Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, KTM showcased RC 250 and Duke 250 at Tokyo Motorcycle Show in March this year, which was also their global premiere. Now, less than two months later, KTM’s Indian partner, Bajaj has started full scale exports of these two new bikes.
With production of KTM Duke 250 and RC250 underway at the Bajaj-KTM Chakan plant, Pune, exports to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Turkey have commenced. Sales in other international markets will get underway later this year. The confirmation on whether or not these two bikes will be on sale in India is still uncertain.
As per Zauba, about 376 units of the 250 twins have been exported between 3rd April 2015 to 1st May 2015.
Elder sibling of KTM Duke 200, Duke 250 weighs a total of 139 kgs and is built on a Trellis frame. It is powered by a 248.8cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine offering peak power of 30.7 bhp at 9000 rpm and 24 Nm torque at 7250 rpm mated to a 6 speed transmission. The engine also uses power assisted slipper clutch with anti hopping technology. With seat height at 800 mm and ground clearance at 170mm the KTM Duke 250 is both comfortable and stable to drive while it is ideal for tacking all sorts of terrains. To launch in Japan in June this year, price of the KTM Duke 250 is at (JPY) 550,000 Yen (INR 2.88 lakhs).
RC 250 weighs 147 kgs and is also built on a Trellis frame and shares the same engine with the KTM Duke 250. Sharing other features with the KTM Duke 250, RC 250 receives ABS as standard and runs on Metzeler tyres. Pricing is higher than the Duke 250 at (JPY) 620,000 Yen (INR 3.25 lakhs).