A KTM Duke 390 built for the Himalayas…
Arjun Raina of India’s Moto Exotica has quickly become one of our favorite builders. His Yamaha RD350 scrambler is one of the most popular builds we’ve ever featured, and one of the bikes we most wished we had in our own garage. Now we’re thrilled to feature this incredible KTM Duke 390 adventure bike.
Moto Exotica is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, and the crew loves to ride in the mountains. At the time, there was no adventure bike over 150cc available in India, so Arjun decided to build his own. The goal was a “lightweight enduro traveler,” and Arjun says this is the most custom that Moto Exotica has ever produced. Chassis changes were substantial. The swingarm pivot had to be modified to accept the enduro suspension , and most of the bodywork is carbon fiber. The cooling system had to be upgraded, and the electronics modified.
Below, we get the full story from the man himself.
KTM Duke Scrambler / Enduro: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
Been building custom bikes professionally for the past 5 years, most of the times we work on vintage 2 strokes, and race bikes. We are located in the Himalayan foothills in India, Dehradun.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
KTM Duke 390 2014 year.
• Why was this bike built?
We love to travel on motorcycles. At the time we built this, no adventure travel motorcycle was sold in India over 150cc, hence we decided to build our own.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
The idea was to build a lightweight Enduro traveller. Something as potent as the modern 450, but with space for luggage, street legal, comfortable, and based off a locally produced motorcycle for easy maintenance.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
This is a long list, perhaps the most custom bike we have built so far. The complete rear chassis is rebuilt, changes to the swingarm pivot (to take the Enduro suspension). The dual gas tanks now hold 18 litres of fuel. A lot of carbon fibre, in fact all panels that includes the seat pan, bash plate too. There were a lot of electronic mods also for this build, while we were at it we also upgraded the cooling system to keep things cool on trails.
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
Yes, the engineering aspect of this project had to be spot on, and we managed to get it right. The enduro suspension works perfectly, the ergonomics are of a lightweight traveller.
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