KTM Duke 390 waiting period 90 days: Yet to arrive in showrooms for test drive
Bajaj Auto Limited, India’s second largest two wheeler manufacturer, launched the new KTM Duke 390 in Pune on Tuesday. Priced at Rs 1.8 lakhs ex-showroom, bookings are being accepted at an advance (towards full payment) of Rs 30,000. But, buyers are also being told that delivery period is a maximum of 90 days (or more if the strike at manufacturing plant continues).
The new 390 Duke, is on sale across a network of 71 KTM dealerships in the country. You can visit any of these showrooms, and book yourself one, but without taking a test drive, as test drives are not being offered currently because the showroom does not have a test bike. It will arrive in another 10-15 days. Deliveries too are yet to commence.
Just a day after Bajaj launched KTM Duke 390 in India, their workers at Chakan plant (where Duke 390, Duke 200, Duke 125 and others are being manufactured), went on strike and they continue to remain on strike until their demands are met. But, Bajaj management have no intention of meeting their demands, this could possibly mean that the strike could continue for a long period, and if that does happen, deliveries of the new 390 Duke, and others, will be affected.
Apart from selling the new Duke 390 in India, Bajaj will also be exporting the motorcycle to 80 countries across the globe. Powered by a 373cc single cylinder, 4 stroke, liquid cooled engine that delivers 43.5 PS at 9000 rpm and 35 Nm torque at 7000 rpm, Duke 390 has the highest power to weight ratio (300 PS/ton) in the segment. This makes the motorcycle a complete hooligan (in the words of Bajaj officials).
Total fuel tank capacity is at 10.2 liters while kerb weight is at 145 kgs. The KTM 390 possesses a host of premium features which include ABS, Metzeler tyres, aluminum swing arm and alloy aluminum wheels, all of which combine to make it highly competitive for racing both within city limits and on the highway.