KTM 390 Adventure
KTM India is planning to introduce 390 adventure motorcycles in India by the end of this year. This is a good move by the Austrian manufacturer as mid-weight performance motorcycles are finding good demand in our country.
The KTM 390 adventure will be based on the naked sibling-Duke 390. Although based on the street-fighter version, it will borrow the feature from the 1190 Adventure model in terms of design. The new motorcycle will sport a stronger and longer suspension, dual-purpose tires and a larger fuel tank. The motorcycle should also sport a seating seating position so that it is more comfortable for longer distances.
The 390 Adventure will be powered by the same 373.2cc single-cylinder motor the Duke 390 operates with. It comes with a six-speed gearbox. ABS will be offered as standard.
With KTM planning to produce the 390 adventure locally, we expect the motorcycle to be priced very aggressively and form a segment upon launch. KTM may cost Rs 2.5 lakh, slightly more than the Duke 390.
CF Moto has revealed its future plans for India including adding four more motorcycles to its portfolio by next year. One of these motorcycles is 400NK.
As its name suggests, the CF Moto 400NK will be based on the 650NK which is currently on sale in India. It sports the same design as the full-LED headlamp, with sharp lines through its bodywork and muscular fuel-tank. The upside tail section and split-seat setup of the bike further enhance its aggressive street fighter body style.
The CF Moto 400NK is powered by a 400cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that produces 40bhp and peak torque of 34Nm. This motor is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Braking duties are taken care of by a single disc in the rear with twin-disc up front and dual channel ABS. Meanwhile, suspension duties are handled by inverted forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. The CF Moto bike is likely to be equipped with a color TFT screen that offers various design layouts.
When it is launched, the 400NK will take on the KTM 390 Duke, BMW G310 R and the upcoming Kawasaki Z400.
Yamaha MT 03
The Yamaha MT-03 is the streetfighter version of the YZF-R3 Supersports motorcycle and the fourth model in the MT range. A compact and easy to use motorcycle, the MT-03 will lock horns with the likes of the Kawasaki Z250, Benelli TNT 300 and KTM Duke 390. The headlamps, scalloped fuel tanks, and air intakes of the MT-25 have been designed on the lines of larger MT motorcycles. Exposed parallel-twin engines and semi-trellis steel frames emphasize the hooligan character of the motorcycle. The rear section, suspension, brakes, and most of its exhaust are shared with the R3. The MT-03 is powered by the same 321cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine from its fully unbiased counterpart. Giving a torque of 35bhp and 22Nm, the engine is limited to a six-speed transmission. At 168 kilograms (wet), the MT-03 is just one kilogram lighter than the R3, meaning both siblings should be on par in terms of performance, although the superior aerodynamics allow the R3 to achieve higher speeds. Should help The Yamaha MT-03 will be available in two colors - Race Blur and Midnight Black. We can expect it to be priced in the bracket ranging from Rs 2.8 lakh to Rs 3.0 lakh.