The KTM Duke series consisting of the small capacity 125, 200 and 390 have been an incredible success story for the Austrian company. The success and the way KTM executed the idea of small capacity but yet true to KTM philosophy motorcycles with the collaboration with Bajaj has been a envy of other manufacturers throughout the world. The recently finalised TVS - BMW Motorrad collaboration, then the collaboration of Hero-EBR are became possible only due to the way KTM-Bajaj pulled of their venture.
The latest spy images that were reported by automotive website Motorcycle News suggest that the Austrian two-wheeler major is planning a makeover for its Duke series of motorcycles. The current design for the Duke 125, 200 and 390 has been prevailing since 125’s launch in 2011 and we believe that KTM is now planning a facelift to keep up with the moving times.
From the pictures provided below, you can spot a bolt on sub-frame as oppose to a single piece frame that is found on the current generation motorcycles. Moreover, except for the headlight assembly, the entire bodywork has gone under a scalpel with a redesigned tank cover, and a more revealing side panel. The rear gets a more compact tail unit borrowed from the RC-series. You can also see the under belly cover is missing in both the photographs though, we believe that the final product will receive an under belly cover.
The other photograph shows a Duke 390 loaded with KTM Powerparts like a bigger windshield and an aftermarket free flow exhaust. The rear also seems to get a pannier mount for touring accessories. Coming to the enigine, we are expecting that KTM will give a minor power bump of about one to two horsepower to these upcoming models.
The current KTM Duke 125, 200 and 390 put out 15, 25 and 43 hp of power respectively. The current KTM Duke series comes with an optional ABS (390 Duke receives ABS as standard) and we expect to see similar setup on the upcoming models as well. Expect to see display models of these upcoming motorcycles at the 2015 EICMA show with official launch and deliveries to commence in 2016.