If rumours are to be believed then KTM is planning to launch its Duke 390 by the second quarter of 2017. Apparently, it has already shipped two of its prototypes to India to Bajaj, for advance tool planning for production purposes. It is believed that the Duke 390 will be manufactured locally in India at the Bajaj plant in Pune. If this actually does happen, then it would mean that the KTM bikes would be more affordable to the Indian buyers. This could be the company’s strategy to soar its sales in India.
Indian customs documents reveal that two prototypes listed as “390 Duke MY17” have been shipped to India “for R&D purposes.” It has details of the engine and frame numbers.
There are no concrete details about how the new bike would look, what would be its engine like, or what would be its cost. Nevertheless, there are speculations that the bike would retain its traditional bare, off-road-bike look while an upgrade on the engine could be expected. The Duke 390 is believed to be in the advanced design stage and that the production line has already started preparations for the large scale manufacture of the bike.
Stemming from KTM’s new vogue of showcasing its off-springs in Milan, rumour has it that the Duke 390 could be seen at the EICMA later this year, which is the biggest event in the world of 2 wheelers.
Author: Swapna Dilip Rasal