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post #1 of 12 Old 08-09-2016, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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An Enduro(ish) 2016 Duke 390

First: Thanks to forum user Kevin Pugh whose great looking offroad Duke popped up when I started this project.

The input of the forum users here was a huge help with all things Duke.

My 2016 Duke 390.

Mods so far:
Continental Twinduro TKC80 Tires - 120/70-17 ft and 150/70-17 rear
KTM Rear shock lowering link
KTM Adjustable and foldable clutch and brake levers
KTM Crash Bars
Competition Werkes Exhaust
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Evotech Fender Eliminator with Euro style tail light
SW Mototech rear rack
Crash pads and bobbins
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-10-2016, 10:57 AM
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Kind of a mixed metaphor there. Aggressive off-road tires and no radiator protection? And the chin piece looks completely out of place. Wouldn't a bash plate be more appropriate? Not sure what you are going for...looks or functionality.
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Mostly road use, but the ability to leave it when needed.

Still looking for a skid plate. They do not seem to exist(?)

I suspect the front fender may eventually have to go too. Time will tell.


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Kind of a mixed metaphor there. Aggressive off-road tires and no radiator protection? And the chin piece looks completely out of place. Wouldn't a bash plate be more appropriate? Not sure what you are going for...looks or functionality.
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Well, OK. My experience with aggressive tires like that is that your stopping power is greatly reduced since there is less rubber on the road. I had a DR350 with semi-knobbies that would lock up the wheels with just a hard breath on the brakes. Scared the **** out of me more than once while street riding. And a KLR650 that was almost as bad even with 80/20 tires like those. If you ride in the wet be very careful. I'll bet you become good friends with your ABS very quickly.
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You can't ride at wet tarmac with these tires.Too much dirt tire i think. A mitas e07 or heidenaou K60 sould be better for road use without loosing dirt potential.

nice look, though
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I really like the look of the heidenaou's. They might be my next choice. Not familiar with the Mitas. Thanks for the tip.

I wanted the aggressive look and the dealer had a 1290 set up with the Continentals and had good feedback on them. With a warning that they were soft and would not last long.


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You can't ride at wet tarmac with these tires.Too much dirt tire i think. A mitas e07 or heidenaou K60 sould be better for road use without loosing dirt potential.

nice look, though
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How do you find the exhaust? i really like the look of it
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Bike runs great with the Werkes exhaust on it and it has a great tone. Low RPM's has a single cylinder 'Harley like' sound.

You won't sneak up on anyone with it though. Pretty loud. My commute is mostly curves and back roads, but a long highway cruise with this pipe might get annoying.


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How do you find the exhaust? i really like the look of it

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That Thing Looks WAY COOL!!!
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Still could not find a skid plate for the little duke so I bought a Givi RP5103 which is really for a BMW F800GS after seeing this thread:

2016 KTM 390 Mini Adventure (Duke) Build | Adventure Rider.

User motorcity ktm mentions that a friend offered him an F800 skid plate and they made it work on his duke.

I never found a plate that looked very much like the one they used, but most of the skid plates for the BMW were pretty pricey. So I settled on the sub $200 Givi.

No special tools to do this really except my dremel and probably 6 cut off wheels (because I am impatient).

The top edge (foldovers) on the right side of the plate had to be relieved for the coolant lines and a relief had to be cut near the top corners of both sides for my crash bars.

On the lower left I had to notch the BMW plate for shift linkage clearance and further back more so to clear the kickstand.

I have not made a front mount for it yet so only the 4 holes underneath are being used (after being drilled to match the duke's existing mount holes). On the forward two bolts the givi plate came with a shouldered spacer that I placed between the duke and the plate and then used some givi included screws along with a flat washer and half of a givi rubber spacer below to tighten it.

The duke uses a shouldered bolt on the air dam so I drilled my rear holes large enough for the shoulder to go through and reused the original screws. Rear screws mount directly to the duke (no spacers).

I am not much of a fabricator, but it worked out ok and I'm sure some of you guys could make a neater install of it.

With only the 4 belly screws holding the plate it is pretty solid. Although I will come up with at least one forward mount for my own piece of mind.
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