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Phil West  says:

First ride – KTM 390 Duke

KTM’s latest version of its Duke, the 390, is currently being put through its paces near the Austrian firm’s factory in Salzburg by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child. The £4495 machine sits between the 125 and 690 versions and KTM are quoting 44bhp along with 35nm torque from its new 375cc engine. Here’s Chad’s first impressions: ‘The styling’s really...

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

ABS which is great for new or inexperienced riders??? I would have thought it was great for anybody! Now this is the sort of bike if you really want to go adventure biking off the road, not some bloody great 1200 battleship you can't pick up on your own. However, I'd probably need stilts to ride it!!

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snev

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snev says:

hi sat nav...

I love this bike ... awesome fun in a typical KTM way I reckon.

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RageRider

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RageRider says:

Can't wait!

If it's half decent I'm getting one!

I'm permamently skint and haven't had a bike for nearly 4 years and I just can't afford anything flashy to tell the truth so something like this should be a great value for money cheap and very cheerful ride with any luck.

Should also be good for modifying as you'll really feel the upgrades on smaller bikes if you get them right. Brings back memories of my youth when tinkering with my TZR 125 in the early 90's. Happy days.

Like I said, can't wait!

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

Hi snev!

Great minds think alike eh? Your new avatar is the least scary/disturbing I've seen, but he bares a striking resemblence to a concert pianist called Paul Lewis. Google him to see what I mean. I'll get back to bikes now! Hope we see a test of this bike sometime soon.

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

Postscript!

Just been on the KTM website. This bike has an 800mm seat height!!!!   Forget the stilts, I could ride this bike! Shame I can't afford a second bike, but I've got a Lotto ticket for tomorrow!

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Titosfuneral

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Titosfuneral says:

Looks a lot of fun. I'd love to have a go on one. @satnavsteve not everything is about adventure bikes! :) And if you know how, you can pick up an adventure bike with one hand. (Wide handle bars)

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romford4

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romford4 says:

Possible

spiritual successor to bikes like the DRZ400SM.  Fun looking machine!

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

Titosfuneral!

I agree, adventure bikes aren't everything. If I had the money, I would also have a big scooter, a sports bike around 600-750cc, a big cruiser and a few bikes to restore. However, I have to ride something that does for my type of riding, so its my Tiger 800 till i win Lotto. I would though, like to see you pick up a big trailie stuck in deep mud, sand or down a ditch with one hand and if you can, I'll believe anything you say sir!. Bikes like this are more manageable off road and easier to keep upright, especially at my age and leg length!

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BikerToBe

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BikerToBe says:

I have been waiting...

FINALLY ! The 690 duke was what made me want to get my Bike license, and the 390 is the one that made me want to get no other bike. I am on the waiting list at my local KTM dealership (Hemel) and will be parting with the cash as soon as they will let me. Bring on next wednesday with MCN and Bike articles... !

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carloslavado

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carloslavado says:

BikerToBe i heard that here in Holland there will be only 16 390dukes coming to dealers in the whole country. Wich is strange cause there seems to be alot of demand for this awsemome fun bike. Anyways hope you get your's soon and have fun with it. Never seen a cooler looking 1 cilinder machine.

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