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This is how KTM made the day for an al-Qaeda survivor.

This is how KTM made the day for an al-Qaeda survivor.

The man was held captive since 2011 and was released a couple of months ago.

Imagine you are going on a motorcycle tour from one country to another and you get abducted by the world’s biggest terror organisation, al-Qaeda, in an unknown country and are held captive for six years.

That is exactly what happened to a Swedish national, Johan Gustafsson and a few others while he was on a motorcycle trip from Sweden to South Africa in 2011. Now, after his release, he is being donated a brand new adventure motorcycle by his loved ones.

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Here is KTM explaining safety systems available on their bikes that can save your life on the road.

Here is KTM explaining safety systems available on their bikes that can save your life on the road.

Watch KTM MTC, ABS, MSC and launch control working behind the scenes.

A rider is not born but is made. There is absolutely no harm in accepting that you are not the best rider and that there is always a better rider out there. But, that does not mean you don’t improve on it. You just ride more and try matching synergies with your motorcycle.

The same also applies to motorcycles. There is always a better one out there. So the manufacturers and engineers come up with new technologies that make that same motorcycle perform better and safer than before. And KTM is one of those which is world renowned for giving us bikes that loves walking on the edge of performance and handling.

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Which motorcycle do you think has the finest looking face?

Which motorcycle do you think has the finest looking face?

Here are industry’s magnificient machines saying something:

Let’s leave the custom builds out of this because, honestly speaking, they wouldn’t have existed if they failed to give a motorcycle a deserving face. But then again, why do any manufacturer for that matter exist if they too fail to give a motorcycle a well-looking face?

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Looks like Bajaj-KTM are gunning for buying out Ducati.

Looks like Bajaj-KTM are gunning for buying out Ducati.

Volkwagen is on the heels to sell the Italian brand, and everyone is prying.

A week ago, rumours filled the news about Harley-Davidson being the top contenders to buy the luxury two-wheeler Italian marquee from Volkswagen. For no fault of theirs, except for them being owned by VW, Ducati could possibly see a change of hands since the German company is in considerations of selling brands under its portfolio.

Now, there could be a new chapter in Ducati’s history books, courtesy, the Volkswagen Diesel Gate scandal. If reports are to be believed, KTM-Bajaj was approached by the German company to buy out the Italian brand, an initiative taken towards the new financial strategy set out by the company post the Diesel Gate scandal.

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Its official. Bajaj will get Husqvarna into the country sometime in 2018.

Its official. Bajaj will get Husqvarna into the country sometime in 2018.

Bajaj will manufacture the 401 series in the Chakan plant and sell them alongside KTM bikes.

Since the time Husqvarna showcased its ‘Real Street’ Vitpilen 401 and the Swartipilen 401 concepts at the 2016 EICMA, the industry is abuzz to see some bonkers design unlike anything seen before on the streets. Ready to bring in the Swedish company’s name on the world stage, there were still speculations of where they will be made since Husqvarna is owned by KTM - a company that has Bajaj Auto as a shareholder.

Clearing the air, both Bajaj and KTM have released a joint press release and have confirmed that they intend to make the 401 models right here in India sometime in 2018 and sell them worldwide. Until then, however, the bikes will be made back home in Austria. But the Duke’s 390 engines that will run on these Huskies will be built right here in India by Bajaj.

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BMW G 310 R vs KTM Duke 390 vs Benelli TNT 300 vs Mahindra Mojo

BMW G 310 R vs KTM Duke 390 vs Benelli TNT 300 vs Mahindra Mojo

Battle of the naked middleweights enters 2017. Get ready for a lot of flash-bangs.

Strap yourself up to your seat guys. Things are going to get wild here. 2017 saw the launch of the brand new KTM Duke 390 that is said to wipe out any competition there has ever been. Later in the year, the German brand BMW Motorrad will be launching its smallest motorcycle, the G 310 R which is manufactured here in India by TVS. These two machines will change the face of the middleweight naked sports segment which until now had the Mahindra Mojo and the foreigner Benelli TNT 300 from Italy.

