KTM India recently launched the 2017 KTM Duke range in India, which includes the Duke 200, Duke 390 and the new addition Duke 250. Speaking to the media, when asked about the launch of bigger KTM bikes in India, Mr. Amit Nandi, President – Bajaj ProBiking, revealed that the company will not launch the middle-weight performance motorcycles like the Duke 690, upcoming Duke 790, the 1290 Super Duke, the KTM Adventure range and the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT in India in the immediate future. When asked further, he reasoned that the Indian market is not mature enough to launch higher capacity motorcycles in the country.
Mr. Nandi also revealed that to launch the bikes in India, the company will have to manufacture them in India with a competitive price tag. He further revealed that the higher engine capacity bikes will need robust service outlets and affordable after sales service to be successful in the market. While KTM India has not revealed the launch plans yet, the company did confirm that the bigger KTM bikes will be definitely launched in India as and when the time is right. It is expected that these motorcycles will be launched in India by the end of 2018 or early 2019. KTM India will soon start manufacturing parts of Husqvarna bikes in India, which will be exported to Europe.
KTM has been developing a new 800cc parallel twin engine that will be used on the upcoming KTM 790 Duke and the KTM 790 Adventure. According to KTM Boss Stefan Pierer, the engine on the 790 Duke will be the most powerful in the middleweight category and the new engine is expected to produce around 110 bhp of maximum power, while it will come mated to a slipper clutch assisted 6-speed gearbox. Media reports also suggest that parts for the KTM 790 Duke will be manufactured locally in India. It will be truly exciting to wait for these bikes.
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