2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R revealed in India
Austrian auto giant KTM has recently taken the veils off the 2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. the bike comes with a new chassis and three piece fuel tank.
It also gets revised internals to abide by the Euro-5 emission norms. The bodywork on the bike has also been upgraded for better ergonomics. There is no official news about the launch of this motorcycle here in India at this moment.
KTM 790 Duke launched in India
The KTM 790 Duke has been one of the most anticipated motorcycles in India for a very long time. The 79o Duke, nicknamed ‘The Scalpel’, was set to be launched in India within the first quarter of 2019. However, the plans got delayed due to homologation issues. After crossing a lot of hurdles, the motorcycle has finally been launched in India.
The 790 Duke is the flagship model for the company in the country now and has been priced at Rs.8.64 lakh (ex-showroom). However, at present only 100 units of the motorcycle have been launched in India which have been brought through CKD route. All these motorcycles are compliant to the BS-IV norms. Powering the street naked motorcycle is a 799 cc, parallel-twin engine that produces around 105 hp of max power and 86 Nm of peak torque. At present, it is the most powerful and most expensive motorcycle in the KTM line up offered in India. The motorcycle is equipped with a 43 mm, non-adjustable USD fork upfront and a pre-load monoshock in the rear end. Both the suspensions setups have been sourced from WP. The motorcycle also comes with a host of electronics which include a lean sensitive traction control, Bosch Cornering ABS which can be disengaged while using the SuperMoto mode, launch control, bi-directional quick shifter, and four riding modes including a customizable Track Mode. The dry weight of the motorcycle stands at just 169 kg. In terms of the price range and power band, the KTM 790 Duke will be locking its horns against the likes of the Suzuki GSX-S750, the Kawasaki Z900, Ducati Monster 821, and the Street Triple S. At present, the 790 Duke will be available in only 9 cities across India – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kolkata.
KTM starts delivering the RC 125
The KTM RC 125 was launched recently and has been priced at an introductory price of Rs.1.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). KTM dealerships across the country have started delivering the first batch of the RC 125.
Dealerships have said that the waiting period for the motorcycle is less than a week. The naked street version of the RC 125, the KTM Duke 125 was launched with an initial price tag of Rs.1.18 lakh. However, the price of the motorcycle has now been increased to Rs.1.30 lakh. Thus, it can be expected that the price of the RC 125 will also go up real soon. The margin of increase, however, cannot be speculated at the moment. The KTM RC 125 shares its engine with the Duke. Powering the motorcycle is a 124.7 cc, single-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine which juices out 14.5 hp of max power and 12 Nm of peak torque. Both the motorcycles also share the same hardware which handles the braking and suspension responsibilities. In terms of cosmetic appearance, the Indian-spec RC 125 is slightly different from the international model. It gets 2 liveries – black/orange and orange/white. It also sports an underbelly exhaust system as opposed to the side-mounted exhaust on the international model.
KTM 125 Duke price hike of more than Rs.6,800
Austrian auto giant, KTM has recently hiked the price of their most affordable and the youngest Duke in their lineup. The KTM 125 Duke has witnessed a price hike of Rs.6,835 and the e has witnessed a price hike of Rs.6,835 and the effective price of the motorcycle is Rs.1,24,998 now (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
The KTM 125 Duke follows the 200 Duke design line unlike the international model which is based on the 390 Duke design line. The Indian trim of the 125 Duke also gets redesigned decals to differentiate it from the 200 Duke. The motorcycle is powered by a 124.7 cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder, DOHC engine which is mated with a 6-speed gearbox. The engine produces about 14.5 hp of max power at 9,250 rpm and about 12 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. The motorcycle also borrows the underpinnings from the 200 Duke. It is built on a trellis frame and the suspension duties are taken care of by a 43 mm USD fork upfront and an adjustable monoshock in the rear end. It also features a single channel ABS unit which is seen on the 200 Duke as well. It is the most powerful motorcycle in the 125 cc segment, however, the price tag with which it is being offered, makes the motorcycle compete against bigger players such as the Apache RTR 200 4V ABS, the Yamaha MT-15, and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200.
Transformation of KTM Duke to a segment leader
The KTM Duke, when introduced, was the first street bike that the company built. It was unlike the racing bikes and off-road vehicles that were introduced until then. This bike was initially in the range of midline single cylinder engine bikes with 609 cc displacement. It was, however, the quickest among its competitors at that time.
The bold stance of the KTM Duke made it appear more like an adventure bike. The orange and black theme that adorned the bike at the time of its launch is still intact.
The vehicle is a grand success in the Indian motorcycle space. The Duke is one of the best options for road racing or rallying. The 690 Duke is the latest bike in this range.
7 July 2018
KTM RC 200 released in a new black variant at Rs.1.77 lakh
KTM RC 200 is released in the Indian market in an all-new black colour scheme. The new colour variant of this bike is available at Rs.1.77 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) which is similar to its existing white-coloured model. The latest black-coloured model of the RC 200 is almost identical to the KTM RC 390 model. Both of them are having shiny black bodywork, trellis frames, orange wheels, and same-styled decals. The single visible difference between both the versions is the colour schemes of the decals and the inner fairing. While the fairing of the RC 390 is orange in colour, the RC 200 has got a white fairing. Coming to the decals, the RC 390 has received an orange colour while the RC 200 sports white colour. Apart from the colour inversions, the bike hasn't received any mechanical revamps. It is powered by the existing single-cylinder liquid-cooled 199.5cc motor which can deliver 25.8hp of power and 19.2 Nm of torque. As far as its braking is concerned, this bike has received a large 300mm front disc and a 230mm rear disc. However, it still doesn't have an Anti-lock braking system (ABS).
6 July 2018
KTM 390 Duke in list of most searched bikes
India’s two-wheeler industry has evolved from a need based sector to a performance based industry, offering a number of performance bikes to cater to increased demand. One of the most popular bikes in this category, the KTM 390 Duke finds itself in a list of the most searched bikes in the country, edging out other performance bikes. An extremely popular bike among the youth, the 390 Duke is powered by a 373cc liquid cooled engine, offering enhanced performance to riders. A 6 speed gearbox and dynamic looks make this one of the most sought after bikes in the market.
30 May 2016