Slipper Clutch Confirmed for 2015 KTM 390 Duke, Borile Shows Multiuso 230 R

The rumors which claimed that KTM was planning to equip a slipper clutch on the 390 Duke appear to have been true. At least this is what Indian media has been told during a test ride event held in Bangkok, Thailand. The “Duke It” event saw KTM offering demo rides with the entire Duke range, from the small 200 Duke to the insane 1290 Super Duke R.
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2015 KTM 390 DukeBorile Multiuso 230 R
Funny thing, autocarindia says that the 390 Duke KTM brought to Thailand for the test was in fact not equipped with a slipper clutch yet. According to the Indian source, the slipper clutch is a standard part on the 2015 model year 390 Duke and therefore will also be present on the new version of the RC390 middleweight sport bike which uses the same platform.

The 2015 MY 200 Duke and 390 Duke also received new grips, better turn signals with increased water resistance (apparently a problem with older units). At the same time the bikes got a new alternator unit, better fork sealing and revised seats. The base pans are reportedly stronger and more rigid, while the thickness of the foam layer was increased for better long-range comfort.

Power and the rest of the tech specs remained unchanged. The same source mentions that prices on the Indian market are only marginally higher than previously, and this hints at a bike with solid competitiveness in the segment.

Borile shows the first picture of the Multiuso 230 R

In late February we told you that the Italian bike manufacturer Borile had introduced its racing department, Borile Corse. Today the Italian house revealed the first photo of their debut racing bike, the Multiuso 230 R.

Borile was rather secretive in providing us with too much tech data, but we know that the bike is still on the very light side of things, tipping the scales at 88 kg (194 lbs). The first thing which draws attention is the classic Italian racing livery, naturally incorporating the “tricolore” design with the Italian flag on the side panels, front number plate and fenders.

The tank, frame and swingarm are painted in a sizzling hot dark metallic red and this makes everything tenfold better. The price for the Multiuso 230 R is €4,990 ($5,250) and Borile claims 3.2 l/100 km (88 mpg) fuel efficiency. We’ll be back with detailed tech specs.
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