Aug 7: Bike maker KTM India has announced a mandatory recall of Duke 390 motorcycles for a monsoon kit fitment. The campaign is for all the KTM Duke 390 motorcycles that were manufactured in 2017 and 2018, all of which will be added with new monsoon kit.
The kit will include addition of improved ECU bracket and pillion seat damping business. The firmer will have a new waterproof cover, while the latter comes with design aimed at improving the gap between tail lamp and pillion seat. This should reduce the cracking of the tail lamp as reported by some riders when riding with heavy pillion riders.
Besides, the kit campaign will also be fixing the headlamp vibration issue, which has been a frequent complaint from the Duke 390 riders. Apart from physical additions, KTM will also have the software of the motorcycle’s instrument cluster updated on select vehicles. The vehicles covered under the software update will be those which are experiencing spontaneous switching off of the headlamps.
KTM has already upgraded its 2018 edition of vehicles with a software update for the instrument console. Additionally, the have also redesigned the radiator housing to improve the heat management. The idle speed of the engine has also been increased from 1200-1600 range to 1200-1800 rpm.
The upgrade is being rolled out to all the riders keeping in mind the competition it’s facing from the new comer BMW G310R. Priced at Rs 2.99lakhs, the India-made model packs a 313 cc engine that churns out 34 HP power and 28 Nm torque. Regardless of the difference in performance as per the numbers, the two street motorcycles are pitted against each other by the riding community.