We will sit down and chalk up a charge sheet to decipher the best machine you would want to invest in according to your needs and wish. Although the KTM is a notch above in all departments, we will have it here just for the sake of comparison. Mahindra is the least expensive of all and the Benelli is the only one with two cylinders and has that Italian flair that no one carries. The Beemer, on the other hand, is built for the world market and will remain to be a neutral contender in both style and performance compared amongst the rest here.

All the four motorcycles will have a condescending effect on the Indian two-wheeler market, and they have the fresh breed of entry-level naked performance motorcycles to blaze the much needed thrilling experience to enthusiasts and purists. Making motorcyclist get into a realm of more content and less bitter, here is all the help you would need to pick one for yourself:

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KTM fires the hooligans responsible for abusing the new Duke 250 and 390 in the showroom.

KTM fires the hooligans responsible for abusing the new Duke 250 and 390 in the showroom.

The employees revved the bikes into the redline and danced around just for fun!!

Last week, an idiotic chap posted a live video on the social media site, Facebook, where a group of 5 who happens to be the employees at one of the KTM showrooms in Kerala, abused the newly launched Duke 250 and 390 bike.

The video went viral because of the heart-wrenching content that saw this group of hooligans revving the engine hard till the redline and playing with the headlight operating switches in a very harsh manner. To top it all, they were found dancing and shouting around just for the sake of the LIVE feed.

Take a look at it yourself, and hold a hand on your heart. It is painful.

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2017 KTM Duke 200

2017 KTM Duke 200

The baby Duke gets the AHO and BS-IV update along with new decals.

For the entry level performance oriented motorcycle enthusiasts, the KTM Duke 200 has been nothing short of a dream come true, for the motorcycle offers a perfect blend of performance and features at a price which makes it a true value for money motorcycle. At a price where others are offering motorcycles which are slightly dated and lesser equipped, this offering from KTM has created some great benchmarks which are tall and difficult enough to conquer.

In a very short span of time, KTM has created a reputation of being the most serious player in the performance-oriented segment of the Indian motorcycling scenario. It is playing a key role in the tremendous growth of motorcycles which are high on performance and are becoming the most obvious choices for those who are planning to upgrade from their 150cc-200cc motorcycles.

For 2017, KTM has refurbished its lineup of motorcycles for India. While the Duke 390 has received a much comprehensive facelift and the Duke 250 too making its way for the first time in India, KTM has decided to keep the Duke 200 alive in its portfolio for India, with carrying some minute but noticeable changes. Here’s our comprehensive review of the refurbished KTM Duke 200:-

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2017 KTM Duke 250

2017 KTM Duke 250

The quarter-litre naked segment gets a new zhar on the street.

When the first Duke hit the streets a few years ago, it was not here to make friends. The bike changed the game and re-wrote the rule books. A bold call to all to head to the straight narrow and embrace the life that lives at the very limit.

India got the first Duke 200 in 2013, and since then there has been no turning back for the Austrian Orange. Releasing the 390, they had completed the goal of leading the boards of the segment. But, looks like KTM had other things in mind for us.

Now in 2017 came a surprise from KTM when they launched the Duke 250 along with their updated 200 and the new phenomena called the 390 Duke. Although KTM had once rubbished news about the brand planning to get the Duke 250 to India, this launch has been a wild card. Meant only for Indonesia and Thailand, the 250 makes a scene on Indian roads too.

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The battle of the new quarter-litre nakeds. KTM Duke 250 vs Yamaha FZ25

The battle of the new quarter-litre nakeds. KTM Duke 250 vs Yamaha FZ25

Which should you bet your money on? The Austrian Orange or the Japanese Blue?

A match between the Austrian Orange and the Japanese Blue team was never on the cards. But with KTM launching the surprise wildcard Duke 250, the entire notion has changed.

It all started when Yamaha India launched the naked version of their quarter-litre Fazer motorcycle last month. Doing so, they have officially entered the segment of quarter-litres in India, surpassing the Yamaha R15.

Then came a surprise from KTM when they launched the Duke 250. Another naked that sits between the 200 and the mighty 390 Duke. Although KTM had once rubbished news about the brand planning to get the Duke 250 to India, this launch has been a wild card. Meant only for Indonesia and Thailand, the 250 makes a scene on Indian roads too.

