The Duke 200 introduced by KTM in other markets last year, has its charm, but it is probably under-powered for the U.S. Indian web site ZigWheels says that is about to change with a 375cc, 45 hp single called the Duke 390, which it speculates will be revealed next month in Milan at the EICMA show.
According to ZigWheels, the Duke 390 will be a svelte 330 pounds capable of roughly 125 mph. KTM partner Bajaj would build the bike in India for export around the world.
If you aren’t convinced yet that lower priced, smaller displacement motorcycles are a trend in the U.S. market, stay tuned. The KTM will likely have a higher price than some of the purely “budget” models we are starting to see, but it should significantly undercut more premium KTM models. Frankly, we at MD welcome small, light and affordable two-wheelers to the U.S., particularly in the current economic climate.