New KTM 250 Duke & 390 Duke launched

KTM Malaysia introduces new generation 250 Duke and 390 Duke naked bikes


The new generation KTM250 Duke and 390 Duke naked bikes have finally landed here in Malaysia. Unlike its predecessor that came in 200, 250 and 390 forms, KTM has streamlined things by launching just two variants. This should favour both fans and the local licensing laws greatly. Here’s a quick overview of both.

2017 KTM 390 Duke

New from the ground up, the 390 Duke boasts an all-new steel trellis chassis frame with a new bolted-on rear sub-frame. It also gets a larger new 14.3-litre fuel tank and its seat height raised to 830mm, but it remains as light as ever by tipping the scales dry at 147kg.

At the heart of things is a new and Euro 4-compliant liquid-cooled DOHC 343.2cc single-cylinder mill primed with four valves and electronic fuel injection. It thumps out 44hp and 37Nm to power the rear wheel through a six-speed manual transmission equipped with a PASC slipper clutch.

KTM 390 4

Notable chassis hardware include inverted front forks and a pre-load adjustable rear monoshock from WP Suspension, 320mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes grabbed by quad-piston and single-piston callipers respectively. There’s also a Bosch two-channel ABS suite primed as standard, and can be disengaged in ‘Supermoto’ mode.

A welcoming sight here is an interactive new 5-inch TFT digital instrument display screen that boasts Bluetooth smartphone connectivity. That pairs well with the full-LED headlights that’s primed exclusively in the 390 Duke, as well as its sharp new exterior design that mirrors larger and manic 1290 Super Duke R closely.

Locally assembled in Jitra, Kedah, the new 2017 KTM 390 Duke retails with a sticker price of RM28,800 (basic with GST) sans insurance and registration costs.

2017 KTM 250 Duke

For the discerning B2 license holder who’s limited to riding bikes with a maximum capacity of 250cc, the new KTM 250 Duke looks enticing indeed despite losing a few features from its flagship 390 Duke sibling.

This variant is powered by an improved version of the last 250 Duke’s liquid-cooled DOHC 248.8cc single-cylinder heart, boasting a revised exhaust system amongst others to thump out 30hp and 24Nm instead.

Downsized powerplant aside, the new 250 Duke also makes do without the 390 Duke’s snazzy full-LED headlamp and interactive TFT instrument display. Instead, it makes do with an LED position lights plus halogen headlamp setup and a LCD instrument display screen.

KTM 250 1

Those aside, little else differs this quarter-litre offering from its larger sibling. And if the featured video above says anything, you could still have fun hooning about with this mere entry-level variant of KTM’s small-sized naked fighters.

Also assembled locally in Jitra, Kedah, the new 2017 KTM 250 Duke is priced from RM21,730 (basic with GST) excluding road tax and insurance costs.

- Thoriq Azmi

Author: TopGear
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