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TVS BMW K03 naked bike spied, to rival KTM Duke 390, Kawasaki Z250 / Z300

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BMW Motorrad and TVS came together last year and inked a joint venture agreement to develop and produce sub-500 cc small displacement motorcycles, which will be manufactured at TVS’ Chennai plant and distributed locally and around the world.

TVS-BMW-K03 naked bike spied front
Details of their projects were not revealed but it was believed that first product will be a 300 cc naked bike, followed by a GS style adventure model sharing same platform and engine.

Now, the first-ever spy shots offer real good insight on the bike. The test mule features KTM Duke 390 like headlamp and visor assembly, single disc brake upfront, inverted telescopic fork, alloy wheels wearing premium Michelin tyres (looks like Pilot Road 2 – dual compound Sport Touring tyre), large radiator, sizeable tank extensions, high ground clearance, rear disc brake, side slung exhaust and painful pillion seat. Overall, TVS BMW K03 is highly reminiscent of the aforementioned Austrian naked bike.

TVS-BMW-K03 naked bike spied rear
Recently, based on Indian import/export log, codename of the TVS BMW motorcycle was identified to be K03. The characters in the codename is considered to support the belief that it is indeed a 300 cc bike.

Powering the TVS BMW K03 seems to be a four-stroke water-cooled single-cylinder 300 cc engine, which according to the photographer had back-to-front oriented cylinder, with exhaust pipe sprouting towards the rear (similar to the design seen in Yamaha YZ450F).

Spy shots – VisorDown