The KTM 390 Duke needs no introduction. If there was to be a cult performance bike made in India in this millennium so far, the 390 Duke has to be it! It made performance motorcycling accessible and affordable in India, and it's got a fantastic fan following, around the world. A combination of phenomenal performance and handling, combined with a price tag, which isn't astronomical, and also being easy on the pocket to maintain, the KTM 390 Duke is fantastic value for money! And now, the 2020 KTM 390 Duke gets updated to meet the Bharat Stage VI (BS6) emission regulations, but it also gets new colours, as well as a standard up/down quickshifter.
The engine technically hasn't gone through that many changes or has been changed for the updated 390 Duke to meet the new emission norms. The good news is that it has the exact same output as the BS4 model before - 43 bhp of maximum power at 9,000 rpm, and 37 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. What KTM has done is adopted a bigger catalytic converter, and that has translated to a slightly compromised ground clearance - down from 175 mm on the outgoing model to 151 mm on the 2020 model. But what the new 390 Duke also gets is a standard, bi-directional quickshifter, which enables clutchless upshifts and downshifts. It's a first-in-segment feature and seen only in much more expensive superbikes.
What have also changed are the colours. The all-orange bodywork is now replaced by two-new colours - Silver Metallic and Ceramic White, with new graphics and orange wheels. It's given the bike fresh appeal, and other features like ride-by-wire, slipper clutch, dual-channel ABS with Supermoto mode, full-colour TFT display, LED headlights are all retained. And together with the quickshifter and bigger catalytic converter, the 2020 KTM 390 Duke has put on 4 kg of weight, with kerb weight rated at 167 kg. The dimensions of the bike remain the same.