2017 KTM 390 Duke First Look

Updates for 2017 include sharper styling, new front fork and improved Brembo brakes

2017 KTM 390 Duke
The KTM 390 Duke features bold new styling for 2017, but performance has been upgraded also, with ride-by-wire throttle, a new WP fork, and a larger front brake disc.Courtesy of KTM

KTM's lightweight naked bike, the 390 Duke, has been updated for 2017 with bold new styling and performance to match. The new look includes an LED headlight and TFT dashboard, larger fuel tank and redesigned seat. Mechanically, ride-by-wire throttle has been added for smoother and more controllable power output, the front end features a new 43mm WP inverted fork and larger, 320mm brake rotor, and cornering clearance has been increased thanks to a new side-mount exhaust system.

The full text of KTM's press information follows:

2017 KTM 390 Duke
The new fork is a 43mm WP unit.Courtesy of KTM

The 2017 KTM 390 DUKE has big features in a smaller package. New, aggressive styling proclaims that the 390 DUKE is a READY TO RACE naked motorcycle with the performance and handling to back it up. The bodywork is sharp and modern with a slammed, predatory stance. Up front, a new LED headlight and bright, full-color TFT digital dash boast features not found in this class of motorcycle. At the rear, an exposed bolt-on subframe sits below the redesigned seat and pillion. A new form-fitting 3.5-gallon steel fuel tank increases the 390 DUKE's range.

Underneath the new aggressive look, a compact DOHC 373 cc single pumps out class-leading power and torque for a ride that only a DUKE can provide. Putting the power to the ground is now smoother and more controllable than ever before thanks to the new ride-by-wire throttle. That power, combined with a steel trellis frame, a new 43 mm WP upside-down fork and a larger, more powerful 320 mm front brake rotor take the ride to the next level. The 2017 KTM 390 DUKE is truly a corner rocket.

2017 KTM 390 Duke
The LED headlight is new; other updates include adjustable levers, a larger fuel tank, rider and passenger seats, and the exhaust system.Courtesy of KTM


  • Extremely powerful single cylinder, 4-stroke, 373.2 cc DOHC engine, electronic fuel injection, 3-way catalytic converter and balancer shaft, slipper clutch and now with Ride-By-Wire for a smoother and more refined response.
  • NEW ultralight trellis frame now features a bolt-on rear subframe in contrasting colors.
  • NEW top quality 43 mm open-cartridge front forks by WP Suspension for excellent response and stability.
  • NEW powerful brake system developed in cooperation with Brembo features a larger, 320 mm front brake disc for increased stopping power and feel.
  • NEW sharp aggressive styling runs from the front to the rear for a look that is pure DUKE.
  • NEW LED headlight and LED daytime running lights.
  • NEW multifunctional dashboard with full-color TFT display is bright and clear.
  • NEW optional dealer-installed KTM MY RIDE allows for Bluetooth connection to control incoming calls and audio player through the TFT display.
  • NEW adjustable levers allow for proper reach to accommodate a variety of hand sizes.
  • NEW larger steel tank steel tank increases the 390 DUKE's fuel capacity to 3.5 gallons.
  • NEW revised rider and passenger seats for improved ergonomics and style.
  • NEW side-mounted exhaust system for increased cornering clearance and style.