The KTM 200 Duke changed the entry-level performance motorcycle market scenario after its launch in 2012. Powerful engine, aggressive styling and a complete chick-magnet – the 200 Duke won many hearts in a short span of time. About a year later, KTM introduced 200s bigger sibling, the 390 Duke. Priced at Rs 2,07,000 (on-road Mumbai), the 390 Duke was a pocket rocket in real sense.
However, we are yet to taste the bigger pedigree offered by the Austrian manufacturer across the globe. Although KTM showcased its racing bred superbike, RC8 at its promotional events and at its showrooms across the country, the company did not put it up for sale.
Now, KTM has yet again disappointed the motorcycle enthusiasts by keeping it most extreme naked sports motorcycle, 1290 Super Duke R, away from Indian market. But there are still hopes for the Indian motorcycling enthusiasts to witness this motorcycle as KTM officially launched it in Indonesia. The bike is priced at 475 million Indonesian Rupiah which works out to Rs 23.60 lakh. No official statement has been released by the company on the India launch though.
Indonesian market shares, more or less, same characteristics as the Indian market. Most of the product introduced in Indonesia make their way into the Indian car market and vice-versa.
Powering the 1290 Super Duke R is a 1.3-litre 75-degree twin engine that churns out 180bhp and 144Nm of torque. This power propels the 1290 Super Duke R to a speed of 200km/h in just 7.2 seconds (yes, you read it correct). But this does not mean that it will burn a hole in your pocket. Along with low fuel consumption, what make 1290 Super Duke R a very practical machine is its service interval of 15,000 kms.
We hope KTM understands the need of Indian motorcycling enthusiasts and introduces the 1290 Super Duke R soon to over here as well.
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