When it comes to making performance motorcycles in India, Bajaj ranks among the top few. The Pune based bike making company spread the venom of performance bikes in India with the Pulsar series. Unlike others, Bajaj knew that the only way it can retain its position is by launching fresh bikes with cutting edge technology.
When it bought stakes in KTM motorcycles, the trade pundits were clueless. Many decided to mock the decision on Bajaj going for a company which is not very popular when it comes to making motorcycles for mundane use. The Duke 200 was a slap on such faces. Not only did it surprise all with the looks and technology, the pricing of it was simply fantastic.
Coming to the modern day launch, the KTM Duke 390 was the most anticipated bike launch in the country. There were strong speculations of it being priced close to Rs.2.25 lakhs but then Bajaj has left all baffled with an introductory price of Rs.1.80 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi).
The 390 Duke combines 43.5 Ps of serious power, 35 Nm of unmatched torque, agile handling, and a host of premium features like ABS, Metzeler tyres, aluminum swing arm, aluminum alloy wheels and many more making it a powerful bike ideal for both racing as also city and highway rides. At 373.2cc the 390 Duke would also be the first midsize sports bike in the country. It will be sold and serviced exclusively through 71 exclusive KTM Showrooms & Service centres, the country’s largest network exclusive for premium motorcycles.
As with all KTM’s the 390 Duke would boast of an impressive power/weight ratio of 300 Ps/tone unmatched by motorcycles from segments higher or lower than the 390 Duke. Such power-weight ratio would give the bike impressive pick-up, top speed and maneuverability. Styled on the lines of the bigger KTM Dukes the 390 Duke also comes with a radical and sharp design – A TRUE BLUE KTM.
On the occasion of the launch Mr. Amit Nandi, Vice President Bajaj Probiking said “With its powerful engine, light weight and easy handling the 390 Duke will be equally rewarding both for the professional rider as well as the enthusiast. KTM is a sharply differentiated brand which in a short span of time is the largest selling premium motorcycle brand in India. This position would be further strengthened with the launch of the 390 Duke.” Bookings for the bike would commence from 26th June 2013.