During the launch of Duke 390 earlier today in Pune, officials from Bajaj and KTM explained how this new motorcycle will bring an enormous change to the premium two wheeler segment. The manufacturers expect to attract buyers from all the premium motorcycle segment (and even some from small car segment).
The Duke 390 was compared with the likes of Royal Enfield tourer motorcycles 350 Thunderbird, and 500 Classic, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Hyosung 650 GT R, Harley Davidson Iron 883, Yamaha R15, Honda CBR 250 R, KTM Duke 200, and Honda CBR 150 R during the media presentation. Barring a few (like Harley Davidson and Hyosung), the Duke 390 was a clear winner, but when you compare price, the new KTM 390 wins all the way.
Bookings open tomorrow morning, and as this is an introductory price, Bajaj is probably expecting a lot of you at their 71 KTM showrooms across India. It was not revealed, for how long the introductory price will remain valid. But, expect it to be based no the demand. Which we think is going to be high, and that means, the introductory offer won’t last long.
Speaking about a Pulsar 350 or 400, Bajaj/KTM officials had the same answer, “As this is a KTM event, we cannot talk about Bajaj or Pulsar.” No more color options are on offer, this is the only color (see images) you will get. Speaking about future launches, Bajaj says that they are ready to introduce new and powerful models, but as the market has not evolved to that level, they will wait for the right time for launching even powerful (like Duke 690 and so on) variants. Other offerings in the Duke brand (not offered in India) include, 125, 690, and 990. For more information, scroll through the news release below, and more images could be found here.
KTM 390 Duke Launched
Powerful & Versatile motorcycle to create midsizesports bike Segment
71 Exclusive KTM stores to start bookings from 26th June
Pune, 25 June, 2013: Bajaj Auto Ltd., today announced the launch of the highly anticipated, KTM 390 Duke. The KTM 390 Duke is the second KTM offering in the Indian market from the Bajaj-KTM partnership.
The 390 Duke combines43.5 Ps of serious power, 35 Nm of unmatchedtorque,agile handling, and a host of premium features like ABS, Metzelertyres, aluminum swing arm, aluminum alloy wheelsand many more making it a powerful bike ideal for both racing as also cityand highway rides. At 373.2cc the 390 Duke would also be the first midsize sports bike in the country. It will be sold and serviced exclusively through 71 exclusive KTM Showrooms& Service centres, the country’s largest network exclusive for premium motorcycles.
As with all KTM’s the 390 Duke would boast of an impressive power/weight ratio of 300 Ps/tone unmatched by motorcycles from segments higher or lower than the 390 Duke. Such power-weight ratio would give the bike impressive pick-up, top speed and maneuverability. Styled on the lines of the bigger KTM Dukes the 390 Duke also comes with a radical and sharp design – A TRUE BLUE KTM.
On the occasion of the launch 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 KTM 390 Duke has been launched at an introductory price of Rs. 1.80 Lacs- Ex Showroom Delhi. Bookings for the bike would commence from 26th June 2013.
KTM 390 Duke Technical Specifications
|ENGINEType||373.2 CC single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled|
|Power||43.5PS @ 9000 RPM|
|Torque||35 NM @ 7000 RPM|
|Fuel Intake||Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)|
|CHASSISFrame||Steel Trellis frame|
|Fork||WP Suspension Up Side Down 150 mm travel|
|Shock absorber||WP Monoshock 150 m travel|
|Brake system Front||300 mm Disc brake with four-pot brake calliper|
|Brake system Rear||230mm Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs|
|Chain||5/8 x 1/4” (520) X-Ring|
|Steering head angle||65°|
|Wheel base||1,367±15 mm|
|Ground clearance (unloaded)||165 mm|
|Seat height (unloaded)||800 mm|
|Total fuel tank capacity approx.||10.2 litres|
|Weight without fuel approx.||145 kg|