The traction of merciless naked street bikes has been increasing since the last few years across the globe. Several moto-makers have launched their premium bikes in the segment but the Austrian motorcycle maker, KTM, has collected the world wide appraisal in the street fighter bike stream. The company has reached young bike fanatics and has offered the fun of naked motorcycles with its brisk performer Duke series at an affordable price.
KTM recently launched the Duke 390 in our country and at the same time we had exclusively reported that India will also be one of the first global markets to get the company’s upcoming flagship motorcycle, Super Duke R 1290 R. In the initial period, the Super Duke will reach to our shores via the CBU route in limited numbers, however CKD assembly of the Super Duke is also expected at a later stage in India which is certainly based on the market response.
KTM has recently organized a plant visit for its US dealers where the company showcased its breathtaking monster with special Kiska designed Patriot theme. Kiska is an automotive design company that has been associated with KTM since 1992. The patriot theme bikes feature different cool and trendy paint themes and graphics on the bike along with custom Akrapovic exhaust. The final preview of the Super Duke is due for EICMA show in Milan, Italy which will be held from 7th November till 10th November 2013.
KTM Super Duke R 1290 R is based on the same engine as the KTM RC8 R. The mighty V-twin, 1190cc engine produces a peak power of 173 BHP and 120 Nm of torque. However, it is anticipated that the Super Duke will be powered by a tuned-up version that boosts the power up to a maximum of 200 BHP. Being a naked motorcycle, the Super Duke does not wear any extra glimmer and fancy tweaks that will aid the company to manage the surprising power-to-weight ration.
KTM has already announced it will ship the Super Duke R in the US market by the end of this year and as mentioned earlier we will also encounter the mighty street fighter in our country roads around next year, priced around Rs. 10 lakhs.
Source – Derestricted