News Round-Up: KTM 390 Duke Gets Slipper Clutch, Indian Owned Royal Enfield Outsources to UK

KTM 390 Duke Gets Slipper Clutch for 2015

KTM has quietly updated their 390 Duke for the 2015 model year, most noticeably with the inclusion of a slipper clutch – a feature that brings it in line with Kawasaki’s Ninja 300 and Z300 machines.

In addition to the slipper clutch (which we think could possibly decrease the fun factor in a bike like the 390 Duke which just screams at you to brake traction at the rear) it receives a number of minor tweaks. Best news is that service intervals have increased to 7,500 km (instead of the existing 5,000) which is absolutely brilliant.

LED indicators are now standard and handlebar grips from the RC390 have been brought across. There’s also some extra plastic shrouding around both the front forks and rear shock.

Unfortunately, there’s no indication at this stage from KTM as to whether the slipper clutch will be made available on the RC390. Given that the RC390 is being so heavily promoted and used as a track bike, the decision to install a slipper clutch the Duke ahead of it has got us scratching our heads a bit.

The updated 390 Duke should be arriving in Indian showrooms soon, but no word on when it will make its way around the world.

KTM 390 Duke Road Test Review


Royal Enfield set to Open Factor in Britain

Globalization has gone full circle, with formerly British brand Royal Enfield, now an Indian company, planning to open a factory in Leicestershire by the end of 2015. Royal Enfield has made no secret of its plans to become a force globally and this is but the first step in their efforts to do so.

With retro (and retro-looking) motorcycles becoming more and more popular, it’s the perfect time for Royal Enfield to make a worldwide comeback. In a statement from the company’s chief executive, Siddhartha Lal, he said: ‘Royal Enfield continues to grow at a phenomenal pace and this year we have achieved our best ever sales of over 300,000 units. In 2015, we plan to manufacture 450,000 units.

‘With a view to become the leader in the global mid-sized motorcycling, Royal Enfield will build two new technology centers. The larger one will be at a new 4.5 acre property that we have acquired on Old Mahabalipuram Road in Chennai, and will be operational by Q2 2016; a smaller satellite center is being set up in Leicestershire, UK, and will be operational by the end of 2015.’

Royal Enfield Continental GT


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