In the sub-Rs. 3 lakh segment, the KTM Duke 390 and the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 represent great value for money and thrilling performance. But both motorcycles are totally different in the way their put down power, the ergonomics they offer and also the buyers they’re targeted at. A drag race between these motorcycles promises to be interesting stuff, and this is exactly what Ayush Verna, a Youtuber, has done. Check out the KTM Duke 390 – arguably the fastest affordable motorcycle in India – take on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 in a classic drag race. Here’s the video that shows not just a drag race from standstill but also drag races with rolling starts. Who do you think will nail this race?
As the video indicates, the lighter KTM Duke 390 beats the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 not just in a standing drag race but also in drag races with rolling starts. What this indicates is that power-to-weight ratio really matters when it comes to drag races, and an engine that picks up revs very quickly is what is needed to dominate the drag race. The KTM Duke 390 performs admirably in both standing starts and rolling starts, which shows the sheer torque on offer with this high revving motorcycle despite it having a much lower displacement, and also lower power and torque outputs.
The KTM Duke 390 is powered by a 373cc, liquid cooled four stroke single cylinder petrol engine with 44 Bhp of peak power and 37 Nm of peak torque. A 6 speed manual gearbox with slipper clutch is standard, and the motorcycle weighs just 149 kilograms. In contrast, the Royal Enfield Interceptor, which is powered by an air-oil cooled 647cc twin cylinder engine puts out 47 Bhp-52 Nm, and weighs a hefty 202 kilograms. Like the Duke 390, the Interceptor 650 gets a 6 speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch as standard.
Despite the big advantage in terms of power and torque, the heavy weight of the Interceptor 650 is the main reason why the motorcycle loses out in the drag race. While the KTM Duke 390 has frantic power delivery, begging the rider to rev it hard and ride it hard, the Interceptor 650 is more of a relaxed touring motorcycle that is very quick but just not as frantic as the KTM. The Interceptor 650 is meant for riders who ride on both city streets and highways while the Duke 390 is mainly for riders who want a super fast city commuter that can handle the occassional weekend dash. Prices of the KTM Duke 390 start from Rs. 2.37 lakhs, and the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 also starts from the same price.