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Mar 26, 2019

Quick Look: KTM 390 Duke

Racing Editor Chris Ulrich on the 390 Duke during a Fastrack Riders track day at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Although it comes with suspension tuned for street use, the 390 has enough power to be entertaining on the track. Photo by David Swarts.



     You always knew when Jamie James was going to try something special. It's not like the Ragin' Cajun was hanging around when he was on the track -- four AMA Pro National Championships, including the 1989 AMA Superbike title, were testament to his speed. But when he was planning a move on someone, his elbows would come out, and you knew to watch carefully ...

     The first time I sat on the KTM 390 Duke, I thought of James. The bike is short, compact, with tubular bars and relatively rearset pegs. The riding position put me upright, over the tank, with elbows out in full attack mode, and I couldn't help but think that there had to be someone around who needed me to out-brake and stuff them at an  apex ...

Michael Gougis, Editor-At-Large, in the March 2019 Issue of Roadracing World

KTM's 390 Duke is the smallest member of the company's family of street-oriented hooligan bikes. But don't let the small displacement fool you; it's a lightweight, friendly bike that makes you want to ride hard, and rewards you for doing so. Read the review of the littlest thrash-machine in the March 2019 issue of Roadracing World!

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