Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Ready To Race: KTM Duke 390 Launched in India With ABS For Rs 1.8 Lakhs

The day which motorcycle enthusiasts have been waiting since a long time is finally here. Bajaj Auto and KTM have launched the pocket-rocket Duke 390 motorcycle in India today. The KTM Duke 390 is available in 60 cities across 71 KTM dealerships (75 service centres). Bookings start tomorrow, the 26th of June. This locally produced bike will make its way into domestic markets following which the company has planned exports to other parts of the globe. A large number of parts from Duke 125 and 200 will make its way into Duke 390.

After launching the bike Mr. Amit Nandi, Vice President Bajaj Probiking said “With its powerful engine, light weight and easy handling the 390 Duke will be equally rewarding both for the professional rider as well as the enthusiast. KTM is a sharply differentiated brand which in a short span of time is the largest selling premium motorcycle brand in India. This position would be further strengthened with the launch of the 390 Duke.”

The Duke 390 weighs 154 kgs (145 kgs without fuel) and KTM has made colour changes to distinguish it from its younger sibling, the Duke 200. The 390 Duke comes with an orange coloured steel trellis frame with orange alloy wheels.

The 390 Duke, though made in India, will be launched in all the markets KTM has a presence in, and the company has left no stone unturned to make this bike exciting. The naked bike will plug a hole in KTMs arsenal between its 200cc bike and the 600cc+ bikes, and take on competition such as the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Honda CBR 250R etc.

The 390 Duke looks pretty similar to its smaller cousin, the 200 Duke, and that is not a coincidence. It does have many parts similar to that of the 200 Duke, but things like the frame, gearbox and engine (obviously) are new. Because so many parts are shared between the two bikes, the 390 Duke weighs only about 15 kg more than the 200 Duke at 145 kg.

The KTM Duke 390 is powered by a 373.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine which produces 43.5 PS of peak power at 9000 RPM and 35 Nm of peak torque at 7000 RPM, coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. KTM hasn’t re-tuned the Duke 390′s engine for India. The global version of the KTM 390 Duke produces peak power and peak torque at higher RPMs, 9500 RPM and 7250 RPM respectively. The difference in figures is because Bajaj-KTM have published ARAI figures in India. The seat height is 800 mm (the Duke 200 has a seat height of 810 mm) and the tank capacity is 10.2-litres. ABS (made by Bosch) is standard on the Duke 390 and can be switched off with a press of a button. The Duke 390 uses German Metzeler tyres.

The exhaust sits under the bike, and has a gruff bass tone to it, it also helps keeping the centre of gravity of the bike low. The most significant change is the sixth gear- it is very long – this helps the bike to cruise at three-figure speeds without it screaming like a banshee and wearing the rider out, while the shorter initial gears give the bike brisk acceleration. The bike can go from standstill to a 100 KMPH in around five seconds! The 390 Duke can go on to hit a top speed of 160 KMPH.

The bike which comes close to the KTM 390 Duke in terms of power delivered is the Kawasaki Ninja 300, it produces 38 BHP of power from a 296 cc engine and costs Rs 3.5 lakh. The KTM 390 Duke meanwhile produces 43 BHP of power from a 373cc engine and it Come For Half of Price
Compare To Kawasaki Ninja 300. While CBR Some Series Come Without ABS and Duke 390 comes with ABS which is Very Helpful in Driving.

Watch Below Official Video Of  KTM Duke 390

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KTM has already started exports of the Duke 390 and the motorcycle will be shipped to Japan soon. Bajaj Auto has no plans to raise stake in KTM anytime soon. KTM has overtaken BMW Motorrad in overall yearly sales and their next target is to overtake Harley-Davidson which produces 2 lakh units per annum. KTM aims for poll position, both in sales and on the race track. No time frame has been given about when the introductory price will be stopped.

Bajaj Next Launch Will Be Pulsar 375 which Report Says Will be Priced Aggressively  about 1.5 Lakhs. Well the Price point will not be Difficult For Bajaj as we have seen KTM Duke 200 priced at 1.17 Lakhs and Bajaj Launched Pulsar 200NS for Rs 80,000 so Now we can expect this price tag for Pulsar 375.

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