toby Price winning the world’s longest and toughest rally the Dakar in January 2016 you’d think that more people would know more about KTM! KTM Adventure is unique in this class since there are a number of models in the range to choose from, each one with its own character and specifications. Choices adds to excitement or confusion but at least you get the bike you want.

The KTM Adventure motorcycle series comes a variety of engines and configurations as standard and then you can order parts from the official accessories catalog. The Adventure is not a interesting looking bike or stand out in any particular fashion which appeals to some but not me at this time and it’s specification and parts are quite normal as well, nonetheless there’s plenty of power! It’s a pity because other KTMs like the Duke look great!

I don’t have much more to say about the KTM Adventure for various reasons but if you much know the seat height is literally too high. Sure the set height can be adjusted but unless I wear heels it won’t be a comfortable experience and it’s recommended retail pricing is on the wrong side of $20,000.

KTM Adventure Key Specifications
Engine:   2 cylinder 4-stroke DOHC (EFI)
Capacity:  1050, 1190cc, 1290cc
Power/Torque:  1050cc 70 Kw @ 6200 RPM 107 Nm @ 5750 RPM
1190cc 110 Kw @ 9500 RPM 125 Nm @ 7500 RPM
1290cc 118 Kw @ 8750 RPM 140 NM @ 6750 RPM
Gearbox:   6 speed manual
Kerb Weight:  205-222 kg
Performance:  0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   23-30 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  850-875mm
Dimensions: Variable
Wheels: Variable
 Recommended Retail Price:  Over $20,000 AUD (2016)