Yes, we know that’s a bummer. KTM India has been delaying the launch of the new 790 Duke for quite sometime. Now, it is apparent from the headline that the process has got delayed even more. However, there is a valid reason for the same. You can dig right into the juicy details below.
Very curious to know what’s the delay behind the 790 Duke launch
First up, around 50 units of the KTM 790 Duke have arrived at Bajaj’s Chakan facility from Mattighofen, Austria. KTM has a plant over there. These semi knocked-down or SKD kits of the 790 Duke, when assembled in India, cannot be priced below Rs 8 lakh, ex-showroom. This means an on-road price of Rs 10 lakh or just above it. At this price point, KTM India might lose the pricing advantage it usually has over its rivals.
Now, the real reason for the delay and this might work to the advantage of both KTM as well as the 790 Duke customers, is the price reduction. KTM India is actively looking at CKD assembly of the 790 Duke. Vendors have already been asked to get in local components and a separate assembly line too is being set up for the same. Trial production runs will being in a few days from now. Hopefully, things will be all set by May 2019 and KTM will be able to dispatch the motorcycles to dealerships ahead of the launch in June. The estimated KTM 790 Duke price in India is Rs 7 lakh, ex-showroom.
What happens to the 50 units?
If you are one of the lucky customers, KTM will end up selling these motorcycles along with the regular CKD units. This means few of the customers will get CKD units with Austrian workmanship but with an Indian warranty. This was revealed to us by a source close to the development. However, if this really happens or not cannot be confirmed at the moment.
Any word on the KTM 390 Duke Adventure?
Yes, the 390 Duke Adventure too is ready to be launched. However, Bajaj-KTM wants to launch the 790 first and the 390 Adventure should follow after a month.