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  • #31
    KTM is surely promoting hooliganism in India!!!

    i guess pricing will be the main deciding factor for the success of this bike in the Indian market. If they put it under 2.5 lakhs onroad (Mumbai & blore prices considering the taxes.. damn!!) then they have a product in hand which will not just fill the void of powerful bikes for a lot of crazy ethusiasts but at the same time they will be doing good nos. of bikes rolling out of the factory and vanishing from the KTM showrooms in no time.. So pricing is the key!!.. Common Bajaj... we are all waiting!!


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    • #32
      Originally posted by riot View Post
      Million dollar question... can this bike powerwheelie?
      That is the first question i had as well. I'm not a wheelie guy but it would be great to know that i could, if i wanted to.
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      • #33
        Originally posted by Ankitvile View Post
        Price is the concern.
        2.3L Ex-Showroom as per one of the KTM showrooms here in BLR.
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        • #34
          What's the resale price of D200? Will have to sell mine to get D390. And will have to arrange for a loan I guess. Damn, I need this bike! D200 is not enough for me!

          P.S: Is KTM planning on a higher capacity bike in near future (about 1 year)? Will then wait for the higher version.

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          • #35
            Honestly speaking, these are exciting times for bike lovers, with Duke 390, Ninja 300, RE Cafe racer etc.
            What bothers me is how many of us are real riders and how many of us are posers
            How many of us understand conditions in which we ride...do not mistake be to a negative thinker, as someone mentioned earlier, many Duke and many times I have seen RX riders ride in traffic in a way which causes great amount of inconvenience which those riders seem to enjoy...
            Anyways I sincerely hope these bikes end up in right and responsible hands
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            • #36
              This is going to be one devil on the road everybody should beware! Jokes apart, I feel this is the first time such a high performance bike will be available for just over a couple of lakhs going by figures somebody posted earlier.

              Now a little calculation, what's the bang for the buck offered by our new gen bikes i.e. Rupees/BHP:
              1. Yamaha R-15 : Rs 6,384
              2. Pulsar 200NS :Rs 3,880
              3. CBR250R : Rs 6,349
              4. KTM 200 : Rs 5,280
              5. RE 500 : Rs 5,514
              6. Ninja 300: Rs 10,286
              7. KTM 390 : Rs 5,348 (assuming an ESR price of 2.3L)

              Note: As we go higher the cost per BHP will not scale linearly but increase geometrically, but KTM keeps it almost same means that's one hell of a deal!
              But of course there are other things which come into play.
              Last edited by sparky; 04-15-2013, 05:16 PM.

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              • #37
                Too much orange colour with those orange alloys. I seriously hope that KTM does not give orange alloys as standard.
                Last edited by hss; 04-15-2013, 05:51 PM. Reason: spelling mistake

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by sparky View Post
                  This is going to be one devil on the road everybody should beware! Jokes apart, I feel this is the first time such a high performance bike will be available for just over a couple of lakhs going by figures somebody posted earlier.

                  Now a little calculation, what's the bang for the buck offered by our new gen bikes i.e. Rupees/BHP:
                  1. Yamaha R-15 : Rs 6,384
                  2. Pulsar 200NS :Rs 3,880
                  3. CBR250R : Rs 6,349
                  4. KTM 200 : Rs 5,280
                  5. RE 500 : Rs 5,514
                  6. Ninja 300: Rs 10,286
                  7. KTM 390 : Rs 5,348 (assuming an ESR price of 2.3L)

                  Note: As we go higher the cost per BHP will not scale linearly but increase geometrically, but KTM keeps it almost same means that's one hell of a deal!
                  But of course there are other things which come into play.

                  POWER/RUPEE Ratio would give a better comparative picture. Rupee/Power Ratio does not mean anything.



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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Newrider88 View Post
                    The price of bike will be 2.25 lakh ex showroom as told by KTM sec 8 CHANDIGARH.
                    Hope this is the ABS version. If so, there's absolutely nothing that can beat this bike in its sales.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by hss View Post
                      Too much orange colour with those orange alloys. I seriously hope that KTM does not give orange alloys as standard.
                      +1 to this.
                      seriously Bajaj/Ktm will have to look after different taste Buds.

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                      • #41
                        Nice looking bike. Seat height is great for short people like me. Only gripes are looks too much like the duke 200 and that spares and services are not so readily available in all the cities. . But still, it feels great to see the Indian biking scenario changing so rapidly
                        Be what you are, not what you want others to perceive you to be.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by payeng View Post
                          POWER/RUPEE Ratio would give a better comparative picture. Rupee/Power Ratio does not mean anything.
                          I thought about it but don't think anybody has patience with big decimal numbers these days.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by vijith.unnithan View Post
                            Oops i see i dint complete the sentence..what i meant was that many wouldn't even realize its a 390... also wouldn't be as bulky for a 390 which would be def fast.. and as said above by @fayad555.. if the price is tempting, it will go to wrong hands... imagine zooming on a 43HP rocket on Indian roads.. you wont even get enough time to brake and end in a mess....
                            Originally posted by sivigshankar View Post
                            Being one who has owned the Duke 200 for over a year now, I am scared to think what will happen to our roads with the D390. Most riders lack respect for the machine and it's power. I heard from the ASC that they replace about 10-15 fairings a month, that's how high the incident volume is in Chennai out of roughly 700 Dukes sold.

                            After a couple of Orange rides, I am a bit concerned on the way some of the Dukers ride and misuse the power of the bike. I know that apart from generating awareness and trying to educate, it's the owners choice on how they ride.

                            Guess, we'll just have to be careful on how we ride it...

                            When the CBZ first came out there were a hell lot of accidents... Because people couldn't manage the power... Same when he 180 came out first... Today they are just commuter bikes... People learn eventually... Some just learn it the hard way...
                            "stay hungry, stay foolish."

                            To those who have attitude... My middle finger salutes you...!

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                            • #44
                              amazing bike, cant wait to have a ride on the duke 390.Although wont the bike resonate after mid-high rpms being a single pot ?

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                              • #45
                                Real excitement to just look at it. Eagerly awaiting it's launch here officially, most eager to get my hands on it. My wait & patience will have proven fruitful when I have it for my own.
                                A lot of speculations/rumors about it, but, guess we'll get to know for sure once it's finally out. I hope, as read somewhere, like the 690, it'll come with ABS as standard & will have it as switchable. I really hope the price is around/under 2.5L, that would be a treat.
                                I agree with many people here that with the Duke200, reports & sightings of accidents & reckless riding has been quite a few. Amateurs, even some skilled people, loose their patience & just go for the obvious, end up in a mishap quite a times. D390 will prove more dangerous in those hands.
                                But we can't let it scare us, we r riders, thrive to ride, live to learn...
                                But they can't let it hinder their business & crush other's ( who are responsible riders ) dream to own such a fantastic machine at that gr8 price.
                                We can just try to spread the awareness of safe & more profound responsible riding, specially in the city, & hope to get the attention for safety.
                                So instead of criticizing it's price ( which obvio, ain't gonna help, rich brats with no sense of responsibilities, will get their hands on it or much more to that, no offense ) we should try to respect & understand the bike's power, beauty of it's tech & ride it with immense pleasure & care. THINKING OF IT AS UR BABY MITE HELP, HELPS ME...
                                Sorry for the long senti dialogue here, last words, bring it out already.....
                                Last edited by s.roy0717; 04-15-2013, 08:56 PM.
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                                Live & Learn, Love Thee Ride...

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