This is an interesting drag race between the 2024 KTM Duke 390 and TVS Apache RTR 310. Both these are performance motorcycles in the big engine capacity segment. On paper, the Duke certainly has an edge over the RTR. However, it is always interesting to witness how these bikes perform in real-world conditions. Riders opting for performance often have options between these two. That is what makes this drag race intriguing. However, the Apache RTR is still locked as it has not completed 1,000 km yet. Hence, the top speed is limited to 138 km/h. Let us see who comes out on top.
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KTM Duke vs Apache RTR Drag Race
This video comes from Ayush Verma on YouTube. The YouTuber has the two bikes side-by-side. For the first round, the YouTuber takes the Apache RTR 310 and his companion has the Duke 390. At the count of three, the riders pull the accelerator lever. The KTM lunges forward with a thump. The Apache struggles in the beginning. However, as the race progresses, the gap between the two keeps on increasing. For the second round, they switch the rides to accommodate the driving mannerisms of both riders. However, the result remained exactly the same. The Duke 390 is the ultimate victor.
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The 2023 KTM Duke 390 comes with a new 398.7-cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine generating 44.8 hp and 39 Nm of peak power and torque. There is a 6-speed transmission with this engine. At the front, it has a 43 mm WP Apex fork suspension with adjustable compression and rebound with 150 mm travel, while at the rear, there is a monoshock suspension with 5-step rebound and preload adjustability with 150 mm of travel. On the other hand, the Apache RTR 310 has a 312.12-cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine making 35.6 PS and 28.7 Nm of peak power and torque. The transmission duties are carried by a 6-speed gearbox. It has a 41 mm USD fork at the front and a pre-load adjustable monoshock at the rear. Hence, the Duke has a clear edge in terms of output.
What We Think
Numerous YouTubers have adopted the common practice of employing drag races as a means to assess the performance of different motorcycles. However, it’s essential to recognize that leaning solely on drag races for these evaluations may not be the most prudent strategy. This apprehension stems from the potential for drag races to inflict enduring harm on motorcycles, given that most bikes are not engineered for prolonged high-speed, straight-line racing. Consequently, we highly discourage the attempt to engage in drag races with your own motorcycles. In reality, the majority of riders refrain from pushing their bikes to such extreme limits, placing a higher emphasis on safety and safeguarding both themselves and their vehicles from harm.
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