Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Murrysville, PA, USA. A pleasant, wooded suburb of Pittsburgh.
With the 790 prototype and the refreshed 390 Duke, KTM has taken its signature space-alien styling (by Kiska) to another level. It's totally weird and insectoid, IMO. Perhaps they should have hired Sigourney Weaver as a model for the EICMA show.
That said, the styling is very well integrated and nicely done. I have to admit it's growing on me, and the new 390 is a handsome, aggressive-looking bike that makes me think of a praying mantis poised to pounce. In spite of myself, I quite like it. The new bifurcated LED headlight in its production version does not seem as strange and alienating as in the pre-production photos. The only real flaw in the bike's aesthetic presentation is the jarringly ugly side-mounted exhaust cannister. If the Gen 1 underbody exhaust cannot pass Euro 4 norms, then I would have preferred a solution akin to the 790's (but without the bun warmer). The new tank side panels, to paraphrase Led Zepplin: "What a whole lotta Orange!"
"If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else."
2015 390 Duke
1980 Moto Guzzi V50 II (becoming a cafe racer)
1984 Moto Guzzi SP 1000