This, folks, gives us the official rivalry of the segment that starts to take the business seriously. Although both the bikes are made for different purposes, they run similar capacity engines, thereby pitting them against each other in a bitter rivalry that can take the other down not to be able to rise again. Read below and catch the action.

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2017 KTM Duke 390

2017 KTM Duke 390

The updated Duke gets its styling inspiration from the bad ass Super Duke and a new ride by wire throttle system

KTM surely knows how to impress their fans and enthusiastic motorcycle riders of the country alike. It’s been four years since KTM introduced the Duke series which consists of the entry level Duke 200 and the Duke 390. Since their launch, they haven’t received any big change except few cosmetic jobs which came in the form of new colour schemes. Yet, they sold like hot cakes.

Last year it was reported that the 2017 Duke 390 was caught testing in Europe first, then on Indian roads. Much later the new motorcycle was also caught undisguised at the Bajaj factory in Pune. Like we all expected, KTM unveiled the completely new 2017 Duke 390 at the EICMA motorcycle show last year, and it inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features.

The naked bike has gone through a decent amount of mechanical upgrades and surely has gone through a major overhaul regarding styling. The new Duke 390 has received its styling inspiration from the bigger and more aggressive Super Duke who happens to be the most powerful naked streetfighter.

For the first time since it came into existence, it also has received the ride by wire throttle system which makes sure that the throttle response is more crisp and accurate. There are plenty of other hardware upgrades which the Duke 390 received which comes in the form of a new 5-way adjustable clutch and brake lever, bigger disc brakes towards the front full LED headlamps and daytime running lamps and a new subframe.

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We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range

We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range

There is the all new 390, the updated 200 and a brand new 250.

When the first Duke hit the streets a few years ago, it was not here to make friends. The bike changed the game and re-wrote the rule books. A bold call to all to head to the straight narrow and embrace the life that lives at the very limit. In 2017, a whole new face hit the streets starting with the 1290 Super Duke R, the Beast Mode 2.0.

Today, KTM India officially launched the next iteration of the Dukes that are ready to take the streets and rule them. The all-new 2017 Duke 390, updated Duke 200 and a brand new model in the Duke lineup, the Duke 250.

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KTM has 'Duke-em' surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.

KTM has ’Duke-em’ surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.

KTM really knows hows to play the silent inspector game.

Last week we were enthralled about the news of the launch of a brand new generation of the KTM Duke 390 happening on the 23rd of this month, just a few days more. It is an iteration of the Austrian Orange streetfighters that started with the 1290 Super Duke R, the Beast Mode 2.0.

When KTM made this announcement, they were not at all hinting at something else hiding in store for us. But, according to a few sources buzzing on the internet right now, it seems KTM does have a surprise waiting to be unveiled on the 23rd along with the 390. And it comes in the form of 390’s younger siblings, the 200 and a 250.

Yes. That is two surprises on the same day.

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KTM will launch the "all-new" Duke 390 on the 23rd of February.

KTM will launch the "all-new" Duke 390 on the 23rd of February.

The bike is dawning on a theory to ’Duke-em’

When the first Duke hit the streets a few years ago, it was not here to make friends. The bike changed the game and re-wrote the rule books. A bold call to all to head to the straight narrow and embrace the life that lives at the very limit. In 2017, a whole new face hit the streets starting with the 1290 Super Duke R, the Beast Mode 2.0.

The next iteration entering the country streets is the 2017 KTM 390 Duke. On the 23rd of this month, this Austrian Orange is officially landing to take over the crown for the ultimate streetfighter in the segment. And almost everything is new on this motorcycle.

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2017 KTM RC 200

2017 KTM RC 200

The orange pocket rocket gets a spa treatement

The Austrian Orange 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.

For 2017, KTM updated their RC range, both the 390 and the 200, giving them an edge from the other contenders in the segment. While the 390 received better visual cues and better mechanical equipment, the RC 200, however, was updated with only new liveries and a paint job.

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