Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM is set to launch its new range of motorcycles in India. The first model introduced in the country was the Duke 200 back in 2012. The new models will refresh the current product lineup.
KTM revealed the 2017 Duke 390 at the 2016 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. The motorcycle gets new design cues inspired from its elder sibling, the 1290 Super Duke.
The motorcycle gets new split headlamp with LED inserts, new and bigger fuel tank with long extensions. The ignition key slot has been moved to fuel tank.
The 390 Duke gets full-size exhaust can which replaces the quirky underbelly exhaust. Although the motorcycle does not get an upgrade in terms of power. The engine remains the same 373.2cc unit producing 44bhp of power.
Other changes to the motorcycle include - ride-by-wire throttle, full-colour TFT instrument cluster and optional MY RIDE multimedia interface. It is expected that the Duke 390 will be launched in January and deliveries will commence from April 2017.
KTM will also launch the 2017 Duke 200 in India by mid-2017. The Duke 200 also gets the edgier design like its elder sibling Duke 390. But the motorcycle misses out on the split headlamp.
Although headlamp has been reworked to give it a sharper look. The instrument cluster and throttle system remain same as Duke 390. The 200cc engine produces 26bhp which is a slight improvement in power output.
Another weapon from KTM's armory will be the new 390 Adventure. Yes, Bajaj and KTM are working on an entry segment adventure tourer motorcycle for the Indian market. The adventure motorcycle will be based on the new Duke 390.
All the mechanical components will be shared from the Duke 390. The adventure motorcycle will be slotted in KTM's Travel Enduro Family. When launched it will be pitted against the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
It is expected that KTM will showcase the next-gen RC 390 at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show in November. It will be launched in India right after its debut. As per reports, the motorcycle will get new features but the engine specs will remain the same.