Bajaj Auto with KTM has launched the Duke 2017 line-up of motorcycles with a new 250cc addition named Duke 250 that positions itself between Duke 200 and Duke 390. New upgrades in terms of design and technology are evident on the entire range, with Duke 390 having received the most of it.
2017 KTM Duke 200:
The base model Duke 200 gets new livery and a BS-IV compliant engine. It is powered with the same 199.5cc engine as of its predecessor, married to a 6-speed transmission that produces 25bhp and 19.2Nm of torque. Not many updates are visible on this entry level model, but the enhanced seating comfort, wide looking mirrors and a revised instrument cluster does count as minor updates. The underbelly exhaust has been retained with no change in its design maintaining even the popular orange coloured alloy wheels as standard. The 2017 Duke 200 is available in three colour options- Orange, White and Black. The pricing remains the same for this model alone at Rs.1,43,500 (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) and competes against Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and TVS Apache RTR 200.
2017 KTM Duke 250:
The new addition to the Indian line-up, KTM Duke 250 which is already on sale in the global markets expresses the company’s decision to expand their portfolio in India. The design resembles more of the Duke 390 with halogen headlamps and LED inserts instead of the LED headlamp cluster. It gets the WP USD forks and a monoshock suspension at its rear to handle suspension duties while braking is handled by 300mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes. The ride by wire technology is missing but the Duke 250 gets the side mounted exhaust. The orange backlit instrument panel has been retained as well. This bike is powered by a new 248.8cc single cylinder engine which is also BS-IV compliant. The motor is mated to a 6-speed transmission and develops 30bhp and 24Nm of torque. Other features include slipper clutch, Trellis frame, larger fuel tank, Aluminium Swing Arm and so on. The 2017 Duke 250 is priced at Rs.1,73,000 (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) and is placed comfortably between the Duke 200 and Duke 390.
2017 KTM Duke 390:
2017 edition of the KTM Duke 390 is the top end model of the lot and is priced at Rs.2,25,000 (Ex-showroom, New Delhi). It gets a full LED angular headlamp cluster as well as LED tail lights and indicators. The existing 11.5L fuel tank is enlarged to a 13.4L unit promising longer rides. The New Duke 390 is also powered by a BS-IV compliant engine for which the mechanicals have been retained as the outgoing model. The 373.2cc single cylinder engine paired to a six-speed transmission delivers 43bhp and 37Nm of torque which is slightly higher than the 2016 version. Apart from this, there a whole lot of features added to this Duke as part of the upgrade. Some of them like the ride by wire throttle response system, H-rated Metzeler M5 interact tyres, adjustable clutch and brake levers, side mounted exhaust and the slipper clutch are worth mentioning. The LCD instrument cluster is one of the prime attractions on the New Duke 390 which comes with ambient lighting that change according to the sunlight and speed levels. Apart from this, it also gets Bluetooth connectivity, ABS and other standard features.
While the Duke 200 and Duke 250 is already on sale, the Duke 390 is said to reach all dealerships across the nation in less than a week. However bookings for the complete range have begun and the deliveries will be lined up accordingly in next couple of days.
MV Agusta launched the 2017 iteration of their popular model Brutale 800 in India last month. The previous generation of the same never reached India and as a result, this model seems to have enticed quite a few luxury bike enthusiasts in the country. It was launched at an ex-showroom price of Rs.15.59 lakh.
Piaggio Group recently launched two superbikes named Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900 in India, from their flagship brand Aprilia. The bikes originally priced at Rs.13.33 lakh (Shiver 900) and Rs.13.84 lakh (Dorsoduro 900) are sold at an introductory price of Rs.11.99 lakh and Rs.12.50 lakh (all prices, Ex-showroom Pune) respectively until June 30th, 2017. Aprilia that has marked its presence in the country earlier through bikes like Tuono and RSV4 adds two more to their Indian line-up through this launch.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Bajaj has launched Dominar 400 with a heavy price tag; something that has been familiar here only with the Royal Enfield range of motorcycles. Entering the 1-2 lakh price range itself is a daring game, but seems like Bajaj has everything in place to claim its position in the premium bike segment.