Thursday, 14 February 2013


KTM,one of the famous Austrian motorcycle company, has recently acquired the brand Husqvarna from BMW Motorrad. It is now planning to launch their second bike Duke 390 in the next few months in India. KTM reported its best ever annual sales in 2012 with a total sale of more than107,000 units. The combination of KTM and Bajaj is getting better with the success of KTM Duke 200 which has already sold more than 8500 units. The next big launch after Duke 390 that KTM is planning is a toned-down version of superbike RC8. It is a 250cc racing replica of the RC8. KTM is also working on the tourer version of Duke 390. Bajaj is importing a few units of the RC8, only for displaying the bike at selected KTM outlets.


The market of 200cc and above bikes are on peak these days and these bikes are performing well which is evident from the success of Duke 200. This section is mainly ruled by the Japanese bike makers and there are few other bikes like Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 250R which has also shown outstanding performance. 


The current bike might be christened as KTM RC25 which will be manufactured at Chakan and will be sold in markets across the world. We are expecting KTM RC25 to feature a single cylinder 250cc engine, which is expected to churn a power output of around 30bhp and a torque output of about 25 Nm. If the bike satisfies our expectation, then it has to be the most powerful 250cc motorcycle in the country. KTM RC25 is expected at a price below the Duke 390. Bajaj-KTM combination is known for it's competitive prices and so the price will be the biggest factor against the likes of Kawasaki Ninja, the Hyosung GT250R and the HondaCBR250R motorcycles.

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