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Old 01-30-2015, 11:15 AM   #1
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BMW competition for the Duke 390 and 300 Ninja/CBR?

I looked but didn't see anything posted here about this new bike, thought I'd share.

BMW competition for the Duke 390 and 300 Ninja/CBR?

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...bmw-spied.html
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:17 AM   #2
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It looks like competition for the GROM.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:19 AM   #3
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It looks like competition for the GROM.
That's funny. But one thing I did notice was that they mention the possibility of a dual sport model as well.

Could there be a 2017 BMW F400GS?
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:31 AM   #4
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Three posts and zero pictures. What the shit.

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Old 01-30-2015, 11:36 AM   #5
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It looks like competition for the GROM.
maybe that guy is just 6'5
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:47 AM   #6
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That guy is either very tall or that bike is tiny. Either way, this is a new direction for BMW (-small displacement bikes).
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Old 01-30-2015, 05:25 PM   #7
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And probably $10k
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Old 01-31-2015, 04:37 PM   #8
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Looks like the bars would almost hit his leg in a turn.
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:13 PM   #9
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You have to spend north of 8k to not get a Chinese bmw, so I don't have high hopes.
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Old 02-01-2015, 01:11 AM   #10
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Which would you choose? An Indian built BMW or a Chinese bike like this 250:



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Old 02-01-2015, 08:40 AM   #11
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For someone as small as my wife (who has a grom) and is interested in the 390 Duke, this bike would probably be competitive.
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:43 PM   #12
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Made in INDIA.

Nuff said.
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:42 AM   #13
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Made in INDIA. Nuff said.
Seriously, what do you mean? That a KTM made in India is of lower quality product than a KTM made in Austria? What about a Bonneville made in Malaysia versus the UK? Do you mean that a BMW, KIA, Toyota or Hyundai that was assembled in USA is better than a Ford or Chevy made in Canada because a red blooded American wearing a Levi's and NASCAR t-shirt turned the wrenches during production? Do you mean that a Harley made in Brazil, India or in York are of different quality because of where they are made? Nonsense!
As long as the engineering standards are the same, which they are, I would gladly buy a KTM, Ducati, BMW, Triumph, etc that was made in India, or anywhere else for that matter, if I could save 20% due to labor/workmen's comp insurance/union/taxes/etc costs!
The retail success of Wal-Mart, which has never before been seen in history is proof that people want, and will buy, products at a good price, regardless if Niraj, Bubba, Kim Li, Klause or Hector assembled it!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming! The 390 Duke is pretty sweet isn't it!?
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:46 AM   #14
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[QUOTE=Eddy Alvarez;26099393]Seriously, what do you mean? That a KTM made in India is of lower quality product than a KTM made in Austria?

Yes. It is of lower quality.
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:07 AM   #15
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Seriously, what do you mean? That a KTM made in India is of lower quality product than a KTM made in Austria?

Yes. It is of lower quality.
IF this is true, it is ONLY b/c KTM has intentionally designed a cheaper bike, with cheaper materials to be offered at a lower price point to snare fresh blood into the KTM base with hopes of them "graduating" to a larger more expensive model down the road. Not because of the location of the factory.
Anyone with saddle time on KTM's made in both locations available to comment? How much more would a Austria 390 Duke cost than a Indian version? The labor costs in India must be significantly cheaper than the crazy Euro union costs.
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