2024 KTM 390 Duke: A Third Generation Leap in Performance and Styling

The all-new 2024 KTM 390 Duke is here, promising to deliver the best of its predecessors and more. Inspired by the larger 1290 Super Duke, the third generation 390 Duke features a bolder design and improved performance. With a redesigned fuel tank and a new headlamp cluster with LED DRLs, this motorcycle exudes an aggressive look that mimics the larger Duke range. The addition of a new side panel and an aluminum subframe further enhances its aesthetic appeal.

The new 390 Duke also brings weight savings to the table. The engine is now lighter by 1 kg, while the wheels have shed 1.7 kg with fewer spokes and a hollow axle design. Coupled with the absence of a tire hugger, the motorcycle is now 3.6 kg lighter than its predecessor, resulting in a better power-to-weight ratio.

One of the standout features of the third-gen 390 Duke is its new 5-inch TFT screen. The digital console offers a simpler layout and is easier to read. It provides access to critical information and allows riders to adjust between ride modes, turn on/off traction control and ABS, and even connect to mobile devices via Bluetooth for turn-by-turn navigation.

In terms of ergonomics, the new 390 Duke offers improved rider comfort. With a shorter wheelbase and a redesigned seat, riders feel more connected to the bike, sitting “in” rather than “on” it. The seating position, rear-set footpegs, and wide handlebar ensure comfort and control, while the medium-hard cushioning provides enough support for longer rides.

The most significant upgrade in performance comes from the new engine. With a displacement increase to 399 cc, the 390 Duke now delivers higher power and torque figures that kick in earlier in the rev band. The refined and more tractable motor provides a thrilling riding experience with ample performance right from the start.

Overall, the 2024 KTM 390 Duke proves to be an exciting evolution of its predecessors. With its Super Duke-inspired design, weight savings, improved ergonomics, and powerful engine, this motorcycle is set to win the hearts of riders seeking a thrilling and visually appealing ride.

Sources: KTM