No matter how close or far a particular bike (or manufacturer too, in some cases) is to your heart, the monthly and year-to-date sales reports together form one big reason, especially in the context of premium motorcycles, that may either brutally cause you a heartache or bring great joy. So let me tell you right away to not read any further if you are a KTM hater (for any rhyme or reason) because you just might not be able to sleep tonight then.

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I say that because the KTM 390s, both the faired RC and the naked Duke, have wheelied their way to success with a not-so-polite hand-gesture to their detractors. Up until the end of last month Bajaj had sold 3,077 KTM 390s in the current financial year (April to Oct 14). The previous best-seller of the segment, the Honda CBR 250R, of which 5,860 units were sold in the period of April-October 2013, could only find 784 buyers in the corresponding period this year!

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The ‘expensive’ Ninja 300 found 272 homes in the same period (April-Oct.2014), but its interesting to note that in the corresponding months of 2013, 336 units of the bike were sold. In fact, 96 Ninja 300s were sold in October 2013, whereas the last month only saw a sale of 33 units. Yes, the KTM 390s are to be blamed for sure, of which 1015 units were sold in the last month.

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I have been saying that the Ninja 650, though from a different segment altogether, is much better value as compared to the 300, and the sales figures confirm the same:  48 and 39 units of the bike were sold in October 2013 and October 2014, respectively. The less variance shows that sales are stable and would remain that way mostly irrespective of the availability of a cheaper alternative, unless, of course, the latter is better in other parameters too…Please note that the October 2014 figure for the 650 would also include a few units of ER-6Ns

Z250-vs-Inazuma-vs-GT250R

Also, while Suzuki India could only sell 12 Inazumas last month, the Kawasaki Z250 did a quite respectable 24 units in comparison. And Hyosung has apparently shied away from sharing the numbers…

Yamaha obviously has nothing to offer here unfortunately, and while we can continue to dream of the YZF-R3 or even the R25, Bajaj will launch the Pulsar 400SS sometime this year which may better these figures…

Note: Figures for Ninjas are confusing as SIAM classifies them under two different companies Bajaj & Kawasaki and they report different numbers for the same period!

Related: Pulsar 220 Sells 4 Times More than New Karizma & ZMR

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  • uragunako

    i love benelli 150cc

    • SHIRAZ

      what is Benelli 150cc ?

      • uragunako

        benelli unoC150

  • Julian Bennet

    KTM just ruling the segment. No opponents are seen visibly near.

    • SHIRAZ

      and the reason is because they cheap and manufactured in India.

      • retipser jay

        they are cheap and way too plasticky…it is not well sorted bike,having ridden it…maybe it’s just me…

      • SHIRAZ

        yes they are alot inferior than the quality of KTM bikes sold in other markets abroad.

  • Akshay Ballal

    That’s impressive… Add the 200s to kill the competition further…

  • Guest

    the hype continues-I hope KTM gets the credit for making a good bike-though i have my [own] doubts on its reliability and refinement[read Bajaj].

  • retipser jay

    the hype continues-I hope KTM gets the credit for making a good bike-though i have my [own] doubts on its reliability and refinement[read Bajaj]. It does have lemon here and there,i would have loved to see a much more premium looking bike-I know you would pay a premium for Ninja300 and it’s indeed a premium bike. HOwever,outside India RC390 is quite expensive and i hope again that the quality of the product internationally is same as what we get in India…again,i think of Bajaj and quality doesn’t come to mind,but KTM i have some hopes

    • SHIRAZ

      they KTM bikes which they sell outside India are far better in terms of component quality.

  • Reeto

    A well balanced product like the CBR250R has died out due to Honda over-pricing it for the quality it sports. Better stock tyres and brakes (non-ABS variant) with a lower price tag would have helped the CBR’s cause as its simply the best tourer in the country today.

    • SHIRAZ

      you are correct about the CBR but overpriced ? No my friend.

  • Ben

    Bigger displacement and single cylinder is working for KTM even after restricting the ECU for the sake of reliability. Japanese strategy is always different from the Europeans and well as the Indians when it comes to performance bikes. The puny r25 does 196Kmph on the speedo against the RC’s 176Kmph while there is a displacement difference of 125cc between them. As long as there are numbers from any manufacturer, they will surely be successful in India. No big deal!!

    • SHIRAZ

      when you say 196 kmph , you mean 186, right ?

      • Ben

        It’s speedo indicated. It maybe wrong! But it will be faster than KTM 390s.

      • SHIRAZ

        yes I concur

    • retipser jay

      it has higher rev band/range..infact the kawasaki 300 can go up to 190,given the RPM and more over that adds to the fact that they are twin cylinders and that extra RPM to go with…

      • Ben

        That’s what I said. Even YAMAHA TZR50, a mere 50cc bike touches 110 Kmph!

      • retipser jay

        okay,include CBR250RR also…

      • Ben

        That’s a screamer!

  • ashutosh

    KTM has its own character. It is not only the engine but the entire bike that feels aweasome.
    I wish pulsar 200 NS uses MRF tires and not cheap Eurogrip tyres.