It is a highly acknowledged fact that the KTM 200 Duke and the bigger KTM 390 Duke have managed to leave their mark on the ever expanding Indian bike market. Both these bikes have enabled KTM India to consolidate its position as a maker of world-class bikes that offer class leading performance at competitive prices.
However, KTM India is in no mood to rest on its laurels and the onslaught of new bikes from KTM India haven’t ceased with the launch of the Duke 390. Instead, what’s coming our way is an entire range of new KTM models that promise to change the face of performance biking in the country.
The good chaps at Bike India report that Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM, has revealed the company’s plan for Indian market. He has confirmed that the bike maker plans to come up with new variants, new engines and new models altogether.
KTM RC 200 India launch is expected to happen along with that of the RC390, which will happen in mid 2014. Basically, the RC200 will be a fully faired Duke, albeit, with sportier ergonomics and performance. The RC200 will be powered by the Duke’s DOHC single cylinder 200cc engine that makes a max power of 26 PS. The bike will sport a rigid trellis frame and USD front forks.
Akin to RC200, the KTM RC 390 is a fully faired 390 Duke that offers a sportier performance. KTM RC390 could have a max power of 43 Bhp and other than a full front fairing, the bike will also have clip-on handlebars and split seats. The RC variant might also have a stiffer suspensio setup in favor of better handling and track manners. KTM RC 390 India launch could happen in mid 2014!
Following these launches, KTM is expected to commence manufacturing of a new engine in India. It certainly won’t be the first time that KTM would use the Indian facility for manufacturing an engine. We have already seen them producing 125cc, 200cc and 390cc engines that power the entry level Duke motorcycles. The next engine that the manufacturer will produce in India would be a 500cc twin. Also in pipeline is an 800cc twin cylinder motor. These engines are likely to power the speculated ‘500 Duke’ and a ‘790’ model.
KTM 390 Adventure
Also coming our way is the KTM 390 Adventure, which is basically a 390 Duke with a more rugged suspension, dual-purpose tyres and a larger fuel tank. We can already see this bike ruling the Raid de Himalaya! Also, local manufacturing and high components sharing with the 390 Duke means we can expect a killer price tag.
KTM 1190 Adventure
KTM has also planned to launch the 1190 Adventure in India. The 1190 is the world’s first bike with Motorcycle Stability Control from Bosch. Some say that the highly capable 1290 Super Duke R could also follow sometime after the launch of the 1190 but there is no official word from KTM on this, not yet.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates on KTM India‘s activity!