Early KTM 390 gets slipper clutch option

By Shivank Bhatt | on May 9, 2016

After making slipper clutch standard in the KTM 390 models, the company is now offering the option to retrofit it in earlier sold models.

Old owners of the KTM Duke 390 and RC 390 now have the option to retrofit slipper clutch in their motorcycles. Installing the slipper clutch in the aforementioned KTM models will set you back by Rs 9,000, excluding labour charges and taxes.

Slipper clutch is now a standard fitment on the KTM Duke (since August 2015) and RC390. The advantages of a slipper clutch over a conventional clutch is that it mitigates the effects of aggressive downshifting. So in case of excessive engine braking, the slipper clutch prevents the driven wheel from skidding and hopping.

Only recently KTM introduced the updated line-up of its Duke 200, RC 200, Duke 390 and RC 390 in India. The 2016 models of the aforementioned motorcycles receive updates like auto headlamps, new pillion seat, recalibrated ECU, reworked radiator fans for better heat dissipation, improved paint quality and alloy wheels.

Both the old and new KTM RC 390 and Duke 390 are mechanically unchanged from the beginning. This means they still come powered by a 373.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine developing 42.2bhp and 35Nm torque.

Ever since their launch in the country, the KTM Duke 390 and RC 390 have dominated the sub-400cc performance motorcycle segment. And that's well understood because when you factor in the affordability and the performance quotient that KTM motorcycles bring to the table, they are pretty much unmatched in their respective segments.

Also read: KTM launches updated 2016 range

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