SPIED: KTM Duke range starts testing ahead of 2016 debut

KTM, the Austrian bike manufacturer has been creating waves all over the globe with its bikes and the current crop is pretty popular courtesy of the value-for-money on offer. KTM has hit the sweet spot with its Duke range and has now started testing the same for a mid-life facelift. The facelifted bikes have been caught on test in Europe and will break cover in 2016.

2016-ktm-duke-390-spied2016 KTM 390 test-mule.

The refreshed KTM Duke lineup will feature a mechanical alteration as well. As per the spy pictures, the bikes will come with a new  rear subframe which was seen as a bolt-on to the test bike but the final version will see it in a welded manner. What this would do is that it would improve the crash safety of the bikes Seeing the fact that a lot of newbies and learners buy these, a better crash safety would surely help the cause.

You’ll get a new number rear fender and a number plate hanger design coupled with a repositioned rear turn indicators. The rider position will be improved as well courtesy of repositioned foot-pegs. and the underbelly exhaust will be replaced by a conventional side exhaust. It is unclear if the engineers back at KTM are thinking about going back to the conventional way of doing things.

2016-ktm-duke-125-spied2016 KTM 125 test-mule.

There won’t be much changes when it comes in 2016 and the EICMA 2015 will play host to their launch with an early-2016 sale.

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