KTM 390 Duke
For less than the price difference between a Ducati 1299 Panigale and a Panigale 1299S, you could have one of the most value-packed and fun motorcycles we’ve ever ridden. It’s astonishing how many desirable features are available on the KTM 390 Duke, a stylish and capable motorbike that retails for just $5,299.
Along with its bold and youthful good looks, the 390 Duke is outfitted with several items that aren’t even available on pricier motos. Although it can be thought of as an entry-level bike, a perusal of its parts manifest speaks of a higher-end machine. New for 2017 are TFT instrumentation, LED headlight, and a ride-by-wire throttle that helps yield a bit more power and improved driveability. Then add to it all the higher-end features that have been part of the package since the bike’s debut in 2015, like a chro-moly trellis frame, inverted fork, radial brakes, slipper clutch, aluminum swingarm and standard ABS – all of which make it difficult to argue against the 390 Duke winning our award for value. A comfier seat and adjustable levers for 2017 add to its appeal.
The riding experience is no less impressive, offering stunning agility and more power from its 373cc single-cylinder motor than any other streetbike with fewer than 400cc. It rails tight canyon roads and is also surprisingly tolerable on long stretches of highway. Really, there’s nothing this little funster can’t do, and when it can be had for a smidge more than $5k, its value quotient is as high as it gets.
But you don’t have to just take our word for it, as North American consumers have backed up our impressions by pulling out their wallets. The 390 Duke has …read more
Source:: Best Value Motorcycle of 2017