Bajaj and KTM partnership in India has resulted in a lot of high-performance affordable bikes in the Indian market. The most powerful KTM bike officially available in India is the 390 Duke. KTM updated the 390 Duke with extremely sharp design and it looks very aggressive. Even though the 390 Duke is considered as affordable, the price tag of Rs. 2.4 lakhs keeps it away from many enthusiasts.
Here is a modification job that transforms a Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS to a KTM 390 Duke. It sure looks inspired by the Duke 390 but it is not an exact copy of the 390 Duke. The video shows that most of the parts have been taken from the 390 Duke to give it the original look and it even gets an aftermarket exhaust with the Akrapovic written on it. To give the original KTM 390 Duke look, the headlamp has been modified with LED DRLs with LED headlamp in the middle. The headlamp unit is not same as the 390 Duke. However, indicators have been picked up directly from the 390 Duke.
The Pulsar 200 NS also gets an exoskeleton to mimic Duke’s exposed chassis. The tank gets customised extensions that have been styled as the 390 Duke. It even gets a modified tail section with aggressive LED lamps. Apart from these, the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS seen in the video gets new accessories like handlebar guards, aftermarket chain and sprocket and body sliders to save it from the falls.
The KTM 390 Duke is much more powerful than the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS. No changes have been done to the engine of the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS and it stays stock. However, it is not known if the aftermarket exhaust added any extra power to the bike. In stock form, the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS is powered by a single-cylinder, water-cooled, 199.5cc engine that generates a maximum of 23.2 Bhp and 18.3 Nm. It gets a 6-speed transmission. The KTM 390 Duke is powered by a 373cc engine that generates a maximum power of 43 Bhp and 37 Nm of peak torque. It also gets a 6-speed transmission.
Both the bikes are made at the Bajaj Auto factory in Chakan and are exported to many foreign markets. The KTM 390 Duke is priced at Rs. 2.4 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi while the Pulsar 200 NS is priced at Rs. 97,000, ex-showroom. The 390 Duke gets many additional features like switchable dual channel ABS, full TFT console and full LED headlamp. Even though the Pulsar 200 NS may look like the KTM 390 Duke after the series of modifications, it won’t be able to match the performance of the 390 Duke. The price of these modifications is not known.