Dilemma. Wait for 2017 or go 690??? - Page 2 - KTM Duke 390 Forum
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post #11 of 20 Old 06-22-2016, 08:16 PM
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ABS is great, and very functional. But seriously, how much traction control do you need on a 43 HP bike?
Did somebody write that traction control was useful?

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ABS is great, and very functional. But seriously, how much traction control do you need on a 43 HP bike?
Try getting a foot down, (In trials this is called a "dab") while yanking up on the bar on the low side. Trouble is- am now in opposite lane'
but there was no oncoming. (Witch is for why am still here).
I was going to the autoparts store to get a new tire pressure gauge. (Can't find any of the ones I got around here.)
Got home- let the tires cool right down- and checked them. I had 22 psi on the front, and 23 psi on the rear- that does not sound right........
Nothing in the service manual about Pirellii Russo !! tires. Their website sez recommended pressures are stamped on the tires. Can't find it. Settled for 29 psi front and 30 psi rear. Try that for a few miles.....
Any feedback from you folks pushing these things, be appreciated.
Watch your tire pressures! (Big difference in handling!)
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Kinky, Per the 2015 Duke owner's Manual:

Tire pressures, solo:
Front 2 bar (29 psi)
Rear 2bar (29 psi)

With passenger or full load
Rear 2.2 bar (32 psi)


You are running a bit low...

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I'm in the market for a small bike.
I was going for the Z125, but not available in our country.
I went back for the Duke 390... but heard rumor about 2017 new revamp.
for 10 KG+ difference new Duke 690R is available.

Can anyone who rode both Duke 390 and 2016 Duke 690, 10KG do make massive difference bike nimble?

Thanks
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post #15 of 20 Old 07-08-2016, 03:08 AM
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Dude! The 390 with his 44 ponies is funny enought to enjoy mountains road with close curves...
The 690 is more powerful but the stethic is poor and also more difficult to enjoy in mountain roads...specially if you don't have enought experience...
Believe me...get the 390...enjoy...have fun...learn...and after that...if you feel you want more horses...go to get the 690...
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I'm in the market for a small bike.
I was going for the Z125, but not available in our country.
I went back for the Duke 390... but heard rumor about 2017 new revamp.
for 10 KG+ difference new Duke 690R is available.

Can anyone who rode both Duke 390 and 2016 Duke 690, 10KG do make massive difference bike nimble?

Thanks
With only 10kg of difference between both, the 690 is still a nimble bike, having less weight than most 250cc bikes out there.

If money is not a problem I'd go for the 690 mainly because is "other level" bike and I'm not talking about power which is obvious. There are big differences as the 690 is made in austria with premium components such as Brembo brakes "the real ones".

I've got the 390 and it's been great so far. The funniest bike I've ever had but not the right competitor for the 690.

The only scenario where I'd recommend the 390 over the 690 is if you're a beginner. The 690 makes 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and that tells what the big Duke is capable of.
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the electronic throttle probably should add a little to less fuel concumption. But the 390 has allready quit low fuel concumption and there are often mechanical/electrical problems with the electronic throttles.

I know that here is a 390 forum but if you have money buy the 690 duke. Its the best and most reliable bike KTM has ever made (in my opinion). I wish i had the money to get it.

duke 390 is a great bike for the money its offered, but as in my country is said "you always get what you are paying for".
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duke 390 is a great bike for the money its offered, but as in my country is said "you always get what you are paying for".
So Harley-Davidson is the pinnacle of motorcycle design and engineering....who'd a thunk?
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i would suggest going for the 690, or a current 390. the spy shots for the 2017 390 hurt my eyes. the 690 is probably going to give you a pretty content feeling.
i have had several bikes and the 2016 390 has been a good bike so far, but has left me wanting a little more. moving down the road, it feels a lot like my sv650, just a little less powerful.
i find myself always looking for the next thing to put on my duke to make it more likable. mirrors, windscreen, tank bag, rear rack, several other items, and i'm still looking to do a few more things to it.

the 690 should leave you content on the power aspect, at least.


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i like my 390, but i'm not a fanboy. having said that, i'll say that with the duke 390, you get a pretty good deal on a nice bike. i didnt feel like haggling at all when i bought it. i felt it was a fair price, and i have been lucky to have very few issues with the bike.


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