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Formed in the year 1992, KTM-Sport motorcycle AG is an Austrian motorbike manufacturing firm which is well acknowledged for its off road motorcycles. Though said to be established in 1992, KTM traces its ancestry in early 1930’s. Founded as a metalwork and locksmith shop in Mattighofen in the year 1934 by Austrian engineer Johann Trunkenpolz, it was took over by businessman Ernst Kronreif in 1953 as he bought a majority share of the company. Hence, the company was renamed to Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen, abbreviated as KTM. It started with its first bike R1000 and found success in big national championships. But, KTM came to India because Bajaj Auto Limited of India acquired 14.5% stake in KTM in November 2007 & increased it to a dominating 47% by 2012.
They launched their first bike in India in 2012 which was the KTM Duke 200. Here are the bikes that KTM has introduced in India.
KTM Duke 200 – The amazingly powerful and damn stylish KTM Duke 200 is the very first motorbike launched by KTM in our country. Sold by its major stakeholder Bajaj, it is one of the best options if you are looking for a bike that can perform in every possible aspect. The design and appearance of this bike is very refreshing and typically out of the league in its own innovative way. It comes with a powerful 199.5cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine that can produce 25bhp of power at 10,000rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. It can reach the top speed of 138kmph and capable of reaching from 0 to 100kmph in mere 9.3 seconds. It comes with a front as well as rear disc brake which provides superior braking and control. Ex-showroom price for KTM Duke 200 is Rs 1,36,147.
The incredibly powerful KTM RC390 is a middleweight supersports which was launched as the replacement of the naked Duke 390. KTM made some alterations to the chassis of Duke 390 and assemble it to RC390 to provide more improved riding dynamics. It is powered by a 375cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which comes with electronic fuel injection technology & is capable of churning out 43bhp at 8500rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and disc braking system at both front and rear ends which makes it a far better sportsbike for any person in terms of control and performance. Just 159kg of weight and aided aerodynamics make RC 390 an insanely fast motorcycle & better than its twin Duke 390. It will cost you around Rs 2,10,561 (Ex-showroom price in Mumbai) which is bound to attract lots of customers in the market.
KTM 390 Duke ABS – The second launch by Bajaj Auto for the Indian market, especially the young generation, KTM 390 Duke ABS is a powerful beast powered with a 373cc single-cylinder engine. It is undoubtedly the most awaited motorbike in India as it is capable enough of generating 43.5bhp at 9000rpm & can kick to a top speed of 160kmph. The engine is mated with a 6-speed gerbox and the KTM 390 weighs around 139kg which makes it a more obvious choice. With double disc brakes for superior controlling, this ride can kick from 0 to 60kmph in only 2.6 seconds. The Ex-showroom(Mumbai) price of KTM 390 Duke ABS is Rs 1,87,780.
KTM RC200 – Very much similar to the KTM Duke 200 in characterstics, KTM RC200 is the first entry-level sportsbike from KTM, designed especially for the Indian market. It has a 200cc single-cylinder liquid cooled engine which can produce 25 bhp of power and is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. It possess a modified version of Duke’s frame chassis due to which its performance is boosted to a new level. It weighs 154kg and has a power-to-weight ratio of 162bhp per ton which is simply outstanding. As it is launched in the sportsbike category, it has got some new features such as dual projector headlamps, aerodynamic windshield and the best of all, disc-brake with Bosch ABS & shock suspensions at both front and rear ends. It comes with superior Metzeler tyres which are super sticky & provide excellent grip on wet as well as dry roads. It is a very good option to consider when you are buying a sportsbike in this price range and is a strict competitor to Honda CBR 250R. EX-showroom price of KTM RC200 is RS 1,64,241.