Confirmed: KTM 350 Duke in 2013 – Moto3 Inspired 350cc Sport Bike in 2014

01/25/2012 @ 11:50 am, by Jensen Beeler26 COMMENTS

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Our friends over at IndianCarsBikes.in were in attendance at the KTM 200 Duke launch in India this week, as the Austrian brand launched its somewhat bigger-displacement version of the popular KTM Duke 125. During the press event, KTM talked about the future of the mini-Duke line and its product roadmap for the emerging country, as well as abroad. With the Austrian brand confirming/clarifying that KTM would release a KTM 350 Duke for India in 2013, zie Austrians also confirmed that the KTM 350 Duke would be built locally in India by Bajaj, but would be exported worldwide — allaying fears that the KTM 350 Duke would be an India-only model.

Confirming the information learned from the leaked PowerPoint slide that was taken from the KTM North America dealers’ meeting, it is also expected that the KTM 350 Duke will be a bored-out version of the KTM 200 Duke. This news of course should excite American motorcyclists, who have been eagerly and patiently awaiting a larger version of the KTM 125 Duke to hit US soil. Equally exciting has been the news that KTM would release a fully-faired sport bike in the 350cc format.

Aptly called the Moto3 350 for now, it is expected that this model will take its styling from KTM’s Moto3 project, and will essentially be a fully-faired version of the KTM 350 Duke. Confirming at the launch that the KTM Moto 350 would be built in India, and be available worldwide in 2014, KTM could give the small-displacement sport bike market a serious run for its money if they can price the model competitively against the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and Honda CBR250R.

KTM Moto3 Race Bike Renders:

Source: IndianCarsBikes.in

Comment:

  1. MikeD says:

    Ok, now make it a reality. PopCorn is being pop’d as i type and my L.A.Z.Y Boy recliner in position.
    On a side note, wasn’t the 125cc 4T Mini-RSV4 looking thing suposed to be here too already ? Or was that all just a Bad Dream ?

  2. MikeD says:

    I hope Aprilia reconsider it’s crazy idea and bump it to 250cc + for the USA Market.

  3. mxs says:

    That would be too expensive for low volume manufacture like Aprilia to make a 250 (engine they don’t have right now). I don’t think the 125 was ever confirmed reliably for US market. Canada has had some success with CBR125 and they didn’t get the Aprilia 125 ….

    KTM 350 in street legal sport bike trim … my wallet is opening right now. 40ishHP, under 300lbs …. sounds like something many people would love, incl. myself

  4. MikeD says:

    @MXS:

    IMHO squeezing 40hp out of a 350cc single would put un-desirable traits on it for a street bike (not impossible but the periodic maintenance intervals would be Aprilia SXV450/550 SHORT ).
    Maybe something along the 30-35hp range ? … again… just gessing by what i have seen/heard.

    Yes, i doubt the whole Aprilia thing will ever happen in any form or shape but hey… like the crazy professor from Futurama said:

    A man can dream, a man can dream.

  5. Westward says:

    I want one… The 350-500 cc range of bikes are seriously under-represented…

  6. If the KTM Moto3 350 bike will be nice and peaky, reminiscent of my old RD400 Daytona Special, sign me up.

  7. Halfie 30 says:

    Being a Ducati guy, I have naturally been intrigued by the RC8. Hoping to get my hands on one later this year. If the KTM full fairings 350 makes in over here, and I enjoy the RC8 as much as I think I will, you can bet I will be selliing my 800ss to have an RC8 mini me…. LOL

  8. alex kurys says:

    Confirmed: KTM 350 Duke in 2013 – Moto3 Inspired 350cc Sport Bike in 2014 – http://t.co/jrUG3XpY #motorcycle

  9. BBQdog says:

    A fully-faired version of the KTM 350 Duke ? At last my dreams come true.

  10. BBQdog says:

    (if they had one today I would buy one today and I mean that)

  11. Enrico says:

    MikeD says:
    January 25, 2012 at 3:37 PM
    IMHO squeezing 40hp out of a 350cc single would put un-desirable traits on it for a street bike.

