KTM updates its RC 200 and 390 motorcycles for 2017
KTM is having a ball in the Indian two-wheeler industry with all its products smashing the competition right out of the ballpark. They have been the epitome of thrill and fun being experienced on two wheels, especially for the young riders entering the arena.
The brand launched the RC editions of the Duke series in 2014 and gave it full fairings and a different riding dynamics to their Duke counterparts. It handled much sharper and gave the rider better confidence due to the more sporty riding position than the upright in the Duke.
There is hardly any fault regarding the overall packaging of KTM with their RC and its approach towards performance-oriented segments of motorcycles. But, KTM believes in remaining at the top of the podium. Which is why, KTM has given their RC series an update, which now has better visual cues and better mechanical equipment, thus making it compliant to Euro-4 and BS-IV norms.
KTM To Launch RC200 & RC390 In India On 19th January 2017
KTM officially announced that they will be launching the 2017 RC200 and RC390 in India on 19th January 2017. The RC series motorcycles gets some minor cosmetic updates which comes in the form of new colour updates. While the more powerful RC390 gets some mechanical upgrades as well.
The KTM RC390 gets a slightly bigger 300 mm disc brakes towards the front and a completely new side mounted exhaust system which has been constructed of lightweight materials to keep the overall weight down. The RC390 is still powered by the same 373 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled engine which is capable of producing about 44 ps of peak power and 36 Nm of torque. The torque amount has been increased by 1 Nm. The engine is still paired to the same 6 speed gearbox.
The RC200 on the other hand is still powered by the 199.5 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled unit which is capable of producing about 25 Bhp of peak power and around 19 Nm of torque. This engine too is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. There has been no mechanical changes made to the RC200 engine however expect both the engine to be complaint to the BSIV emission norms.
New 2017 KTM Duke 390 Spied Once Again On Indian Soil!
The motorcycle is already launched in the markets of US and Europe and now it’s almost time for its India launch. We are talking about the much awaited new generation KTM Duke 390. The motorcycle was already quite being tested on the Indian road. But this is the latest spy pictures of the motorcycle available at this moment. Although the motorcycle is strictly covered in heavy camouflage but its unique shape does not hide away the fact that this is actually the upcoming 2017 KTM Duke 390.
The motorcycle was first unveiled at the 2016 EICMA show and apart from being sharper and more responsive the Duke 390 also gets plenty of new exciting hardware as well. To begin with the Duke 390 gets a completely redesigned headlamp cluster which features LED lights; the instrument cluster too is all new and looks bigger than the older unit. It also gets a new exhaust system which has replaced the underbelly unit seen on its predecessor. The new generation Duke 390 also gets a chiselled and sharper looking fuel tank. Some other hardware which are carried over from its predecessor include the upside down front forks and the rear monoshock unit. For the safety of the occupants the Duke 390 gets Abs as standard.
Powering the new generation Duke 390 is the same old 373 cc single cylinder fuel injected, liquid cooled unit which produces exactly the same 44 Ps of power and 37 Nm of torque (the torque amount has increased by 2 percent).The engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. The new engine with the new exhausts system is actually BSIV compliant.
New 2017 KTM RC200 & KTM RC390 Brochure Leaked Reveals New Details
All of you should be well aware of the fact that KTM is all set to unveil the new Duke series along with the updated RC series in India towards the first half of 2017. Motoroids was able to get their hands on the leaked brochure of both the new RC series motorcycles.
Both the RC 200 as well as the RC390 will get a completely new paint scheme, while the more powerful RC variant amongst the duo will also get the ride by wire throttle system which will be carried over from the new Duke 390. Besides the ride by wire throttle system the RC390 also gets a completely new exhaust system which also gets a stainless steel underfloor pre-silencer and a rear aluminium absorption silencer containing the catalytic converter which has helped in reducing the overall weight. However compared to the earlier motorcycle the updated RC390 gains little more weight. The RC390 now weighs 170 kilograms which is actually 4 kilograms more than the current motorcycle.
Now the slightly less powerful RC200 continues with the same underbelly exhaust. However the sports motorcycle gets an updated graphics. The rear pillion seat on the other hand 12 mm thicker than in the old motorcycle. The motorcycle also gets a new Orange and White paint scheme.
Coming to the powertrains the RC390 gets the same 373.3 cc single cylinder liquid cooled, fuel injected unit. This engine is capable of producing about 43.5 PS of maximum power at 9,000 rpm and 36 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine is coupled to a 6 speed gearbox. Although the engine hasn’t received any power upgrade but the torque amount has increased by 1 percent.
