One of the hottest bikes on the market since its 2013 debut, the KTM 390 Duke is seemingly set for a model refresh, with cosmetic updates and other minor technical changes coming our way.
This photo above shows the 2017 KTM 390 Duke with its new headlight, and in it you can also see some of the styling changes to the fairings and fuel tank, along with the updated switchgear and dash design.
Designed in Austria, but built in India, it doesn’t surprise us to see this photo leak coming from the Bajaj factory near Pune, India – where production has surely already started in anticipation for the next model year.
Analyzing this photo, it is interesting to see KTM adopt a very unique split headlight setup for the 390 Duke, as it gives the small-discplacement machine a much more aggressive face, compared to the rather “safe” profile of the current model.
This could be a sign that KTM wants to position itself away from the small street bikes that are coming out of Japan, which offer great bargains to riders, but little personality. KTM always strives to be a little “different” with its street bikes.
We can expect the 2017 KTM 390 Duke to drop at either INTERMOT or EICMA shows this year, though one can only guess as to whether the US market will see the revision any time soon. Fingers crossed.