For some time now, we have known that KTM intended to bring a 300cc-class version of its KTM 125 Duke motorcycle to market, thanks primarily to a leaked product road map that covered the Austrian company’s product line-up clear through the 2014 model year.
Slotted to bring the KTM 390 Duke to the US market this coming spring, the leaked road map has so far proven to be accurate, and has two interesting machines listed for 2014: the KTM Moto3 350 & KTM Enduro 350.
Now confirmed by KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer, KTM will debut a “faired” model (the KTM Moto3 350) and a “travel” model (KTM Enduro 350), which are based off the KTM 390 Duke platform, and will share the bike’s 375cc single-cylinder engine.
Talking to India’s CNBC-TV18, Pierer stated that KTM will continue to rollout models every six months, with the faired sport bike and enduro model included in that plan. This is the second time that Pierer’s has confirmed the “faired” machine, which is said to take heavy cues from the company’s Moto3 race bike.
News on the “enduro” model, however, has been a rarity, and the bike is in full-speculation mode. With conjecture raging from something that is more adventure-touring related, to something that is more along the lines of a street motard, it is still anyone’s guess what will debut from the Austrian brand.
Continuing his talk with CNBC-TV18, Pierer also outlined his plans in India, where a sub-200cc Duke will be built for that market, as well as KTM’s plans to push into Malaysia and Indonesia.
Interestingly enough though, the Austrian does not see KTM making its way into China anytime soon, saying “In China I am very careful because for me the culture doesn’t fit with my culture. So, as a race brand I want to win. If you go to China, you can just get the second place and that’s not what I like.”
The full interview is pretty interesting and worth a watch/read. Check it out on CNBC-TV18’s website.