Review KTM 390 Duke and KTM 250 Duke 2024

KTM has just unveiled two impressive naked-bike models, namely the 390 Duke and 250 Duke. These incredible bikes not only offer more power and improved handling but also boast a unique attitude that sets them apart from other motorcycles in their class.

2024 KTM 390 Duke Electric Orange

KTM confidently emphasizes that the latest models showcase the most significant transformation to the Duke model series below 500cc. This revamp entails a complete overhaul, including revolutionary engines, a fresh chassis approach, and updated aesthetics.

The two bikes are equipped with the latest iteration of single-cylinder engines known as the “LC4c.” These engines come in two variations: 250cc and 399cc. They have undergone a complete redesign, with particular improvements made to the cylinder heads and gearboxes to enhance performance. Additionally, they conform to the most recent emissions regulations. Notably, both bikes also incorporate throttle-by-wire technology, employ a new Power Assist Slipper Clutch (PASC), and offer the possibility to opt for the Quickshifter+ feature.

2024 KTM 390 Duke Atlantic Blue

The latest LC4c engine incorporated in the 390 Duke signifies a significant increase in displacement compared to its predecessor, now measuring 373cc. However, this new engine not only offers greater power than the previous generation but also possesses a lighter weight. Similarly, the 250 Duke boasts an enhanced power-to-weight ratio in comparison to its forerunner, the 200 Duke, thanks to a new SOHC design which is both lighter and simpler, featuring a reduced number of components.

2024 KTM 250 Duke Electric Orange

The 390 Duke is equipped with a 43mm WP APEX open-cartridge fork with five-click adjustment on rebound and compression, as well as a split-piston rear shock with adjustable rebound and preload. This enables riders to customize the handling according to their individual preferences. On the other hand, the 250 Duke features a nonadjustable 43mm WP APEX open-cartridge big-piston fork and a WP APEX emulsion shock with preload adjustability for suspension. Both bikes have a travel of 5.9 inches front and rear.

2024 KTM 390 Duke

In terms of stopping power, both motorcycles are equipped with a radially-mounted 4-piston caliper, which effectively grasps a 320mm disc in the front. This represents a notable increase of 20mm compared to the previous 200 Duke model. Similarly, the rear braking capability has also been enhanced on both bikes, employing a 2-piston caliper and a 240mm disc. Additionally, both models feature the most up-to-date iteration of cornering Supermoto ABS and cornering traction control systems.

2024 KTM 250 Duke Electric Orange

In 2024, an upgraded two-piece frame design is introduced to enhance dynamics. The design features a brand-new steel trellis main frame combined with a pressure die-cast aluminum subframe. This innovative arrangement significantly boosts torsional rigidity, resulting in improved agility and heightened feedback from the chassis. Additionally, the inclusion of new triple clamps and a revised offset brings about enhancements in handling characteristics, control, and overall stability.

2024 KTM 250 Duke Ceramic White

The frame has been connected to a new curved lightweight swingarm, which wraps around a repositioned rear shock. This placement is off-center to accommodate a larger airbox design and lower the overall seat height. KTM has deliberately incorporated this aspect into the new bikes’ design to enhance accessibility without sacrificing stability or handling. The seat height of the 390 Duke can be adjusted between 31.4 and 32.2 inches, while the 250 Duke has a fixed seat height of 31.4 inches.

2024 KTM 390 Duke Electric Orange

Visually, the 390 has longer tank spoilers featuring prominent air intakes, larger radiator covers, and external LED positioning lights. The 250 casts a slim and compact shadow thanks to smaller tank spoilers compared to the 390 Duke and aligned with painted headlight surrounds.

2024 KTM 390 Duke Electric Orange

2024 KTM 250 Duke Ceramic White

Both models feature a 5-inch TFT display and smartphone connectivity as standard. Each bike has Street and Rain mode, and the Track screen is available on the 390 Duke for the first time. This standard feature unlocks an enlarged rpm display, launch control, and a lap timer. Unnecessary info gets reduced to the bare minimum.

2024 KTM 390 Duke

The 2024 KTM 390 Duke will come in KTM’s Electronic Orange or Atlantic Blue, arriving in dealerships in December, while the 2024 KTM 250 Duke will come in Electronic Orange and Ceramic White, slated for arrival in early 2024. Pricing has not yet been announced.

For more information, visit the KTM website.

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