Modified KTM RC 390, 200 Duke: These bikes are lighter, faster and way cooler


  • KTM launched its first motorcycle in India back in 2012 and the Austrian brand went on garner immense popularity in the country owing to its powerful motorcycles which are light in weight and light on the pocket. While the stock bikes are 100 percent satisfactory, there are some enthusiasts who yearn to make them better, or at least make them stand out. Following are some of the nicest custom jobs we came across:

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  • Marla by Faster Wheels is a lighter, faster motorcycle based on the RC 390. The shade of blue is a result of an impeccable wrap job by the team at WrapMeUp. Stripping the RC 390 off its fairing helped it shed weight as much as 20 kg. Not just the fairing, the over-1kg rear sprocket was replaced with a lightweight aluminium one that weighs just 486 grams. It has also been given a slipper clutch from the current 390 Duke and a PowerTRONIC plug-in performance ECU for more revs. The end product is wheelie happy and fast machine. (Image: Faster Wheels/Facebook)

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  • Does this make you feel that you've seen it before? Remember the Hollywood movie Chappie? Autologue Design has given a 390 Duke a makeover based on Chappie, an AI android which was capable of downloading human emotions. This perhaps one of the nicest character-based modifications we've come across so far. (Image: Autologue Design/Facebook)

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  • Based on a 200 Duke, Indonesia-based Studio Motor created the Duke Scrambler. The original body was swapped with a handmade one crafted out of 1.2mm galvanized plate and it was given a BMW fuel tank. ‘The Stout’ has customised head and taillight, along with an aftermarket scrambler-style exhaust system. (Image: Biker’s Cafe)

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  • Australia's Yuls Customs has an elaborate CV, including crafting of anodized aluminium and stainless steel for the Marine industry, and their rendition of a Duke. This was built on order from a woman motorcyclist to best her body type and specific requirements. The result is a simple, yet fantastic looking scrambler. (Image: The Moto Lady)

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  • Looks like custom jobs in Indonesia are some of the best in the world. We've featured several motorcycles from custom shops in Indonesia, and this one will be the second on this list. Transformed into a cafe racer, the original body was replaced and the tail section was given a major rework. This is based on a 2012 200 Duke. (Image: Studio Motor)

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