The 390 Duke Will Be Coming To The US!

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KTM will be releasing the 390 Duke for the US market for the 2014 model year, Stefan Pierer confirmed in an interview with the Indian daily Business Standard. The 390 Duke is manufactured at a plant in Chakan, India by Bajaj. This will be KTM’s first low capacity naked bike in the US and they except to sell around 10,000 units between here and Europe.

The KTM 390 Duke is a 373cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke naked bike that has 44 horsepower and 26 foot pounds of torque and is a blast to ride at 306 pounds (dry).

Stefan Pierer says “It is a strategic decision with Bajaj to go for sporty, stylish motorcycles, even for the saturated markets, because cars have become too expensive. We are entering the US street-bike segment for the first time and beginning next year, the Duke 390, built in India, would be sold in the US market.”

Still no word on a dollar price. 5,000 Euro appears to be the going rate across much of Europe, which translates $6,700, but pricing is affected by a multitude of factors beyond simple exchange rates.

Expect to see the 390 Duke in dealerships sometime next year.

  • http://twitter.com/adamarp Wandering Adam

    Argh! Still no word on price?

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

      The price is set at 5000 euros which is about $6700 US and that’s the ballpark estimate. We won’t know until they tell us…

      • roma258

        I doubt it’s a direct translation from Euros. It generally doesn’t work out that way and US prices tend to be lower. My guess (hope?) is around $5,500. Seriously stoked for this bike though!

        • orthorim

          Agreed, don’t forget EU prices include VAT which is …. wait for it….. 20%!!!! across Europe.

  • Mark

    I hope that means Canada too.

  • Chris Davis

    If I can peel off the graphics I’m probably in.

  • karlInSanDiego

    This will be KTM’s GT86/BRZ/FR-S. Everyone is getting pumped about it because it looks like a pint sized Superduke (I’ve never read one reviewed in a shootout, or met anyone who’s ridden one of those either), but if it could end up being no more fun than a 90′s Ninja 500. Home I’m wrong. I liked the fully faired one shown in another post.

  • Blue Milew

    The DRZ400sm retails for right around $7k as well. Makes slightly less power I think, and weighs about the same. It’ll be interesting to see how the two stack up against each other.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.lewis3 Brett Lewis

      The SM is a lot of fun, bulletproof, and easy to upgrade to similar power levels. Carb, airbox, exhaust.

    • orthorim

      That KTM should be a good deal cheaper. 5000 EUR normally means 5000 US. EU price always includes 20% VAT and products tend to be cheaper in the US even before accounting for VAT.

  • Hooligan

    I am tempted by this. Biut I think I will hold off for a while and buy a lightly crash damaged one, strip it down, get rid of loads of plastics, lights etc. Add enduro handlebars and I would have a fun bike.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003096468998 Brian Milburn

    Truly excited for this!

  • Taco

    Oh happy days. Great news. So does 2014 model year mean mid to late 2013?
    I can’t wait to get one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

      We can only hope they release it this fall.

  • TP

    Yes!

  • Dennis Bratland

    I’ll be in my bunk.

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

      For that Firefly reference, you win at life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.lewis3 Brett Lewis

    After doing some online research, it appears to me that the riders of India generally have lower opinions in regards to Bajaj quality and reliability as compared to the other makes built there. Royal Enfield has a great rep there.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Ridden an Enfield? They’re pretty janky. I’ve sat on the 125 Duke and it’s a quality product, more or less up there with anything else KTM makes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/brett.lewis3 Brett Lewis

        Never ridden one, no, but I take your word for it. I find the 390 appealing from what I see here, but I had no frame of reference to base it or any other Indian bike on so I looked to the web for input from India. Just wondering how it’ll hold up long term, I average 1000 miles a month. I understand the concepts of brand loyalty and patriotism (Enfield) but the negative statements (Bajaj) really got my attention. I saw no negative comments regarding the Japanese makes built there.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          Bajaj is an extremely large company that produces a very wide range of bikes, some starting at very, very, very low prices. I don’t think reliability is a concern with any of them, but it’s understandable that a cheap bike may feel “cheap.”

          Partnering with such a large company to produce its own range of bikes gives KTM the ability to participate in huge component purchases, cheap labor and other economies of scale, while spec’ing its own product.

      • Guest

        Enfield are the worst bikes produced in India.

      • mentalmental

        R.Enfields are the worst bikes produced in India.

    • http://twitter.com/BrhmaGyan Gautam Samant

      The quality on the Royal Enfields is bad – but it has a cult following. 200 Duke is the best bike coming from India.

  • contender

    I’m suddenly less excited about the horrendously frequent valve adjustments on my plated 520 motard.

  • John Ashman

    they except to sell ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

      10,000 units between the US/Europe shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll buy one when I have the money.

    • kat

      john is pointing out the typo of except instead of expect… i was about to do the same, ha!

  • Nathan Wiley

    This bike wasn’t aimed at me, but for it’s intended market I think it’s perfect. Stylish, most likely capable since it’s coming from KTM, affordable, and beginner friendly. Good design and practicality don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Are you paying attention Honda?

  • Bill

    Will hold out for the touring version…

  • Dan

    Sweet. Wonder if that means we’re in for a displacement bump on the mythical “Moto 3 350″ KTM racer. Either way, this seems like further evidence the racer will make it stateside. Still unclear what class it can race in though. Maybe you can get it and a few FZRs together for an overweight-ultra-lightweight-thunderbike class.

  • http://twitter.com/Mr_Paynter Bryan Paynter

    I’m being told June/July here (South Africa) and a tentative and hopeful price of R50 000 (US$ 5620.35 according to the interwebs) I am itching for this to be my next bike.

  • yipY

    A KTM built in India has that certain undefinable allure of a Bentley built in Albania.

  • Mark Vizcarra

    So how many of you guys will actually buy this when it comes out? You can say all this talk about yeah Im gonna buy this and that. But in reality when you actually come see the bike or test ride it. You get disappointed and make excuses why you didnt get it. Or how there is no dealer support and blah blah blah.

    • yipY

      Agreed.

    • ookla_the_mok

      You’re probably right…. But, with the premises you’ve built in, this is basically an un-respondable question. :)

    • roma258

      It all depends on the pricing. If they price it right, I think it’ll see quite well.

    • Tyler 250

      On paper, this is along the lines of what I want for a track bike. I’ll have to see what it’s like in person (no idea what Indian QC is like) and how it actually rides, but I can see owning one at some point. However, right now, I have little money for track days and no need for a bike like this on the street, so I’m amongst those who’s exciting to see it’s coming here, but won’t be buying one anytime soon.

  • Speedo007

    Looks awesome, maintenance costs is probably what will hold back many (specially in this price range). Can’t wait for KTM to join Ducati in drastically reducing the maintenance interval requirements.

  • DisqusThis

    rumors of a 250cc mini rc8 in creation…..why not put this 390 motor in it? i know you track guys would disagree but a mini rc4 would be amazing on the street

  • Kyle Ignaitis

    Why 390? Why not 250 or even 200? I want 80-100mpg ala CBR250. I also want to redline it now and again without getting a ticket. If you want a fast duke then buy a 690!

  • rudedog4

    I want one.