2016 KTM 1290 SuperDuke Adventure has been exported almost a year back and lands to our shores again, KTM most probably has some kind of India plans with it
KTM has been ruling the roost in India with entry level motorcycle in the quarter litre and entry level midsize motorcycle segment such as the RC and Duke 200 and 390. The brand has been ruling the charts when it comes to sport bikes in this category by a huge margin. It’s partner is holding the part below that segment strongly since the last decade with almost 53% market share.
What remains now is the upper segment which consist of motorcycles above the 800cc where the motorcycles are missing despite the fact that KTM has been getting new motorcycles in that segment such as the 1290 naked, GT and now this Adventure motorcycle, which also comes in 1090 cubic capacity.
2016 KTM 1290 SuperDuke is powered by a thunderous and torque monster 1301cc liquid-cooled, 75-degree V-Twin engine that makes 160 BHP and 150 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. 2016 KTM 1290 SuperDuke and is loaded with technology onboard such as traction control, multiple ride modes, cruise control, semi-active suspension, bar heaters, cornering lights, 12V sockets as well as electronic Hill Hold Control (HHC) and MSR (Motor Slip Regulation) which is available as an optional extra. 2016 KTM 1290 SuperDuke also gets adventure bike focused features such as Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, and safety features such as cornering ABS and MSC.
So why has KTM imported it again in a such short span of time? May be it is doing customer clinics, evaluating quality procedures to localise to display in showrooms nationwide that it has done with the RC8. Something surely is on KTM’s mind with this 1290 and we just don’t exactly what that is.
KTM in the past have said that they will never bring CBU to India, which is a great move and we are willing to wait, as we know the fact that the pricing is going to be pretty much spot on and give its competition some seriously tough time. Let’s wait and watch what come next after the refreshed 200 and 390 series hits in late 2017, or maybe before that.