Since its introduction in India in 2012, KTM has managed to sell 1 lakh motorcycles. That speaks volumes about the success story that both the Duke and RC range have painted for the Bajaj-backed Austrian bike brand. With the launch of the MY2017 versions of the RC 200 and RC 390 today, expect the number to grow even further.
The updates on the new bike include new liveries, BS-IV compliance, and all the usual model-dependent features. The KTM RC 390 boasts ride-by-wire, ABS, slipper clutch, adjustable levers, larger disc brake up front, and also a side-mounted exhaust. The smaller engined RC 200’s feature list (also shared with the more powerful sibling) continues with USD forks, aluminium swingarm, etc.
Engines remain unchanged — both single-cylinder units — with the larger one making 43 bhp, and the smaller one a decent 24.6 bhp. Ex-showroom prices for the 2017 KTM RC 390 is Rs 2.25 lakh, and Rs 1.71 lakh for the RC 200.
Bookings for the new bikes open today. Expect them to be joined by the range of new KTM Dukes (unveiled at EICMA last year) soon. Another announcement that will most certainly please customers (both existing and prospective) is that KTM is looking at expanding its dealer network from the current 325 dealerships to 450 by March next year.