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2017 KTM Duke range of bikes rolled out with few upgrades

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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.

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MV Agusta 2017 Brutale 800- Few things you want to know

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.


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Know more about Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900

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.

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Will India get BS-IV compliant Royal Enfield models?

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.


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Royal Enfield BS-IV range of vehicles launched in India

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.


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Honda Activa 125cc- the first scooter in India launched with BS-IV

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.


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Bajaj Auto launches Dominar 400, starting price at Rs.1.36 lakh

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.


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Hero launches Glamour 2017 in India at Rs.57,775

All new Hero Glamour was launched in the country recently with latest style and technology in addition to the upgraded BS-IV engine. It appears in two variants- a drum brake and a disc brake variant at Rs.57,775 and Rs.59,755 (Both ex-showroom prices, Delhi) respectively. Another fuel injected version, Glamour FI has also been launched with only a disc brake variant priced at Rs.66,580 (ex-showroom price, Delhi). Hero has started selling the 2017 model bike through all its dealerships across the country through prebooking options. The older version still continues to be on sale until stocks last at its price, which is around Rs.10000 lesser than the new one.


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BMW Motorrad officially launches its global portfolio in India

BMW Motorrad commences Indian operations through BMW group officially. Initially the brand used to sell its products through importers here in Mumbai and New Delhi. But now, the global portfolio comprising of premium motorcycles from the brand reaches India through company’s official dealership network in India. The dealership network is expected to begin with stores at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune while the company plans to widen its presence in the country soon. Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune showrooms will be inaugurated in the upcoming three days.


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Harley Davidson launches Street Rod 750 in India at Rs.5.86 lakh

Harley Davidson, a brand that gained a lot of fan following in India since its first launch has come up with their latest offering, All-New Street Rod 750 in the country at a price of Rs.5.86 lakh. The 2017 iteration is based on the old 750 Street model and comes with few remarkable changes to captivate the youth here, special mention to the robust looks and a more powerful engine. In India, Harley Davidson progresses towards a wider audience through the launch of this iconic creation.


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Honda Africa twin to land in India by June 2017

Honda finally readies itself to launch Africa twin in the country by June 2017. It is expected to reach India as CKD units. The launch that was supposed to happen earlier was delayed due to an earthquake near the company facility in Hamamatsu, Japan which produced the assembly kits. The price for this adventure tourer is not yet officially known but it is expected to be anywhere between Rs.16-18 lakh. However, it is still unclear whether India might receive both manual and Automatic Dual Clutch transmission variant or any of these.


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KTM launches next gen RC 200 at Rs.1.71 lakh & RC 390 at Rs.2.25 lakh

World’s popular sports bike manufacturer KTM launched their 2017 RC 200 and RC 390 in India with a host of super sport features at a price of Rs.1.71 lakh and Rs.2.25 lakh (Both ex-showroom price, Delhi) respectively. The duo has been provided significant cosmetic changes on the exterior and plenty of new other updates. Deliveries for both the bikes are expected to begin by last week of January.

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KTM Duke 390 spotted again!

While people around the globe have been surfing online to catch reports of the new bike from KTM, the Duke 390 was spotted testing at pune roads recently. Even though this is not the first time the bike has been spotted testing in India, bike enthusiasts are hoping the launch date is somewhere round the corner.

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