2017 KTM Duke 390 Caught Testing On Indian Road After Official Unveiling
KTM unveiled the new Duke 390 at the EICMA motorcycle show and after its unveiling the motorcycle was caught testing for the first time on the Indian road courtesy Rushlane. Expect this new generation Duke to arrive in India by the first half of 2017.
Apart from some cosmetic change the new Duke 390 also gets some mechanical updates as well which comes in form of the powertrain getting EUROIV norms in Europe while in India it will get the BSIV update. The Duke 390 continues to be powered by the same 373cc, liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine which is capable of producing about 44 Hp of peak power and 37 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to the 6 speed gearbox.
The Duke390 has been fitted with upside down forks and same monoshock suspension setup. While to bring it to a stop the Duke 390 gets 320 mm disc brakes towards the front and 240 mm disc brakes towards the rear. The Duke390 gets a duel channel ABS setup as standard. In terms of new additions the updated streetfighter gets full LED headlamp setup complete with an all integrated LED daytime running lamps, a completely new digital instrument cluster and more aggressive styling and also the inclusion of ride by wire throttle for the first time.
KTM 390 Adventure spotted testing
It is not a new news that KTM is developing a small displacement adventure travel/enduro series of motorcycle. And it has a very high possibility of it coming to the Indian shores.The web is now flooded with images of KTM testing their newest creation on roads and a few grabbed our attention too. Spied somewhere in Europe, these images have surfaced just after BMW and Kawasaki unveiled the G 310GS and the Versys-X 300 and both these machines are headed to India in 2017 and looking to create a niche to the whole segment that is currently only filled by the Royal Enfield Himalayan and maybe the Mahindra Mojo
Now, these images are proof that KTM is testing their prototypes on the road. With exposed frame welds, flat sheet plastic zip-tied bodywork and an information-gathering module in place of the instrument panel, this is clearly far from still hitting the production line. What is more interesting is that this test mule is not running on the same KTM Duke 390 mill as we all thought. .
KTM RC16 production racer with 240 bhp is coming in 2018
KTM is the brand new entry to the MotoGP championships and are touted to participate from the 2017-18 season. The Austrian company started developing their MotoGP spec motorcycle, the RC16, more than a year back and the company successfully conducted the tests by participating at this year’s Valencia GP in Spain.
From the very first day, KTM never made it a secret that the literal "Ready to Race" motto machine KTM RC16 will also be offered to the ’admiring the sport’ customers too.
So This Is What The KTM 790 Duke Prototype Is Capable Of: Video
KTM showcased the 790 Duke prototype along with the updated Duke range at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle show. The new prototype gets a 800 cc parallel twin-cylinder engine which has been bolted to the lightweight and extremely agile steel frame chassis. Reports are that that this new powertrain will also be shared with Husqvarna bikes as well. This new motorcycle will actually help in closing the gap in between the 690 Duke and the flagship offering 1290 Duke.
The production variant of the motorcycle is expected to debut in the year 2017. Although the power output details are not out yet but some reports states that the new powertrain will produce around 85 to 90 Ps of peak powr and will be paired to a 6 speed gearbox. The motorcycle will also get many modern technologies like ride by wire throttle and traction control as well.
Now watch what the rider actually does with the 790 Duke prototype, the motorcycle will get sharp handling characteristics, cornering ability and off course straight line stability at high speeds.
Although there are no details whether the production version of this middleweight monster will hit the Indian shores or not but if it does it will definitely be not before the year 2019 for sure.
Watch How The 2017 Duke 390 Handles Corners In This New Promo: Video
KTM unveiled the second generation Duke 390 recently at the 2016 EICMA motorcycle show. This streetfighter has received a complete overhaul in terms of overall design however what is disappointing is the fact that the motorcycle hasn’t actually received any change in terms of powertrain. As a result the new Duke 390 is still powered by the same 373.2 cc single cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected unit, this unit is capable of producing about 44 ps of peak power 37 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox while the new Duke also gets the slipper clutch as well. There is also a new ride by wire throttle system added for the first time in this baby Duke which provides different riding modes. For the safety of the rider the Duke 390 also gets a duel channel ABS setup as well.
As far as some other changes are concerned KTM has actually decided to reduce the overall wheelbase of the new motorcycle by almost 10 mm which has made the motorcycle more nimble machine. The result of that change is clearly visible in this new promo video of the Duke 390 where the motorcycle attacks corner quite efficiently. What else is also new is the headlamps that’s right the Duke 390 has received a full LED headlamps for the first time, while it also has received a new TFT instrument cluster as well. All these styling changes have actually made the motorcycle appear more aggressive than the earlier variant.
The promo video of the Duke 390 shows the rider is riding his motorcycle and taking on the corners with ease.
