The KTM 390 Duke first emerged in 2012 and the second-generation mannequin broke cowl in 2016. Now, spy pictures have emerged of what’s virtually definitely the third-generation 390 Duke on check, and holding with the earlier timeline, you may anticipate to see this mannequin on the 2020 EICMA motorbike present in Milan.
A world web site, Trip Aside, has received its palms on a number of photographs that present an early stage 390 Duke prototype out on check. At first look, the bike seems to be fairly related, because it’s sporting what seems to be the identical LED headlamp and TFT instrument console from the present 390 Duke, in addition to the identical mirrors and switchgear. However this stuff are largely aesthetic in nature and they are often modified later. What’s totally different, and clearly on show, although, is the truth that the check bike is working a very totally different chassis.
A look on the check bike picture, after which a present 390 Duke, exhibits that the check bike is working a brand-new trellis body, with extra intently and evenly spaced tubes. It isn’t utterly clear, however the body could possibly be a little bit bigger as properly. It’s additionally laborious to inform whether or not the rear subframe is totally different, although, due to the black plastic cladding alongside the aspect.
Nonetheless, what’s simple to identify is the brand new aluminium swing arm. It isn’t simply the naked aluminium end that’s modified, however the bracing inside is totally different as properly; additionally, the swing arm does look barely extra substantial on the level the place it widens close to the tyre’s edge. As for the tyres, they’re nonetheless the nice previous Metzeler M5 Sportecs and we now have no points with that.
The remainder of the bike is clearly in a really early prototyping stage, so it might be laborious to make correct predictions of what to anticipate. What we are able to inform is that the gasoline tank seems to be a little bit bigger and wider and this might filter right down to the manufacturing bike.
What little is seen of the rear shock signifies that it’s nonetheless white, identical to the present one, however there’s something happening with the entrance WP-branded suspension. The fork seems fairly related, however there’s some adjustability seen on the high. Whether or not that is only for simple tuning for the engineers to get the setup proper, or whether or not we is perhaps seeing some degree of adjustability (the upcoming 390 Journey seems to have some form of adjusters, in all probability pre-load, on its fork caps), stays unclear.
So, what in regards to the drivetrain? Effectively, what we are able to see of the decrease engine block and casing seems to be the identical, however the Trip Aside article mentions that there can be modifications to the top and the exhaust system as properly. The exhaust modifications are comprehensible, given the calls for of stricter emission/sound norms sooner or later, however the potential engine tweaks don’t come as a shock both.
Ever because it was showcased in 2012, the KTM 390 Duke has primarily been offered in the same spec, with solely the addition of ride-by-wire and a special air field that liberated 2Nm of torque within the second-generation mannequin. When the bike debuted, its 43.5hp and light-weight weight made it the undisputed sub-400cc efficiency chief, however rivals like the near-50hp Kawasaki Ninja 400 have taken the sport ahead.
KTM would possibly discover additional motivation to problem the Kawasaki, due to new sub-400cc racing championships which have develop into well-liked as rookie championships lately. Probably the most well-known of those is the World Supersport 300 championship that was gained by Ana Carrasco final yr on, you guessed it, a Kawasaki Ninja 400.
KTM has all the time been a little bit of trendsetter with its small bikes, and it gained’t be shocking to see them transfer the sport ahead with the likes of some suspension adjustability and possibly even the inclusion of higher-spec digital assists like traction management. In actual fact, KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer, was as soon as quoted as saying all KTM’s, even the 125cc fashions, will finally get cornering ABS, and we’re comfortably assured in wagering that the characteristic may debut on this mannequin.
So, when can we anticipate to see this bike? Effectively, an updated RC 390 was also spied testing recently and that bike is in a lot stronger want of an replace. That’s as a result of it by no means received the identical ‘2nd gen’ visible improve that the Duke did; though, the platforms beneath are fairly the identical. We imagine that the RC spied earlier may very well debut sooner, however the third-gen KTM 390 Duke you see right here continues to be a while away, and it in all probability gained’t be till 2021 that you may truly purchase one. However, we now know that there’s doubtlessly an even bigger, quicker and extra superior 390 Duke on the horizon, and that’s very completely satisfied information certainly.