Officially official now, there isn’t much about the 2013 KTM 390 Duke that we don’t already know ahead of the opening of the EICMA show. Built in India by KTM minority shareholder Bajaj, the KTM 390 Duke is a 373cc single-cylinder bike that shares the same chassis as the KTM 125 Duke & KTM 200 Duke.
Suitable for Europe’s A2 licensing system, the largest baby Duke competes well against bikes like the Honda CBR500R and Kawasaki Ninja 300, and thus finishes out the Austrian’s bid to control the small-displacement market.
Underneath the hood, KTM’s new lump features a short stork cylinder dimension (89mm x 60mm), which is good for 43hp and 26 lbs•ft of torque. At 330 lbs at the curb ready-to-ride, the KTM 390 Duke is a fairly light machine, though it still carries about 60 lbs of extra heft when compared to the 125cc variant. Getting Bosch ABS brakes, WP suspension, and Brembo brakes, the KTM 390 Duke has some nice premium parts, which should help differentiate it in this segment.
Having now three bikes in three key small-displacement categories, and all of them are very fetching…especially with the newly included ABS braking system. Expected to come to American soil next year, we still await pricing information on the 2013 KTM 390 Duke, but expect it to be competitive. The Austrians mean business with this machine, and it shows.
Technical Specifications of the 2013 KTM Duke 390
Engine: Four-stroke liquid-cooled, 4-valve
Displacement: 373 cm
Bore x stroke: 89 x 60 mm
Compression ratio: 12.6:1
Power: Bosch injection
Lubrication: Wet sump
Frame: Steel trellis
Front Suspension: WP inverted fork Ø 43 mm, deb. 150 mm
Rear Suspension: WP monoshock, deb. 150 mm
Front Brake: disc Ø 300 mm, 4-piston radial caliper
Rear Brake: 230 mm disc, 1-piston caliper
Tires: front: 110/70 x 17, rear: 150/60 x 17
Angle: 65 °
Ground clearance: 170mm
Seat Height: 800mm
Weight: 139 kg dry, less than 150 kg at the curb
Tank: 11 liters