Expect the all new 2017 KTM Duke 390 to hit the Indian market in 2017 and it will be priced slightly higher than the existing variant.
2017 KTM Duke 390 vs Yamaha YZF-R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300
Buckle up because it is going to be a wild ride. 2017 will see the launch of the brand new KTM Duke 390 that is said to wipe out the competition. The Australian company decided to give the already successful KTM Duke 390 a revamp and what we’ve noticed is that the naked version is up for a spotlight rather than the full faired RC edition. It made its global debut at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show in Italy and post its debut, will make way into the Indian market in 2017.
The Yamaha YZF-R3 was released in 2016 and it made the rest of the 300cc line-up shake by winning the coveted Bike of the year for 2016 and it threatened the rule of the RC 390 as well because of its all-round package. Then there was the Kawasaki Ninja 300 which although it was trumped by the other two in many categories it has earned the reputation of being a reliable, well built, and refined offering in this class.
All the three motorcycles have had a condescending effect on the Indian 2 wheeler market and they got in the fresh breed of entry level fully flaired performance motorcycles to blaze the much needed thrilling experience to enthusiasts and purists. Now with speculations running high of the Duke 390 Facelift, it will definitely try to bring havoc in the sales of its competition and make motorcyclist get into a realm of more content and less bitter.
KTM Duke 390 vs Benelli TNT 300
If you are a nineties kid or a youngster from the nineties, remember the times when we used to dream about our first bike? Though, our wishes and hearts allowed only the most premium and sporty motorcycle available in the market to go for. There was a time in the early beginning of the 21st century, when the particular segment of 150cc motorcycles used to be the most perennial one, as those were the motorcycles which used to trigger the strings of the hearts for being the most ‘powerful’ motorcycles available in the market to satisfy our hunger for performance.
However, the tables have turned and with the progress which the Indian two wheeler industry has been witnessing in terms of maturity, customer awareness and inflow of money, different manufacturers have started experimenting with different kinds of segments. One such experiment was conducted by KTM back in 2013, when it introduced the Duke 390 in India. With the Duke 390, KTM initiated the segment of 200-400cc entry level performance motorcycling, with which it created new records, owing to the fantastic price to package ratio which the Duke 390 offered. It was the Duke 390 which offered the thrills of riding a big bike without being too intimidating.
Witnessing the success of the Duke 390, many new manufacturers started their onslaughts in the middleweight segment of motorcycles. One such name is Benelli, a relatively new and unknown name for the Indian market. This bike maker from Italy started its Indian operations with its entire lineup, ranging from the TNT 300 to the range topping TNT 1190 R. Though in today’s time, the single cylinder TNT 25 is the most affordable motorcycle from Benelli, it was the TNT 300 which used to hold the tag before the advent of the former.
Both the Duke 390 as well as TNT 300 seem to be similar in size, but then there are some differences which set them apart. On paper, the single cylinder Duke 390 is more powerful from the twin cylinder TNT 300. With so much similarity in size and proximity in price range, currently the Duke 390 and TNT 300 are the only two viable competitors in the 200-400cc performance segment. The question arises that which one of the two offers itself as a better package over the other. Here’s our comprehensive comparison review to find out:-
KTM To Introduce New Duke 390 In January 2017
According to the latest report on Motorbeam KTM has perhaps plans to launched the new and updated Duke 390 in India on January 2017. The bookings for the new 2017 model will also begin from later of January 2017. However the deliveries will only commence from March 2017 onward.
The main reason for such quick launch here is India definitely being the production hub for the Duke 125, 200, 250 and also the 390. The new model was introduced globally and thus there is no more need for Bajaj Auto to keep manufacturing or keeping the old model alive. We are sure that KTM will adjust the production by discussing with the dealers. However you can expect long waiting periods for this particular model.
If we talk about changes then surely the new Duke 390 has received quite a few of them the first and the foremost being how it looks. The updated Duke390 gets a completely new much more aggressive styling. This is also the first time that it has received an all new LED daytime signature lamps alongside LED headlamps; the new Streetfighter has also received a completely new TFT instrument cluster as well. For the first time ever the new Duke390 has also received ride by wire throttle system as well. The Duke390 has also received a bigger 13.4 Litre fuel tank and also padded seats.
As far as the engine is concerned KTM has decided to retain the same 373.2 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder unit which produces about 32 kW (44 hp) at 9,000 rpm and 37 Nm of torque 7,000 rpm, and it’s paired to a 6-speed transmission. KTM has decided to upgrade the engine to make it Euro IV compliant.
For the safety of the riders there is also a duel channel ABS system as well. Expect the pricing of the new Duke390 to atleast 20, 000 more than the outgoing motorcycle.