New KTM 390 Duke Spotted Testing

The recently spied 390 Duke test mule appears to be a shade larger than the previous model and comfortably accommodates the rather-well-built rider. Taller riders have complained about the Duke range being too compact and not roomy enough for some. KTM are probably trying to rectify this issue with the new model. Looking at the image, you will realize that the frame has been completely reworked upon, as it’s now a classic steel trellis paired with a matching sub-frame to accommodate bigger seats.

The engine appears to be the same but it hangs a little lower compared to the current model. Another visible detail is the exhaust which is now routed under the engine with a chunkier catalytic converter below the swing-arm, similar to the one on the 790 Duke. These tweaks help in lowering the centre of gravity and make the bike look more compact and appealing.

2019 KTM 390 Duke Action

2019 KTM 390 Duke Action

The spy pictures do not give us a clear idea of the styling changes, as this prototype seems to be still a work under progress. Another observation is the new swing-arm that seems to be crafted from aluminium, although we can’t be sure of this just yet. Other areas, such as the front of the bike, are similar to the current model but KTM may make some suspension upgrades as well.

The new prototype is an exciting sighting but it may not hit the markets anytime soon. For now, we are looking forward to the launch of the much awaited KTM 390 Adventure and the 790 Duke in India.

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