Bigger displacement KTM machines not heading to India in the near future

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Neelanjan Chakraborty, Motorcycle Nut, will ride, preferably race anything on two wheels!

The 2017 KTM Duke 390 is one of the most value for money offering in the segment.

Providing high-end features at affordable prices, the Austria-based brand is known around the world for their middleweight and flagship naked bikes. KTM India though will not be introducing any of these motorcycles anytime soon.

KTM 790 Duke IAB rendering
The KTM 790 Duke, whose production version is expected to be launched at EICMA 2017, is not heading to India in the near future. Pictured is a rendering of the production motorcycle.

At a recent press conference, Mr Amit Nandi, Vice President Probiking, Bajaj Auto said that they will be bringing in the bigger KTMs to India with time but they have no plans to do so in the immediate future. KTM wants India to mature as a market and that will take time.

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Apart from a demand, products like the KTM 690 Duke and the upcoming twin cylinder KTM 790 Duke will also need a robust service network to be in place. The bikes will also have to be manufactured in India to get the price tag right.

2017 KTM 690Duke side
The KTM 690 Duke would have been an ideal offering for the Indian market with the right pricing.

The KTM 790 Duke is KTM’s attempt to get a bigger share of the middleweight territory. The twin cylinder motorcycle is expected to have an output ranging from 100 to 110 hp when it comes to the market this year.

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