Good news for American KTM fans, the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer has confirmed that its 375cc KTM 390 Duke naked bike will be available next year in North America and Europe – a year later than the company’s leaked Powerpoint presentation slide projected which said it would hit the USA in 2013 as a 350 model.
According to KTM CEO Stefan Pierer who has been interviewed by Indian daily Business Standard, the KTM Duke 390 will be produced at plant owned by its Indian partner, Bajaj Autos in Chakan, India. For Europe and the U.S, KTM expects a sale volume of approximately 10,000 units of the 390 Duke.
The 390 Duke would be Company’s first small-displacement single-cylinder naked model to arrive in the U.S. Pierer explained that “These small-displacement street bikes are ideal for urban commuting, especially in saturated markets like the US and Europe.”
The KTM 390 Duke will first launch in Europe this year to join the 125 and 200 models, then in the U.S next year. Where mostly the Chinese brands have failed in the U.S, Pierer believes that its small-displacement bike could be a big success. “What we are talking about are powerful (40-44 bhp) but affordable bikes; at 138 kg, these are powerful and agile. With a target price of €5,000, including VAT, we think it could be a big success.” and for in Europe, KTM is pretty confident, considering it became Europe’s largest motorcycle maker last year.