We already have a follow up post about Bajaj bikes up to 700 cc in India.However in this post we list the expected bike launches by KTM in India with the partnership of Bajaj are shown.KTM is well known around the world for their endurance and Moto cross bikes.There are speculations about the possible bike launches by KTM in India in the coming years in association with Bajaj India who holds a 40 percent stake in the company.All these KTM vehicles will be available through KTM stores which are previously Pro-Biking showrooms.Bikes launched by KTM up to the displacement of 700 cc wil be manufactured in India by Bajaj at Bajaj’s famous Chakan plant.
KTM wants to project itself as a premium brand in India.So KTM might refrain from introducing bikes below 200 cc class and the rumours about the possible launch of KTM Duke 125 in India can be ruled out quite comfortably.The KTM Duke 200 is the starting KTM bike in India.
KTM Bikes that will be manufactured in India:
1.KTM Duke 350:
This bike will be the next addition to the line up of the KTM bikes in India.KTM had already declared that this bike is already in production.The bike is due far a launch in 2013 and the bike is Indian only model so will be available to Indians immediately when the bike launches and the launch will be in India like the case with Duke 200.Based upon the Duke 350 engine a new Pulsar 350 cc bike would be born which was confirmed by Bajaj auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj speaking at the launch event of the Pulsar 200 NS.The Duke 350 will derive its design mostly from the Duke 125 cc European bike.With some changes aesthetically to make the differentiable from the Duke 200 in India.The Engine will be a single cylinder bored out version of the Duke 200 engine with a displacement of 350 cc.The engine will be liquid cooled.going by the Duke 200 specification the 350 will have a engine which produces more than 30 bhp of raw power.The bike will be priced near to the price tag of Rupees 2 Lakhs Ex showroom.
2.KTM Moto 3 inspired 350 cc sports bike:
This bike will get its inspiration from the Moto 3 class KTM bike and will have a 350 cc engine.This sports bike is a fully faired bike and will be launched globally.The bike is set to compete with the likes of Ninja 250R and CBR 250R in European market.So going by the European regulations this bike would be having a maximum power output of less than 33 bhp.The engine is expected to be a twin cylinder V engine like the engine seen on KTM’s flagship bike the 1190 RC8 R.This bike is expected to get its styling and design characteristics from the Moto 3 bike.This bike would be first launched in Europe.This bike with its Moto 3 inspired race design and powerful engine with a higher power output than the out going 250 cc bikes can give a tough competition if priced wisely.
3.KTM Duke 690:
It has already been on the streets of Europe and has earned a reputation for its off road characteristics.This street fighter KTM bike can be easily identified with its side exhausts usually most KTM models use Under seat exhausts and some use under the engine exhausts.This bike i the firt from KTM bike range to use a side exhaust.The Duke 690 is powered by a single cylinder 690 cc engine which produces a maximum output of 67 hp.The bike when introduced in Indian market can be at a price tag of below rupees 4.5 lakhs.This bike could be a serious competition to Ninja 650R which will be sold along this KTM bike.
The launch of KTM bike range of MX and Enduro are unlikely in India given by their low sales volume they will be imported to India.All this launches targeted in and around 2 years could possibly mean the KTM stores will be a visual sight to watch with the high displacement bikes which were once a dream for Indians like me.
3. KTM Duke 200