KTM RC390 Confirmed For EICMA; India Debut In 2014

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Good news for motorcycle enthusiasts in India. The Austrian bike maker has three new models planned, almost all of which will come to India. After the global success of the Duke naked bike series, the next phase will see fully faired bikes being launched.

KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer, in an interview with CycleNews, has now confirmed what was already being spoken about. The launch of the RC series. Three new bikes belonging to the RC series will be showcased at the 2013 EICMA show during the later part of the year.

The three new bikes will be the RC390, RC200 and the RC125. All three bikes are expected to sport engines from their respective Duke series counterparts.

Like the previous KTM bikes, the new bikes from the RC series will first make their debut the EICMA show in Milan at the end of this year. The bikes will then be launched in 2014, first in Europe, followed soon by India.

The RC125 will definitely take the route of the Duke 125 and will only be launched in Europe.

All bikes will be manufactured in India by Bajaj at its Chakan plant, meaning prices will be extremely competitive. The fully faired RC 390 and RC 200 are expected to cost only slightly more than their naked counterparts.

The much awaited Duke 390 recently received a press launch in its home country Austria, where it sports a slightly stiffer suspensions and better tyres. Expect the Duke 390 to be launched in India in a few weeks time.

But let us not forget about Bajaj, which partly owns KTM. Speaking during a press event Bajaj Auto MD Rajiv Bajaj said the company will introduce two new Pulsar models. One of them, as we all know, will be the model sporting the engine from the KTM Duke 390. The other, Mr. Bajaj said, will actually be a model that will sit below the Pulsar 200NS.

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