The 250cc-500cc class is seeing a lot of excitement lately; mainly because of the number of models now available in this product category, but also because of their great pricing. All the noteworthy models are, after all, priced between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh. But...Read more
Style aggressive, but not overwhelming, looks in sync with the ktm family.
It looks brut-ish from the front.
It looks sharp from the side.
It looks distant from the back.
Engine performance, fuel economy and gearbox great middle-high end power, lacking low-rev power, but then again, you shouldn't expect it to have grunt off the low revs. It wants you to thrash it around and keep it fired up.
Fuel economy is below average, at around 25-30 kmpl, i shouldn't say below average, because this doesn't compare with average bikes and under the subtext of 'kitna deta hai?'
the gearbox has a very tall sixth gear, you could max it out at around 175kmph. You could also stay in third gear throughout the day when you forget it goes fast.
Ride quality & handling the rear wheel plays more than it should when hitting bumpy roads while leaning during a curve.
It feels quite unbalanced at gridlock speeds, the reason being the tires are highly curved, the kind you find on proper race bikes and not on tvs apache 'racers'. Those tires (metzeler sportec) are very, very grippy, you see the difference from the duke 200's mrf tires. The metzelers do cost around rs.16000 For the set though.
Final words you would be daft, very daft to buy any competitors bike, the yamaha r3 or the kawasaki ninja 300. They both cost much more than the duke 390 and do not make anywhere near as much power neither do they have better equipment. The pulsar 400 to be released might pose a threat, but we'll see how that goes, as of now the duke 390 and the rc 390 are, deservedly, the best you can buy.
Areas of improvement more competent service, though adequate, i feel sure that any major repairs needed wouldn't be an easy process.
power, power, price
nothing in particular
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