MURRIETA, CA – November 15, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – KTM charges into model year 2024 with a brace of all-new single-cylinder DUKE models, bringing more punching power, improved handling, and clear differentiation of attitude between the displacements. In short, the all-new DUKE range cuts the bullshit, bringing more bike for your buck.
Adopting an all-out, no-compromise attitude, the all-new 2024 models represent the biggest change to the sub-500 cc capacity DUKE model range since the first KTM 390 DUKE landed in dealers. The result is a complete redesign, with new engines, an all-new chassis concept, and new styling which amplifies the typically aggressive KTM DUKE design language you’ve come to expect.
For 2024, a new 2-piece frame design – composed of an all-new steel trellis main frame with a pressure die-cast aluminum subframe – enhances dynamics by augmenting torsional rigidity. This also adds improved agility and enhanced feedback from the chassis, with new triple clamps and a revised offset, improving handling characteristics and giving riders greater control and stability.
The frame is now also mated to an all-new curved lightweight swingarm, which contours around a relocated rear shock absorber. This is mounted off-center to allow for a larger airbox design while reducing overall seat height. Speaking of which, the reduced seat height was purposefully engineered into the new DUKE design to allow for greater accessibility, without compromising on stability or handling.
Delivering the knockout punch is an entirely new generation of lightweight, compact single-cylinder engines. Dubbed the LC4c, the engine range is made up of a smaller 250 cc engine and a larger 399 cc engine, as found in the KTM 390 DUKE. Building from the experience gained with the previous generation, these powerplants are completely redesigned, with newly optimized cylinder heads and gearboxes, as well as meeting the latest emissions standards.
The 2024 KTM DUKE range also sets the benchmark for real-world technological advancement in the small displacement NAKED segment. Both models in the line-up feature the latest version of selectable Supermoto ABS, 5” dashboards, and smartphone connectivity as standard – with the ability to fit an optional Quickshifter+.
Bringing more DUKENESS to each division – apart from a new metal fuel tank and high-quality surface finishes – the 2024 DUKE stablemates have embraced their own identities with visual differences across the range.
2024 KTM 390 DUKE
Visually, the 2024 KTM 390 DUKE rightfully takes ownership as the leader of the pack. Signature Electronic Orange and Atlantic Blue color options dominate the visual impact, with longer tank spoilers featuring prominent air intakes, larger radiator covers, and external LED positioning lights completing the package.
Power is taken care of by an all-new lightweight 399 cc single-cylinder LC4c engine. Not only is it more powerful than the previous generation, it’s also lighter, bringing a refreshed attitude to the KTM 390 DUKE. THE CORNER ROCKET is the perfect motorcycle for riders of any ability level looking for a light, agile machine to blast around tight apexes.
The 2024 KTM 390 DUKE also boasts a 43 mm WP APEX Open Cartridge front fork with 5-click adjustment on rebound and compression and a split piston rear shock absorber with adjustable rebound and preload. This means handling can be tailored to perfectly match the rider’s needs.
Swing your leg over the new seat – 32.2 in (820 mm) seat height – and you’ll be greeted by an all-new 5” TFT display, with selectable ride modes. The default setting is STREET Mode. RAIN Mode, as the name suggests, is selectable in adverse weather conditions for less aggressive throttle response and Cornering MTC as standard equipment.
TRACK screen is available on the KTM 390 DUKE for the first time. This standard feature unlocks a world of hooliganism, enlarged rpm display, launch control, for that perfect start and even a lap timer. Unnecessary info gets reduced to the bare minimum.
2024 KTM 250 DUKE
The 2024 KTM 250 DUKE casts a slim and compact shadow, thanks to smaller tank spoilers compared to the KTM 390 DUKE. These are aligned with painted headlight surrounds and a lower seat height of 31.4 in (800 mm). A new 5” LCD display, LED headlight, and all-new Electronic Orange and Ceramic White color options, set it apart from the rest of the range.
The 2024 KTM 250 DUKE also features an improved power-to-weight ratio over the previous generation, with a new Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) design that is lighter and simpler with fewer components, ride-by-wire, and a new Power Assist Slipper Clutch (PASC). The increased displacement also means more performance out of the compact single, while incredible rideability is maintained.
Suspension is taken care of by a non-adjustable 43 mm WP APEX Open Cartridge big piston fork setup with 150 mm of travel, and a WP APEX Emulsion shock absorber, with preload adjustability on the rear.
The all-new KTM 390 DUKE will arrive in authorized KTM dealerships this December, while the KTM 250 DUKE is slated for arrival in earlier 2024.
For more news about the 2024 KTM NAKED model range, visit KTM.com or your nearest authorized KTM dealer.
Source: KTM North America, Inc.