The Ultimate Urban Ride: The 2020 KTM 390 Duke
KTM’s legendary small-capacity naked motorcycle, the 390 Duke, is back for 2020. Regarded by many as one of the best and most versatile urban-focused motorcycles, the Duke 390 offers serious grunt, nimble handling, in a manageable package that can be enjoyed by beginner riders and seasoned hands in equal measure.
The secret to the 390 Duke’s success is the combination of punchy power and responsive manoeuvrability. Powered by a compact 373cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine, the KTM 390 Duke is capable of producing an adrenaline-inducing 43.5 horsepower and 27 lb-ft of peak torque. It has the power, but when it’s channelled through a lightweight and agile chassis it’s a fearsome package.
To keep practical and to make the Duke as versatile and usable as possible, KTM has treated it with a number of thoughtful add-ons. There’s a slipper clutch for confidence-inspiring and performance-raising gear changes. Ride-by-wire technology is included for responsive throttle control and smooth acceleration. Finally, the KTM 390 Duke also features dual-channel Bosch ABS. Also equipped with a TFT display and LED lighting, the 390 Duke is a practical and aggressive motorcycle that can tackle any situation.
The 2020 model of the KTM 390 Duke is available in two color schemes: classic KTM Orange, or a more subdued White. As for the price, the MSRP is an attractive and affordable $5,499.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new KTM 390 Duke in one place.
- Price: $5,499
- Key Features:
- Anti-lock brakes (ABS)
- Slipper clutch
- Engine type: 373cc single-cylinder four-stroke
- Power: 43.3 horsepower
- Dry Weight: 149 kg
- Seat height: 830 mm
2020 KTM 390 Duke Specifications
|Engine||373cc single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Bore x Stroke||89 mm x 60 mm|
|Clutch||PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated|
|Suspension Front||142 mm|
|Suspension Rear||150 mm|
|Brakes Front||Four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc|
|Brakes Rear||Single-piston floating calliper, brake disc|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13.4 L|
|Ground Clearance||175 mm|
|Seat Height||830 mm|
|Curb Weight||149 kg|
2020 KTM 390 Duke Features
Engine & Exhaust
The KTM 390 DUKE engine not only delivers arm-wrenching torque and hair-raising acceleration, but also good manners in everyday use, all with outstanding fuel economy. This lightweight, compact engine really packs a punch and with 32 kW (44 hp) it’s one of the most powerful options out there for A2 riders. Thanks to the ingenious intake design and the meticulous fuel injection system, the KTM 390 DUKE is ready and waiting to tear-up the streets and the circuits alike.
Power & Torque
A bike as compact and nimble as this one, deserves to pack a solid punch. With 32 kW (44 hp) and a dry weight of just 149 kg, we did it justice. Thanks to the ingenious intake and exhaust system, the 46 mm throttle body and the meticulous fuel injection system, this strong stroker is ready to leave the rest of the traffic behind at the twist of your wrist.
Not only does the slipper clutch open when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also assists when you open the throttle. The former prevents rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating – and gives the wheel just that bit of braking for a controlled rear wheel slide. The latter allows the clutch to be pulled and controlled with just one trigger-happy finger – saving you energy and offering greater control – just like the pros.
It’s the guarantee of a smooth throttle response, more than simply the absence of a throttle cable. The KTM 390 DUKE’s ride-by-wire ensures perfect delivery of the readily available and gut-wrenching torque. It also electronically translates the throttle commands of the rider into throttle valve positions, perfectly suited to the riding conditions, making this the perfect crossover bike for both road and circuit riding.
The KTM 390 DUKE comes as standard with ultra-lightweight, high-performance upside-down WP forks. Using the latest open-cartridge technology, these forks not only perform above expectations when pushed to the limits, but are also nice and easy to maintain. This makes them perfect for all aspects of riding, from relaxed cruising to hammering around on closed circuits and everything in between.
Thanks to its progressive 150 mm spring, the KTM 390 DUKE will perform in any environment you can throw at it. The preload is adjustable, so you can count on well-balanced suspension whether you’re riding solo or two-up, with or without luggage, on road or on track. The choice is yours.
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hi-tech upright handlebars offer KTM 390 DUKE riders a controlled yet aggressive body position, allowing you to dominate in all aspects of riding. From destroying corners to pulling the perfect stoppie, these bars will give you the balance and confidence you need to attack the tarmac like never before. Clutch and brake levers are fully adjustable, allowing you to customize your cockpit to suit your individual riding style.
The clutch and break lever are adjustable in order to match the needs of any rider’s hand type.
Bodywork & Graphics
TFT color display
As an absolute first in its class, the KTM 390 DUKE boasts an innovative multicolor TFT display, presenting all the data you need to go faster in a clear-cut, uncluttered way. As you rev the engine, the display bars change color, either spurring you on or telling you to back off when the engine’s still cold. The display also automatically adapts its color to best suit the light conditions around you. Innovation at its best!!!
Different modes for the various built-in assistance systems can be selected using an illuminated menu switch on the left side of the handlebar. It’s very simple and intuitive: flick “up” and “down” through the menu, select the desired setting with the right button or go a step back with the left. Job done. Race on.
Software & Electronics
The KTM 390 DUKE utilizes market leading technology to enhance your ride and provide you with all the assistance you need to help turn the streets into your own personal playground.