    Hello I’m Italian, here the Duke 200 cc. has just been launched and it developes 26hp., so maybe 40hp for a 350 cc. is possible (26 / 200 * 350 = 45,5).
    Duke 200 is not actually on sale but dealers are already accepting orders (at € 4290, just a bit more than the 125 Duke) as it will be available on may 2012. I sat on the 200 at EICMA last november, almost identical to the 125 apart from the sticker on tank.
    I came to this forum because I’m regularly scannering the web in search for news about the 350 Duke wich is my definite DREAM BIKE ! Today I’m an happy man.

  12. Random says:

    Now just do the same to the 690 Duke!

  13. Damo says:

    I would love a fully faired street legal, 350-500 cc race rep. Can’t really get one in the states. Would have to get an old Yamaha SR500 and make your own, lol.

  14. Dc4go says:

    How cool…….. That’ll be a great alterative to a Kawi 250 or even the Honda… Keep it reallly light, single cylinder, and sexy ass hell!!!!

  15. BBQdog says:

    >>>Hello I’m Italian, here the Duke 200 cc. has just been launched and it developes 26hp

    At the crank I suppose.

    The Honda CBR 250 R produces 22.6 bhp and the Kawa Ninja 250R does 26.4 at the rear wheel.

  16. Enrico says:

    BBQdog says: At the crank I suppose.

    The Honda CBR 250 R produces 22.6 bhp and the Kawa Ninja 250R does 26.4 at the rear wheel.

    Oh yes, at the crank. Official KTM’s 2012 Catalogue in my hands says: “26 hp @ 10.000 rpm”. No figures about torque. An Indian web site seen today has a road test of this tiny beauty launched yesterday on that market (the home market !) and declares a top speed of 135 kmh on the gauge.
    Yes CBR an Ninjia are more powerful, but with a bigger displacement and a higher weight (126 kg the Duke 200, w/out fuel) and… much less sex appeal – don’t you think so ? :)

  17. RJ says:

    OH YES! Now we are talking. Leave it to a company of enthusiasts like KTM to build the road-going mini GP bike we always wanted…

    Hope this revitalizes the small-bore sportbike segment!

  18. mxs says:

    My DRZ400 is well under stressed (guys are moding the crap out of it; 45HP with pipe and few other things) and it’s rated I believe at 33HP. So I am usre KTM can do 40ish with their 350. It will be much lighter I hope, so even 35ish would still be fun with reasonable oil changes without compromising reliability. To me anyways.

  19. MikeD says:

    Enrico says:
    Official KTM’s 2012 Catalogue in my hands says: “26 hp @ 10.000 rpm”. No figures about torque. An Indian web site seen today has a road test of this tiny beauty launched yesterday on that market (the home market !) and declares a top speed of 135 kmh on the gauge.
    Yes CBR an Ninjia are more powerful, but with a bigger displacement and a higher weight (126 kg the Duke 200, w/out fuel) and… much less sex appeal – don’t you think so ? :)
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    26hp ? Not bad. 135km/h(~83mph) on the dream-o-meter ? Not bad either unless ur planning on never getting on the highway… and stick to an urban setting.
    But im almost positive we’ll never see this bike on this side of the Atlantic.
    Here (USA) in the land of “If it doesn’t have fairings tuff luck selling that” and “Bigger(heavier is better)” i also doubt it would do better than both the Honda and Kawasaki.
    I certainly can apreciate it for what it is, a FRUGAL, GOOD LOOKING, LITE motorcycle…i bet it would make a good daily beater but knowing KTM it would cost a MINI-FORTUNE compared to the other 2 bikes i previously mentioned…and to gain what compared to those 2 ?
    And im sure geting parts for it takes longer than any of the Nihongo OEMs.
    But they try…i’ll give them that much.
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    RJ says:
    Leave it to a company of enthusiasts like KTM to build the road-going mini GP bike we always wanted…
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    Ok…..but at what cost ? Have u seen KTM’s prices even before the economy got in the toilet ? Not cheap exactly. I wouldn’t pay Ninja 650 $$$ for such a bike…wich im sure they will love to make it’s MSRP…HOPE im wrong…besides…there’s no hard evidence yet such delicacy will come to the USA, YET.
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    mxs says:
    January 26, 2012 at 4:06 PMMy DRZ400 is well under stressed (guys are moding the crap out of it; 45HP with pipe and few other things) and it’s rated I believe at 33HP. So I am usre KTM can do 40ish with their 350. It will be much lighter I hope, so even 35ish would still be fun with reasonable oil changes without compromising reliability. To me anyways.
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    Coming from a real world user(you)…i’ll take that with a grain of salt.
    Personally i have never owned a single…so my xperience is limited to what i read on forums.

