10 kinds of people who should NOT buy KTMs

KTM’s motorcycles are becoming the first choice for a lot of bike enthusiasts in India. The fast going orange motorcycles are regular sights on Indian roads. Even though KTM motorcycles are on the wishlists of many, not everyone should buy one. We bring you 10 kinds of people who are better off avoiding KTMs.

People who want a relaxed bike

10 kinds of people who should NOT buy KTMs

People who want to cruise on their motorcycles feeling the wind against their face should not go for the orange rockets. The KTMs are not meant for relaxed riding at all. The high-revving engines are best enjoyed with the rev limiter kicking in during every gear change. If you want a relaxed ride from a motorcycle, look elsewhere.

Frequent upgraders

KTMs are not known to hold their values after a couple of years. In fact, KTM motorcycles lose their value by up to 30% in just 2 years. The reason is the low demand for the motorcycles on the used market. Also, KTMs owners are known for their fast riding, which wears out the engine quickly.

Peope who don’t like surprises

10 kinds of people who should NOT buy KTMs

If you don’t like surprises your motorcycle throws at you, please refrain from the KaTooMs. The motorcycles are known for their temperamental behaviour. KTMs can throw a lot of surprises to the rider due to their very unrefined power delivery. Riding a KTM in the city can be very much challenging because of this fact. If you are not a person who do not like unforeseen challenges, the KTM is not for you.

This stands true for novice youngsters who go for Duke 390. The Duke 390 is a very powerful motorcycle. The 373cc liquid cooled engine churns out a maximum of 43 BHP along with 35 Nm of torque. The motorcycle also weighs just 154 kg with all the fluids in place. It translates into immense power to weight ratio, which often leads to inexperienced riders crashing.

For those who want affordable maintenance

10 kinds of people who should NOT buy KTMs

KTM motorcycles operate at a very high engine rpm that translates into more heat, which in turn means a lot more wear and tear. KTM motorcycle parts need quicker replacement than the other brands. The same makes servicing these bikes expensive, thus increasing the cost of ownership over time.

Those who want accessible service centers

10 kinds of people who should NOT buy KTMs

Even though the sales and after-sale servicing of the KTM motorcycles are taken care by Bajaj, there are only a few Bajaj service centers that handle KTMs. Not all of the Bajaj service centres are equipped enough to handle the service of KTM motorcycles. Owners in smaller towns still need to go great distances to find authorised KTM service centres.

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Shantonil Nag

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