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Old May 11th, 2015, 06:52 AM   #1
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Last Friday the wifey and I went to a local KTM dealer to look at the new 390 Duke. They have been on hold while the Cali smog police did their thing, and the dealer had just received them. I have been considering this bike for some time; she quit riding her SV650 as it was just too big and heavy for her. Unfortunately, that also includes the new Scrambler so the Strada will be our only Ducati for a while.

Well, she said she liked it so we brought home the black one. On Saturday we rode to the Lookout on Ortega, part of our 'standard' 70 mile loop. It was a hit. She had managed this ride on her '56 Velocette last weekend, first time riding for more than six months, but this was the acid test.

She only had one complaint, and that was the seat - it is slippery in leathers and sloped forward a bit, so it put a lot of weight on her wrists when braking. Well, compared to the Velo it actually has brakes. I've bought some grip tape for the sides of the fuel tank, that should help.

Unfortunately the guys who designed this bike did not intend it for a tall rider with a 34" inseam; my knees just don't fit under the tank bulges. The thicker ergo seat would help this, but wifey can just barely flat foot it now and that is a must-have for her. It takes two minutes to swap the seat, so that would be okay as it's her bike anyway. Heh.

It has some nice stuff on the dash that the Strada lacks. Tells you that the sidestand is down, fuel level, gear selection, and much more. The shift light is two-stage, and is set to ease break-in; starts flashing at 7K. You can set both in 50 rpm increments.

Best of all it was less than half of what the Strada cost, out the door. Looks like a lot of bike for the bucks! Here's a stock photo, will post some pics later.
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Old May 11th, 2015, 07:26 AM   #2
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Congratulation to your wife, she got a real funbike.
In Austria they are on the road since last year i think. My son is working on them because he is mechanics in a Triumph and KTM shop. No complains so long.
If HS handles easy, there is no word for the duke .
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Old May 11th, 2015, 07:33 AM   #3
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Sweet little bike! Don't worry, that nice dash will vibrate itself to smithereens in no time. And so will the replacement. LOL. KTM engineers in a ton of stuff that no one is even asking for.
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Old May 11th, 2015, 09:53 AM   #4
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Should be a nice ride.
Those wheels look strangely familiar.
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Old May 12th, 2015, 07:50 AM   #5
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Sweet little bike! Don't worry, that nice dash will vibrate itself to smithereens in no time. And so will the replacement. LOL. KTM engineers in a ton of stuff that no one is even asking for.
Do you know of such a problem with this particular model? The bike seems a bit buzzy below 6k but quite smooth above that. Of course, I'm used to singles; it vibrates less than any of my Velocettes or my many Yamathumpers.

I disagree about asking for these features; they are very useful, especially for a new rider. The fuel gauge, for instance. Or the "miles to empty" reading. I am more offended by all the empty threaded holes in the swingarm...so I made some spools and found some plastic hole plugs for the rest. Turns out they are for the rear hugger on the Cup.
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Old May 12th, 2015, 08:30 AM   #6
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I get the sense you will disagree with whatever I say. LOL. I don't think the 390 has been out long enough to tell, but I went through 3 instrument clusters on my 690, and one on my MuZ (yamaha single). It's no big deal, but something to expect out of a street going single.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 06:11 AM   #7
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I get the sense you will disagree with whatever I say. LOL. I don't think the 390 has been out long enough to tell, but I went through 3 instrument clusters on my 690, and one on my MuZ (yamaha single). It's no big deal, but something to expect out of a street going single.
I am just asking about your experience with your KTM. Did your 690 have a fully electronic dash like the 390 or our 821s? Another member of this forum has complained about his 690's "constant state of brokeness."

I feel some of your pain already...we have had a MuZ Traveller since 1998, and the instruments on it are bargain basement stuff at best. (But I love the clock, so Bauhaus simple.) It looks like the electronics on the 390 are a bit more modern than that. Like most of us, I still have that semi-naive hope that our new bike won't have those problems.

The forum I've joined seems to show not much problem in this area, unlike the loose clutch fasteners and electrical problems that seem to be connector or sensor related. These bikes have been out for nearly two years now, so they are not all that new. And I suspect that riders in India endure much worse fuel, road, and climate issues than we do here.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 06:28 AM   #8
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The 690 dash was a hybrid. Needle tach/LCD speedo/clock/etc. The problem wasn't related to the needle though. The actual circuit board would come apart, rendering the lcd display useless as well as the faceplate assembly wearing in such a way that created a plastic dust that obscured the screen.
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I saw a shot of the Scrambler display. It had a side stand warning light. I'd be pissed if they squished a gear indicator in that tiny oval, too.
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I saw a shot of the Scrambler display. It had a side stand warning light. I'd be pissed if they squished a gear indicator in that tiny oval, too.
Who needs a side stand warning light? Just put her in gear. If she quits, your side stand is down
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