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.