Wednesday, April 17, 2024

KTM 390 Duke Rivalling Kymco Krider 400 Revealed

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Taiwanese two-wheeler maker Kymco has unveiled the 2022 Krider 400 motorcycle for international markets. The new Kymco Krider 400 will rival the KTM 390 Duke in international markets. The new street naked offering gets a bulked up design that looks sharp and stylish, while power comes from a twin-cylinder motor that gives it an edge over the KTM’s single-pot unit.

Visually, the Kymco Krider 400 gets twin LED headlamps, exposed steel trellis frame, step-up saddle, split grab rails, a belly pan and alloy wheels. The body work gives the model a slender look despite a muscular design language.

Power comes from a 399cc parallel twin-cylinder engine. Now, that engine will be familiar to the Indian audiences given the fact it has been borrowed from Kawasaki. This is the same unit that powers the Ninja 400 and Z400, and is tuned to produce 44PS and 37Nm of peak torque. The bike uses a Truss steel tube frame underneath with the engine as the stress member. Compared to the 390 Duke though, the bike is on the heavier side and tips the scales at 205kg.


Other mechanicals include preload-adjustable USD forks at the front and a 7-step adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking performance comes from 300mm dual-discs for the front and a 240mm disc at the rear. The bike gets dual-channel ABS as standard.

The Kymco Krider 400 would’ve made for an interesting choice in the entry-level performance segment but sadly the Taiwanese maker has no plans to enter India at the moment. It did make an attempt a couple of years ago with the erstwhile 22 Motors for bringing electric vehicles but that plan fell through. 22 Motors was later acquired by Bounce creating what we know as the Infinity E1 today. Meanwhile, KTM is working on the next generation 390 Duke that could arrive sometime next year.

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