  20. jithin says:

    The price stated as introductory price in India is INR 1,17,000 ex-showroom.That
    equates to USD 2350.

  21. Enrico says:

    jithin says: “The price stated as introductory price in India is INR 1,17,000 ex-showroom. That
    equates to USD 2350″

    I’m afraid there’ll be no way we Europeans and you Americans will get the 350 for that bargain price, unfortunately :(
    Let’s do some estimates:
    Italian market TODAY: Duke 125cc € 4133; Duke 200cc € 4290 (launch price announced); CBR250cc € 4435; Ninja 250cc € 5230.
    Non-exotic 600cc naked are selling at about € 6000/ € 7000: Kawa ER-6N, Yamaha XJ6.
    I would imagine (and hope) a price slightly higher than € 5000 for the Duke 350.
    Now it’s up to you to convert these figures in US$ and adapt them to your market.

  22. mxs says:

    Why would you take it with a grain of salt? LOL …. Singles are great, city or around town kind of a bike. They will do hwy obviously, but you’d be on a wrong bike if that’s where you spend most of the time (I guess you have to, otherwise I cannot imagine why. Unless you live in Florida or something …). Yes they vibrate more than multicylinder bike, but you take the bad with the tons of good … :-)

    BTW, posting prices from different regions is close to useless, because there so much more into it than just conversion. Just ask a Canadian how do they like paying anywhere between 15-30% more on bikes and cars when compared to US prices. Be prepared for the outpour of an anger …. we’ve been milked for decades, so prices in India, are just that, prices in India. Prices in Italy are just prices in Italy.

  23. MikeD says:

    jithin says:
    January 27, 2012 at 4:42 AMThe price stated as introductory price in India is INR 1,17,000 ex-showroom.That
    equates to USD 2350.
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    The rest of the world will see those prices when a cure for AIDS, CANCER is discovered, Muslims treat their women like persons and when world hunger don’t exist.
    iN other words…NEVER.

  24. MikeD says:

    mxs says:
    January 27, 2012 at 10:09 AMWhy would you take it with a grain of salt? LOL …. Singles are great, city or around town kind of a bike. They will do hwy obviously, but you’d be on a wrong bike if that’s where you spend most of the time (I guess you have to, otherwise I cannot imagine why. Unless you live in Florida or something …). Yes they vibrate more than multicylinder bike, but you take the bad with the tons of good … :-)
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    U nailed it, good old FL(Miami to be precise)…no tight curves, elevation changes…nothing but straight roads, really wide long curves(when u find one), no Canyons or Hills…all that stuff people deem not exciting elsewhere in bikerdom.
    And people still wonder why there’s so many ‘Busas around…LOL.

    Yup, most of the time is highway for me (at night time, less traffic too), TOO DANGEROUS to drive on the streets…to many IDIOT CAGERS, too much traffic and no one is bike aware…to them ur like a Deer wondering into and IN oncoming traffic. Like some kind of “game animal”.
    Heck, here u see on the news pretty often people just ran over cause they where trying to cross the road…on a bike it just makes it more xciting i guess for the killers.