The motorcycle scene in India has seen vast improvements in the last decade both in terms of rider awareness and the sheer number of options available at almost every price range. Now we have a ton of great bikes under Rs. 3 lakh price mark ranging from lightweight nakeds, fully faired bikes and highway cruisers among others. A few popular names include the KTM Duke 390, Bajaj Dominar 400, and the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. For those of you wondering which among them is the fastest, the video below by Ayush Verma pits them all against each other on a long highway drag race.
Now all the three bikes here belong to different categories and are targeted at a different segment of buyers. Therefore, the result of this drag race does not demean any bike as they are still the best in their respective segments. Talking about the results, the KTM Duke 390 wins the race hands down followed by the Bajaj Dimnar 400 and then the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.
The Duke zooms past the other 2 bikes as soon as the race starts. Initially, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is at the second position but the Dominar overtakes it once the speedometer crosses 160-165 km/h mark. The Interceptor is the most powerful of the lot but also the heaviest bike here. Speaking of which, the Dominar weighs 184 kg, the Duke weighs 163 kg, and the Interceptor 650 weighs 202 kg. The Duke is helped by its extremely light body and this is the reason it shoots off like a dart from the start line.
The results here also depend on various factors like rider’s expertise, rider weight and launch time among others. Also, the bikes used here might be modified so the result here just gives an idea of how these bikes would perform. Therefore, the results should be taken with a pinch of salt and KTM Duke 390 owners must not take the fight up to your neighbours after seeing the video.
Talking about the technical specification of the bikes, the KTM Duke 390 is powered by a 373cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 44 Bhp of peak power and 37 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch as standard. The Royal Enfield Continental GT650, on the other hand, is powered by an air-oil cooled 647cc twin-cylinder engine that churns out a good 47 Bhp of power along with 52 Nm of torque. It also gets a 6-speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch as standard. Lastly, the Bajaj Dominar is powered by a 373 cc engine that churns out 39.4 Bhp and 35 Nm of torque. This engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.