In a new finding, we have learnt that KTM has started production of their recently unveiled single cylinder Duke 250 and RC 250 at the Bajaj-KTM facility in Chakan, Pune. This is the same plant where the alliance jointly produces the Duke 125, Duke 200, Duke 390, RC 125, RC 200 and RC 390.
A quick search on Zauba reveals that the new 250cc motorcycles have been exported from Mumbai to Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. While the Oriental regions of Japan and Hong Kong are getting the bikes as Completely Built Units (CBUs), Malaysia is getting the Duke 250 as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) unit. We expect the two bikes to be launched in these markets soon. However, it is still not sure whether India will be getting the new 250s either in place of the 200s or as new models altogether!
The Duke 250 has been given an export price value of Rs 1.46 lakhs to Rs 1.48 lakhs while the RC 250 shows a sticker price of Rs 1.70 lakhs. Both the bikes are shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 tyres (yumm!) and get the safety net of switchable twin channel ABS as standard.
Unveiled barely a few weeks back, these new KTMs come with a new engine which is a down sized version of the Duke 390/RC 390’s motor. Displacing 248.8 cc, the liquid cooled fuel injected mill produces 31.3 PS of maximum power at 9,000 rpm and 24 Nm of peak torque at 7,250 rpm.