KTM 390 Duke Gets a Facelift for 2017

11/08/2016 @ 6:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS


The KTM 390 Duke has sold like hotcakes since its 2013 debut, and now the pint-sized street bike is getting a facelift for the 2017 model year.

As has been the case with many of KTM’s new model releases, the 2017 KTM 390 Duke will get a similar kendo-styled LED headlight design, which we have already seen debut on the updated KTM 1290 Super Duke R and the recently released KTM 1290 Adventure R.

Bodywork changes come to the 2017 KTM 390 Duke as well, which give the entry-level machine a very edgy look and feel. Other changes include an improved ride-by-wire throttle, a full-color TFT dash, and a rear subframe that now bolts directly onto the steel trellis chassis.

The new subframe also means that the seat design has been changed, and KTM has seen fit to adopt a larger 3.5-gallong fuel tank for the 390 Duke. There are new 43mm WP suspension forks to soak up the bumps, and also a 320mm front disc for better stopping power.

Overall, the changes address many of the complaints levied at the original KTM 390 Duke design, which really should be taken as a compliment since the original model was pretty good out of the box.

The new bike is quite the looker as well, so it looks like KTM has another hit on its hands.













Source: KTM

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  • racerX

    Holy crap that does look good

  • Christopher Horrell

    Any word on when it will hit US dealers?

  • paulus

    She is quite a looker. Good to see the subframe now being exchangeable in the event of damage… the RC needs the same, especially as it gets raced quite a bit.

  • BBQdog

    Whopping 9 kg extra weight for this Euro4 model. Hope on this version the 43mm WP suspension forks do really soak up the bumps, the suspension on the previous versions wasn’t that good (I owned two).

  • Andy Goodjonsen
  • Andre Capitao Melo


  • Gary

    I think every wannabee racer should try one of these on a tight back road and possibly reevaluate their need for a 180hp superbike. No hate against the superbikes but I’ve found a small package like this can be waaaaaay more fun on a public road. Lot’s to be said for lightness, precision, and the sense of doing 100mph when you’re only going 45.

  • Alclab

    Loving it! Glad I waited to see the update (though partially for finnancial reasons). I really can’t decide which is going to be my next daily commuter… This KTM Duke 390 or the Husky Svitpilen 401.

    Guess that since it’s basically the same bike, probably is coming down to looks.

  • Eddie Smith

    KTM is going to eat the world

  • I’d like to think early 2017, but with KTM USA sometimes, it’s anyone’s guess.

  • Christopher Horrell

    Ain’t that the truth.

  • Also, cause the Husqvarna 401 twins won’t get manufactured till late 2017 as MY18 models.

  • +1 Andre

  • Alclab

    Hmmm didn’t know that. It certainly helps with the decision.