The owners of the older versions of KTM Duke 390 and RC 390 models can now retro-fit their motorcycles with the slipper-clutch that comes standard on the 2016 models.
The conventional clutch unit can simply be replaced at any authorized KTM service centers at a price of Rs. 9000 excluding the labour charges and taxes.
The slipper-clutch is a specially developed clutch mechanism commonly seen on performance motorcycles.
In conventional clutches, the back torque produced while engine braking is normally transmitted back along the drive chain causing the rear wheel to hop and lose traction.
The slipper-clutch mechanism is designed in such a way that the clutch disengages partially or "slip" to eliminate the back torque. Slipper clutches can also prevent a rear wheel lockup in case of engine seizure.
The company introduced the slipper clutch on the KTM 390 models in August last year. And further, followed it up by updates in the form of always-on headlamps, enhanced ECU units, and newly designed radiator fans.
Powering the KTM 390 is a 373cc single-cylinder engine that can produce 43bhp and a peak torque of 35Nm. The 390 motorcycles are rich with features such as Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), upside-down front forks, and a digital-cockpit.