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Random Encounters With Guy Hooning A 2017 KTM 390 Duke On B Roads

Today morning I woke up at an unexpectedly early hour to meet another up with a friend who shares my thoughts that the early morning light is the best time to shoot. We wandered the B roads that ribbon around a nearby dam, but then it was neither the water or the surrounding hills that either of us wanted to put into our frame. Just when we were about to give up our search to find the perfect subject, we found this guy riding hooning towards us on a shiny new orange machine in the fading colours of the “photographer’s golden light”. He must be stopped, thought both us immediately as he was the perfect subject we were to capture in our frame.

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It was our first time seeing the new orange machine with bright LED lights and DRLs integrated inside a completely re-designed headlight assembly.

We requested him to stop hooning to ask him his whereabouts. All we could understand that he was related to an a certain KTM Adivenoo Motors, and had got the shiny new 2017 KTM 390 Duke out of the establishment for the very first time.

He spoke highly of this new machine, telling us that it has better torque, better brakes, better electronics than the 390 Duke that it succeeds. Not just that, he also fiddled around the the new controls to show us the vast array of information that can be at hand on the new TFT display. We wanted to ask him more about the engine and its performance when he said “enough talk, let me show you want she can do”. Ok we said, pulling out our cameras and watching the new KTM 390 Duke get hooned-on like we’ve never seen till now.

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“She looks quite similar the bigger 1290 Duke”, the guy had said earlier. I could see how easy it’s to relate to that.

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A little bit of clutch brings a lot of front end shenanigans, specially with the 10mm shorter wheelbase

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“That’s a bolt-on rear subframe there… Hipsters, are you listening?”

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“I wish this is how we all commute to work one day.”

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Oye! you lads gettin’ the shots or should I do that myself too?

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“So, Let me tell you about the moustache on my helmet.”

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“Thankfully we have a bigger tank now, this would take care of those pesky fuel stops quite a bit.”

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“It’s got better ground clearance too, so no more scraping when I’m doing my kiss-the-mirrors leans”

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“Really, they should stop making smoke grenades. This is good enough.”

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Come on! I don’t have all day dammit… Keep shooting!

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Switching riding modes now. Lets all calm down.

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Leaving us with words of wisdom, the hooning guy began to leave with this little orange devil. We stayed back for a bit wondering how KTM could pour so much into one machine, yet keep it unbelievably approachable. To us, it all came together that the 2017 KTM 390 Duke is actually the most complete sub 400cc street naked package that’s currently out there, no matter in which part of the world you stay in.

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